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Marine Policy

An Introduction to Governance and International Law of the Oceans, 1st Edition

By Mark Zacharias


336 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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This textbook provides the reader with a foundation in policy development and analysis and describes how policy, including legal mechanisms, is applied to marine environments around the world. It offers a systematic treatment of all aspects of marine policy, including environmental protection, fisheries, transportation, energy, mining and climate change.

It starts with a biophysical overview of the structure and function of the marine environment with a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities of managing the marine environment. An overview of the creation and function of international law is then provided with a focus on international marine law. It explores the geographic and jurisdictional dimensions of marine policy, as well the current and anticipated challenges facing marine systems, including climate change-related impacts and resource over-exploitation. The book should appeal to senior undergraduate and graduate students and form a core part of the curriculum for marine affairs, science and policy courses. It will also provide supplementary reading for students taking a course in the law of the oceans, but is not aimed at legal specialists.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Marine Environment: The Structure and Function of the World’s Oceans

2. An Introduction to International Law: International Marine Law and United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

3. An Introduction to Policy: Instruments for Marine Law and Policy

4. Developing and Analyzing Policies: An Introduction to Policy Analysis

5. Marine Environmental Protection Policy: International Efforts to Address Threats to Marine Biodiversity

6. International Fisheries Policy: Sustaining Global Fisheries for the Long Term

7. Marine Transportation and Safety Policy: The Operation and Regulation of International Shipping

8. International Law and Policy of the Polar Oceans: Governing the Southern and Arctic Oceans

9. International Law and Policy Related to Offshore Energy and Mining: Renewable and Non-renewable Resource Development on Continental Shelves and in the Area

10. Integrated Approaches to Ocean Management: Putting Policy into Practice and Managing Across Sectors

Conclusion: A Report Card on Ocean Management

About the Author

Mark Zacharias is an Assistant Deputy Minister in the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment, Canada. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is co-author of the book Marine Conservation Ecology (Earthscan, 2011).

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Earthscan Oceans

Earthscan Oceans

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to oceans and the marine environment, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes research monographs, textbooks and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Oceanography
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Fisheries & Aquaculture