1st Edition

Global Change in Marine Systems Societal and Governing Responses

Edited By Patrice Guillotreau, Alida Bundy, R. Ian Perry Copyright 2018
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Marine social and ecological systems around the world face multiple natural and anthropogenic stressors associated with global change. The resulting changes can create hardship for local societies that depend on them for food, livelihoods and wellbeing. Knowing how to respond to global change in a timely and appropriate manner is increasingly occupying the attention of researchers, policy makers, decision makers and practitioners around the world.


    Written by an international group of researchers from the natural and social sciences, Societal and governing responses to Global Change in Marine Systems analyses and appraises societal and governing responses to change, highlighting and explaining similarities and distinctions between successful, and less successful, responses. The authors present "I-ADApT", an analytical framework that enables decision makers to consider possible responses to global change, based on experiences elsewhere. Within this volume, I-ADApT is applied to 20 enlightening case studies covering a wide range of marine systems that have been challenged by critical global change issues around the world.


    Introducing innovative research to work towards a range of possible responses to global change, Societal and governing responses to Global Change in Marine Systems will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers and practitioners interested in fields such as: Environment & Natural Resources, Marine Resources and social sciences.



    List of contributors

    Introduction: Societal and governing responses to global change in marine systems


    Part1_Oyster farming systems under stress

    Chapter 1_Oyster farming in Matsushima Bay, Japan

    Chapter 2_Ocean acidification and Pacific oyster larval failures in the Pacific Northwest United States

    Chapter 3_ Mass mortality of farmed oysters in France: bad responses and good results

    Part 2_Vulnerable mixed fisheries

    Chapter 4_ Fisheries in Indonesia between livelihoods and environmental degradation: Coping strategies in the Spermonde Archipelago, Sulawesi

    Chapter 5_The Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea Action Plan and the challenge of adaptiveness

    Part 3_Coastal water quality issues

    Chapter 6_The crisis management of Amvrakikos Gulf (W. Greece) massive fish mortality: Lessons learned from the handling of a 950 tons dead farmed fish biomass

    Chapter 7_ The crisis management of a Chatonella fish kill within the semi-enclosed embayment of Maliakos Gulf (CE Aegean Sea), Greece

    Chapter 8_Clam harvesting in the Venice Lagoon, Italy

    Chapter 9_ The case study of the regional ICM system introduced voluntarily by the prefectural government in Omura Bay, Japan

    Chapter 10_Conservation of the short-necked clam in Yokohama, Japan

    Part 4_Overexploited and weakly governable fisheries

    Chapter11_A Balancing Act: Managing Multiple Pressures to Fisheries and Fish Farming in Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System, Philippines

    Chapter 12_Threats of extreme events to the Bangladesh Sundarbans: Vulnerabilities, responses and appraisal

    Chapter 13_Transition and Development in the Jin-shanzui Fishing Village near Shanghai, China

    Chapter 14_Climate variability, overfishing and transformation in the small pel


    Patrice Guillotreau is Professor of Economics at the University of Nantes, France

    Alida Bundy is a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Ian Perry is a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    "This book fills a gaping hole and comes at just the right time. Pulling together experience from a diverse set of examples – from around the globe, across scales and cultures – it provides a quick reference guide for managers and others interested in dealing with the effects of global change on marine socioecological systems. This is the kind of go-to guide that will see us jump from simply identifying problems to doing something about it and finding our way to robust solutions."

    —Beth Fulton, Research Group Leader Ecosystem Modelling and Risk Assessment, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere; Adjunct Professor Centre of Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania

    "This is a brave, important attempt to deal with uncertainty in global fisheries. Using case studies from around the world, it seeks to come to grips with both the local and the global, generating a rich and sophisticated analysis that recognises the complexities inherent in global change for marine systems, their interdependent social systems and the range of governance behaviours that exist across the globe. Taking into account many aspects of the social-ecological systems involved (including such difficult issues as poverty, equity, gender, migration, power, biodiversity, for example) the authors make a compelling case for flexibility in the governance of social-ecological systems. They also make a convincing plea for a widely-informed context for scientific (including humanities and social sciences) research, through the use of a template that can point to strengths and weaknesses in such systems and hence provide guidance for policy makers as they wrestle with the seemingly intractable problems of marine ocean governance."

    —Rosemary E. Ommer, Adjunct Professor, Departments of History and Geography, University of Victoria, and University Grantscrafter, Office of Research Services

    "This unique and timely collection of case studies from many parts