Maximum Sustainable Yield of Marine Capture Fisheries in Developing Archipelagic States—Balancing Law, Science, Politics and Practice

In: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
Neil Andrew Director for National Resource Management at The WorldFish Center, Penang, Malaysia, PO Box 500 GPO, 10670 Penang, Malaysia;, Email:

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Gail Lugten Visiting Academic Scholar at The WorldFish Center, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 89, Hobart, 7001, Australia;, Email:

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The contemporary legal regime for marine capture fisheries is dominated by management based on maximum sustainable yield (MSY). This study examines the law, science, politics and practice of MSY in a selection of developing archipelagic states to assess whether and how MSY is being used in the management of single fish species and as part of a broader ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

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