Towards Sustainable Fisheries Law

15 July 2009 | News story

As most of the fish resources in the world’s oceans are constantly depleting, the development of effective and efficient instruments of fisheries management becomes crucial. Against this background, the IUCN Environmental Law Programme proudly presents its latest publication in the IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper Series, edited by Gerd Winter, a long standing member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, which focuses on a legal approach towards sustainable and equitable management of fish resources.

This publication is one of the results of the 2005-2008 Incofish project, an interdisciplinary endeavour with worldwide participation studying multiple demands on coastal zones and viable solutions for resource use with emphasis on fisheries. The book consists of six case studies including Indonesia, Kenya, Namibia, Brazil, Mexico and the EU, which are preceded by an analysis of the international law requirements concerning fisheries management. The final part of the book summarises the case studies and proposes a methodology for diagnosing problems in existing management systems and developing proposals for reform.

Towards Sustainable Fisheries Law thus provides a practical tool which helps the reader to learn more about the international legal regime for fisheries management which is currently in place, improves the understanding of the institutional and legal problems related to fisheries management which countries face at the national level, and provides guidance for sustainable use of fish resources through a “legal clinic” for fisheries management. IUCN congratulates the editor as well as the different authors of this volume for developing a great piece of legal research and analysis which successfully links legal theory with practice.

Download the book here

Links: Incofish project: www.incofish.org