Marine and Fisheries Policies in Latin America: A Comparison of Selected Countries, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Marine and Fisheries Policies in Latin America

A Comparison of Selected Countries, 1st Edition

Edited by Manuel Ruiz Muller, Rodrigo Oyanedel, Bruno Monteferri


184 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-09-16
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This book reviews the frameworks and implementation of marine, fishery and coastal laws and policies in Chile, Mexico and Peru.

Chile, Mexico and Peru share biodiverse coastal and marine environments which are being affected by unregulated and informal developments, and thus share similar challenges. Each country is currently at a different stage of advancement in their institutional response to these complex challenges. By providing a comparison of the frameworks, approaches and overall implementation of policies and laws, this book acts as a tool to influence and inform further efforts in conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, particularly fisheries, in these countries and others in Latin America and the Caribbean. A broad range of issues are covered including food security, tourism, fisheries, oil and mineral extraction from the sea bed, wind power, coastal and marine pollution and endangered species conservation. The chapters compare how each country addresses these issues from an institutional, legal and policy perspective. The book concludes by identifying common lessons, reoccurring challenges and develops scalable recommendations applicable to the case study countries and the wider region.

The book will be of interest to advanced students, policy makers and researchers in marine and fishery science, law and policy.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Pedro Solano

Prologue by Juan Carlos Castilla


Manuel Ruiz, Rodrigo Oyanedel and Bruno Monteferri

1. Marine, coastal and fisheries issues in Chile, Mexico and Peru: an initial institutional and policy review

Bruno Monteferri and Manuel Ruiz Muller

2. Industrial fisheries in Latin America: challenges and lessons from Chile, Mexico and Peru

Santiago de la Puente and Rocío López de la Lama

3. Marine bioprospecting

Liliana Pardo Lopez

4. Illegal fishing and non-compliance

Rodrigo Oyanedel

5. Extractive Industries in coastal and marine zones

Andrea Cuba

6. Marine protected areas

Pedro Solano and Alfredo Gálvez

7. Marine and coastal planning

Fernando A. Rosete Vergés

8. From customary law to the implementation of safeguard measures: the case of "Marine and Coastal Areas for Indigenous Peoples" in Chile

Luciano Hiriart-Bertrand, Jose Manuel Troncoso, Carlos I. Vargas and Alejandro Correa

9. Protection of migratory marine species

Ximena Velez-Zuazo

10. Prevention of marine pollution from litter in Peru

Irene Hofmeijer

11. Collective Action Spaces and Transformations in the Governance of Fisheries Resources: Towards Democratic and Deliberative Management

Rodrigo A. Estévez, Stefan Gelcich

12. The legal protection of surf breaks: an option for conservation and development

Bruno Monteferri, Manuel Ruiz and Christel Scheske


Manuel Ruiz, Rodrigo Oyanedel and Bruno Monteferri

About the Editors

Manuel Ruiz Muller is Senior Advisor and Researcher for the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, Peru

Rodrigo Oyandel is a researcher in the Laboratory for the Study of Socio-Ecological Systems, Pontific Catholic University of Chile

Bruno Monteferri is Director of the Marine Governance Initiative and Director of We Conserve by Nature at the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, Peru

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Fisheries & Aquaculture