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Social issues in sustainable fisheries management

Social issues in sustainable fisheries management

Urquhart, Julie, Acott, Tim G., Symes, David and Zhao, Minghua (eds.) (2014) Social issues in sustainable fisheries management. MARE Publication Series, 9 . Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London. ISBN 978-9400779105 ISSN 2212-6260

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Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries fisheries policies and management systems worldwide changed as commercial fish stocks declined and fishing pressure intensified. Increased technological developments have enabled fishing fleets to become highly mobile and efficient and, together with a growing demand for fish for human consumption, have contributed to 87 % of commercial fish stocks being either fully exploited or overexploited (FAO 2012). Unsurprisingly, the focus of fisheries policy and management has been directed at biological and economic dimensions in the effort to bring stocks back to sustainable levels and to protect marine environments. However, in the broad global context, social and cultural issues in fisheries policy and management have largely been ignored. Yet omitting socio-cultural objectives has consequences for many fishing communities that today are struggling to deal with the implications of such decision making (Symes and Phillipson, 2009; Urquhart et al., 2011). Examples may include increased levels of unemployment, outmigration, weaker community structures and economic difficulties, which are especially felt in fisheries dependent communities (Scottish Government 2009). These examples have a strong socio-cultural dimension while biological and economic factors are important contributing factors. Consequently, it is increasingly being recognised that sustainable fisheries will only be achieved by integrating management and policy across biological, social and economic dimensions (FCR, 2009).

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: [1] Hardcover published on 28 February 2014 [2] MARE Publication Series: ISSN 2212-6260. The MARE Publication Series is an initiative of the Centre for Maritime Research (MARE). [3] Social Issues in Sustainable Fisheries Management draws on the themes from a major international conference held at the University of Greenwich, London on 4–5 April 2011, titled “It’s Not Just About the Fish”. Over 100 delegates, including researchers, policy makers, fishermen (and fishermen’s wives) and industry representatives from 16 countries, including Europe, Australia, Canada, Nigeria, Pakistan and the USA, gathered together to discuss the social and cultural impacts of marine fishing on coastal communities.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable fisheries management, fisheries governance; social identity in fishing communities, fisher livelihoods, gender roles in fisheries
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR)
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