Chapter 3 Regional fisheries management
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Despite the ongoing development of regional fisheries bodies there is concern over the state of high seas fisheries, and the ability of regional fisheries organizations (RFOs) (or more correctly the actions of individual state party to the RFO), to constrain catches and capacity, and challenges as a result of a lack of cooperation between states, conflicting interests in resource utilization and conservation, fragmented responsibilities, lack of political will, lack of enforcement and perverse economic incentives facilitating ‘free riding’. This chapter outlines key developments in regional fisheries management focusing on external drivers and internal debates and introduces a set of evaluative criteria to assess RFOs.

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