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Webinar: Preparing Ocean Governance for Species on the Move

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 12:00

Tuesday, October 23, 2018. 12:00PM. Webinar: Preparing Ocean Governance for Species on the Move. Malin Pinsky, Rutgers University. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here. 

Fisheries provide critical sources of food and employment for people around the world, and yet rapid shifts in the geographic distribution of marine animals represent an emerging governance challenge for which states and international bodies are underprepared. Past experience suggests that conflict, overfishing, and ultimately fewer marine resources to share are common outcomes when fished stocks move across political boundaries. Moreover, the projected widespread emergence of new transboundary stocks and the gaps in current institutions suggest that new policy and legal approaches are needed to facilitate cooperation. Potential solutions could include broadening the scope of negotiations and mandates, regular governance updates to reflect changes in stock distribution, internationally tradable fisheries permits, and neutral research bodies to guide negotiations. The challenges of shifting fisheries are entirely foreseeable, and with sufficient preparation, ocean fisheries can continue to provide the benefits relied upon by billions of people.

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