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Factors influencing the performance of regional fisheries management organizations


Haas, B and McGee, J and Fleming, A and Haward, M, Factors influencing the performance of regional fisheries management organizations, Marine Policy, 113 Article 103787. ISSN 0308-597X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103787


A key challenge for humanity is to conserve and sustainably use the earth's oceans and marine resources as millions of people rely on fish for food, income, and well-being. Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) are key players in international fisheries management. However, despite their importance, the ability of these institutions to manage fisheries in a sustainable way and to prevent overfishing has often been questioned. This article aims to provide an overview of issues which impact the RFMOs performance. We conducted an extensive literature review to summarize issues which were mentioned in the peer-reviewed literature. Moreover, we also discuss the impact of new international agreements and processes, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the currently negotiated agreement for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction, due to the overlap of themes such as biodiversity protection and sustainable fisheries management. We identified 17 issues which were mentioned in the literature, with the most frequent ones being precautionary and ecosystem approach and decision-making. RFMOs are slowly making progress regarding these issues and some organizations are already applying good practices. This highlights the importance of RFMOs to learn from each other. While the agreement for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction might potentially impact RFMOs and speed up to the process of applying best practices, the sustainable development goals are less likely to influence RFMOs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:regional fisheries organisations, Sustainable Development Goals, performance reviews, precautionary approach, conservation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Haas, B (Miss Bianca Haas)
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:136592
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2020-01-10
Last Modified:2020-12-01

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