Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles

Canadian and International Perspectives


The management of transboundary fish stocks might be described as a complex mosaic. Multiple fora are trying to incrementally shift the fisheries management course towards a sustainable future. Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements in Light of Sustainability Principles reviews and critiques key recasting efforts with a primary focus on Canada’s transboundary fisheries management arrangements for the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It provides a primer on the international law and policy framework governing transboundary fisheries and offers bilateral and regional case studies in the search for more principled fisheries governance approaches based on the new sustainability imperatives.

This book offers current Canadian and international perspectives on the challenges facing regional fisheries management organizations, as well as bilateral and national arrangements, as they face the tides of sustainability reform. Struggles to implement precautionary and ecosystem approaches are especially highlighted.
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Biographical Note

Dawn A. Russell is Associate Professor and Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Her research and writings have focused on international and comparative oceans law.

David L. VanderZwaag holds the Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. He has written extensively in the marine and environmental law fields.

Table of contents


Chapter 1: Recasting Transboundary Fisheries Management Arrangements In Light Of
Sustainability Principles

Part One: Understanding the International and Regional Transboundary Fisheries Management Context
Chapter 2: The International Law and Policy Seascape Governing Transboundary Fisheries
Chapter 3: Ecosystem and Precautionary Approaches to International Fisheries Governance: Beacons of Hope, Seas of Confusion and Illusion
Chapter 4: Observations on Compliance and Enforcement and Regional Fisheries Institutions: Overcoming the Limitations of the Law of the Sea

Part Two: Pacific Bilateral and Regional Case Studies
Chapter 5: The Pacific Salmon Commission
Chapter 6: Canada’s Pacific Fisheries Agreements: Halibut, Hake, Tuna, and Salmon Outside 200
Chapter 7: The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission: Management Challenges and Development Imperatives

Part Three: Atlantic Transboundary Arrangements
Chapter 8: Canada–United States Bilateral Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Main: Struggling Towards Sustainability Under the Radar Screen
Chapter 9: Canada and St. Pierre and Miquelon Transboundary Relations: Battles and Bridges
Chapter 10: NAFO and ICCAT: The Implementation of Sustainability Principles and Practices in the Management of Straddling Stocks and Highly Migratory Species
Chapter 11: The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO): Surpassing a 25 Year Voyage in Transboundary Cooperation but Still Confronting a Sea of Challenges

Part Four: International Scholarly Perspectives
Chapter 12: Achieving Ecosystem Management Across Political Boundaries: Key Challenges during the Bargaining Process
Chapter 13: Port State Jurisdiction to Combat IUU Fishing: The Port State Measures Agreement
Chapter 14: The Northeast Atlantic Fisheries Commission and the Implementation of Sustainability Principles: Lessons To Be Learned?
Chapter 15: The Role of the European Union in Regional Fisheries Organizations
Chapter 16: Performance Reviews of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations
Chapter 17: Allocation of Fishing Opportunities in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations: From Power to Law?

Chapter 18: Challenges and Future Directions in Transboundary Fisheries Management: Concluding Reflections


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