Overfishing, uncertainty, and ocean governance: Lord Perry's question revisited

Nevill, J.C. (2009) Overfishing, uncertainty, and ocean governance: Lord Perry's question revisited. PhD Thesis, University of Tasmania, 440pp.

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“Why does overfishing persist in the face of regulation?” The author argues that over fishing,a fundamental cause of the crisis facing our oceans, is the result of the failure of our fishing management agencies (ultimately our politicians and communities) to embrace a small suite of powerful tools (more correctly strategic approaches) which have been developed to account for uncertainty. Broad success in managing fisheries to achieve sustainability goals will only come if these tools are enthusiastically applied. This will not happen until organisational cultures within fishery management agencies undergo a major shift leading to an asset-based biodiversity conservation, rather than resource exploitation, to be placed at the centre of ocean governance.This thesis examines these issues in the context of case studies covering regional, national and provincial (State) fishery management agencies. With the exception of the case study of a regional fishery (the southern ocean krill fishery) all case studies are drawn from Australian experiences. The central recommendation of the thesis is that fishery management agencies, worldwide, should be replaced by biodiversity asset management agencies.

Item Type: Thesis
Title: Overfishing, uncertainty, and ocean governance: Lord Perry's question revisited
Personal Creator/Author:
Nevill, J.C.
Number of Pages: 440
Date: 2009
Department: School of Government
Institution: University of Tasmania
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; ocean governance; overfishing; uncertainty; precautionary principle; precautionary approach; ecosystem approach; adaptive management; krill; orange roughy; northern prawns; western rock lobster; abalone; spearfishing
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 3328
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 15 May 2010 12:43
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:36
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3328

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