Russian Fisheries Management

The Precautionary Approach in Theory and Practice


This book is the first comprehensive introduction to Russian fisheries management in the Western literature. It sets out the basic principles and organisational structure underlying Russian fisheries management and describes associated processes and practices, such as quota allocation, technical regulation and enforcement of fishery legislation. The book focuses attention on fisheries management at the federal level and in Russia’s northern fishery basin, which is the largest fishery region in European Russia. Problems such as institutional conflict, alleged corruption and incomplete legislation on fisheries are discussed, as are the assets of scientific and technical expertise found in the country’s Soviet legacy.
Throughout the book, the performance of the Russian system for fisheries management is evaluated in relation to the requirements of a precautionary approach to fisheries, as set out in contemporary international law.

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Geir Hønneland is a political scientist and senior research fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway. He has published widely on the management of natural resources and the environment in the European Arctic.
'Geir Hønneland has written the most authoriataive account of contemporary Russian fisheries management available in Western literature. Anyone who has wanted to understand developments in fisheries following the break-up of the former Soviet Union will fund this book fascinating...Hønneland 's systematic examinations of principle and practice in Russian fisheries are exceptional in terms of a very well-informed analysis and explanation. In a way, they set a standard for studies of other regional fisheries...'
David Fluharty, Polar Record, 2005.
'This excellent volume fills an important void in the international literature on fisheries management...a clear and informative analysis of Russian fisheries...a unique account of the policits of Russian fisheries management and its current legal and institutional context.'
Alf Håkon Hoel, Acta Borealia, 2004.
Preface, List of Abbreviations and Acronyms, English Abbreviations, Russian Abbreviations and Acronyms, I Background,
Chapter 1. Introduction, The Fisheries Under Investigation, The Emergence of the Precautionary Approach to Fisheries, The Questions to be Asked, Methodological Considerations, Outline of the Book, Chapter 2. Legal and Political Context , Federalism and Regional Self-Government: The Soviet Legacy, From RSFSR to the Russian Federation, Evolving Centre-Region Relations, Legal aspects, Political aspects, Economic aspects, Political Organisation of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts, Conclusions, II Structure and Principles,
Chapter 3. Fisheries Management at the Federal Level, The International Level, The National Level, Legislation, Objectives and principles, The institutional set-up, Conclusions,
Chapter 4. Fisheries Management at the Regional Level, The Northwest Russian Fishing Industry, The Role of Regional Authorities, The Role of Federal Agencies in the Region, The Role of Others, Target Groups NGOs and Research Institutes, Conclusions, III Process and Practices,
Chapter 5. Scientific Advice and Quota Allocation, Practices at the International Level, Scientific recommendations and establishment of TACs, Perceptions of scientific knowledge,Concern about national interest, Concern about the institutional set-up, Practices at the National Level, Quota distribution at the inter-regional level, Quota distribution at the regional level, Have fresh principles led to fresh practices?, Conclusions,
Chapter 6. Technical Regulation and Enforcement, Implementation Performance and Target Compliance, The Establishment of a Joint Enforcement, Arrangement with Norway, The Proposals of the Expert Group, Initial Co-Operative Measures, Main Areas of Co-Operation Since 1994, The Effectiveness of the Collaboration, Conclusions, IV Conclusion,
Chapter 7. Prospects for a Precautionary Fisheries Management?, Conclusions, The precautionary approach and other principles, Scientific advice and quota allocation, Technical regulation and enforcement, Explanations, New incentives, Institutional conflict, Prospects, System shortcomings, Institutional ‘assets’, Index.
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