A sweeping overview of the problems, politics, and policies of international and domestic management of the world's oceans.
We have polluted the land. We have polluted the air. And now we are polluting the oceans. But all is not lost. This unique new reference work provides a broad understanding of the complex international problems of ocean management and offers viable solutions and directions for the future.
The world ocean is one of the most important global resources. Without it most life on earth would not survive because the ocean provides temperature regulation and produces oxygen, among other vital functions. However, this life-sustaining resource faces dangerous threats from over fishing, industrial wastes, oil pollution, and loss of biodiversity.
Ocean Politics and Policy covers the major types of pollution, deep sea-bed mining, international jurisdictional disputes, and piracy, examining the underlying reasons for these problems and providing practical policy suggestions for reducing their impact. Special focus is placed on historical and contemporary ocean laws, from the concept of "freedom of the seas" to the 2001 Fishery Stock Agreement. Solving the problems facing the world ocean should be a high priority for the international community, and this book provides a starting place for this process.
Features • Provides a chronology of the development of ocean management • Reproduces portions of documents along with important raw data on world fish catch trends and whale populations
Highlights • The first extensive look at ocean management after the implementation of the 2001 Fishery Stock Agreement • Offers the most recent data and analysis of fisheries, whaling, and ocean security issues
Peter Jacques is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, in political science, studying global environmental politics. He has published in several areas of domestic and international environmental politics and policy, environmental security, and political economy.
Zachary Smith is Regents' Professor of political science at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
Reviews "...part of the Contemporary World Issues series that addresses topics vital to modern society such as genetic engineering, pollution, and biodiversity...The series provides a good first point of reference for research on these issues by high school and college students, scholars, and general readers... The reader needs no special training in ocean politics and policy to appreciate this book, and anyone interested in the World Ocean will gain from referencing it. It should be contained in the reference section of all public and school libraries."—American Reference Books Annual
"An excellent compliation of material on issues affecting the oceans of the world...Recommended for any library."—Reference & User Services Quarterly
"...this is a useful reference work for undergraduates...Highly recommended. General readers and undergraduate collections."—Choice