Journal Article

Fisheries management and institutional reform: a European perspective

David Symes

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 64, issue 4, pages 779-785
Published in print May 2007 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online February 2007 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsm007
Fisheries management and institutional reform: a European perspective

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Symes, D. 2007. Fisheries management and institutional reform: a European perspective. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64: 779–785.

Changes to the institutional frameworks that help shape fisheries policy-making are typically incremental and piecemeal, with governments content to tinker at the edges, but rarely willing to embrace fundamental reform. The present study outlines the nature of institutional frameworks and explores the need to ensure coherence across different scales of governance. Co-management and participative governance are commonly regarded as important recent developments. Although they may well satisfy notions of “good governance”, their ability to deliver better policy, more effective management, and sustainable fisheries is open to question. In the search to improve the efficacy of fisheries management, three key issues are identified: restructuring of co-management organizations, clarification of property rights, and development of an ecosystem-based approach. Finally, attention is drawn to the challenge to fisheries governance posed by moves towards integrated management.

Keywords: co-management; ecosystem-based approach; European Union; institutional frameworks; integrated management; participative governance; property rights

Journal Article.  6078 words. 

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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