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Into the Deep Blue Sea: Commons Theory and International Governance of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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dc.contributor.author Epstein, Graham
dc.contributor.author Nenadovic, Mateja
dc.contributor.author Boustany, André
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-17T14:13:35Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-17T14:13:35Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9587
dc.description.abstract "The need to understand how to sustainably govern oceanic fisheries has become increasingly urgent as their contribution to global food security and livelihoods are threatened by declining stocks. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (ABFT) is a prominent example of the complexities associated with widely distributed oceanic resources, extending in this case to include much of the North-Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. This distribution has led to limited attention from commons theorists that tend to focus on small-scale social ecological systems. Therefore in order to explore the fit between theories of the commons developed in small-scale systems, we apply the Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database (SESMAD) to systematically analyze ABFT governance over a 22 year period. The results, which focus on the effects of resource characteristics, broadly correspond to the expectations of commons theory. Interestingly, however, the addition of resource storage in the form of ABFT ranches appears to be contributing to unsustainable harvests. This stands in contrast to previous findings in the commons literature that storage tends to enhance prospects for sustainable governance. Therefore several alternative hypotheses are developed by comparing and contrasting attributes of ABFT and canal irrigation storage. These hypotheses may be used in future research to evaluate the conditions in which storage enhances prospects for sustainable governance." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject bluefin tuna en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject theory en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Into the Deep Blue Sea: Commons Theory and International Governance of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 8 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 277-303 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth August en_US

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