Marine Resource Policy and Management

Acheson, James M. 2003. Capturing the Commons: Devising Institutions to Manage the Maine Lobster Industry. Hanover: University of New England Press. Acheson provides a detailed case study of the Maine lobster fishery and argues that it is a successfully managed fishery that can serve as a model for sustainable fisheries management for policy makers, politicians, and communities dealing with such issues.

Buck, Susan J. 1998. The Global Commons: An Introduction. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. This is a short book that explains how governance regimes evolve for major areas of international interest including Antarctica, oceans, atmospheres and outer space. Theories from Elinor Ostrom and Oran Young are used to explain the phenomena.

Cortner, Hanna J. and Margaret A. Moote. 1999. The Politics of Ecosystem Management. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. This book argues that ecosystem management is primarily achieved through social and political change within a democratic context. The authors want to build on the American ideals of self-governance with innovations that will improve the management of natural resources. Though not based on marine examples, this book lays out the same trends in management often found when dealing with coastal lands and marine resources.

Felt, Lawrence and Barbara Neis, ed. 2000. Finding Our Sea Legs: Linking Fishery People and Their Knowledge with Science and Management. Newfoundland: ISER Books. This book is a compilation of theoretical discussions on the need to combine fishers’ knowledge with traditional methods for stock assessment and management and presents some case studies for methods. It focuses primarily on the North Atlantic.

Playfair, Susan R. 2003. Vanishing Species: Saving the Fish, Sacrificing the Fishermen. Hanover: University Press of New England. Playfair provides an account of New England groundfishing since the Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA) was passed in 1996. The SFA resulted in the development of regulations aimed at rebuilding groundfish stocks. Vanishing Species tells the story of the ongoing debate among New England fishermen and communities, federal regulators, scientists, and environmentalists around the state of groundfish stocks and corresponding management strategies. Playfair interviewed a variety of stakeholders, including fishermen, fisheries scientists, public officials, politicians, restaurant managers, and environmentalists, which provide the reader with insights into the perspectives of those personally involved in groundfish sustainability issues.

Weber, Michael L. 2002. From Abundance to Scarcity: A History of U.S. Marine Fisheries Policy. Weber (formerly affiliated with the Center for Marine Conservation and the National Marine Fisheries Service) describes the historical development of the American government's fisheries policy and institutions. The book covers the period from the late nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the post World War II period. Based on archival documents and interviews with policymakers, From Abundance to Scarcity traces the thinking, legislation, mandates, people, and interests that have shaped the agencies and policies governing fisheries in the United States.

Wilder, Robert Jay. 1998. Listening to the Sea: The Politics of Improving Environmental Protection. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press. "The Past" (pp 1-106) gives a concise and readable history of the basic framework for ocean governance (with a US bias). Wilder's bibliography provides a list of key books and articles about ocean and coastal policy issues.

Brooks, L. Anathea and Stacey D. VanDeveer, Editors. 1997. Saving the Seas: Values, Scientists, and International Governance. College Park, Md.: Maryland Sea Grant. This is a compilation of essays by leading experts on how to understand environmental challenges in the sea and how to approach their resolution. The scope is international and the themes touch on ethics, religion, leadership, scientists, knowledge, sovereignty, democracy, and others.


**Special thanks to Marc Hershman, Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Marine Affairs (http://www.sma.washington.edu/ ), for sharing a reading list from the SMA 500 course, from which many of these books and summaries were drawn.

 
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