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Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

1st Edition

Edited by Hance D. Smith, Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Tundi S. Agardy


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This comprehensive handbook provides a global overview of ocean resources and management by focusing on critical issues relating to human development and the marine environment, their interrelationships as expressed through the uses of the sea as a resource, and the regional expression of these themes. The underlying approach is geographical, with prominence given to the biosphere, political arrangements and regional patterns – all considered to be especially crucial to the human understanding required for the use and management of the world's oceans.

Part one addresses key themes in our knowledge of relationships between people and the sea on a global scale, including economic and political issues, and understanding and managing marine environments. Part two provides a systematic review of the uses of the sea, grouped into food, ocean space, materials and energy, and the sea as an environmental resource. Part three on the geography of the sea considers management strategies especially related to the state system, and regional management developments in both core economic regions and the developing periphery.

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"[T]his book is an indispensable, comprehensive review of all things having to do with ocean policy and management. It is factual, international in scope, and full of information on the latest geopolitical discussions, agreements, and developments. Topics range from the globalization of governance of the oceans, fisheries, and natural resource development, exclusive rights of national maritime boundaries, and marine spatial planning. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field and followed by a substantial reference list that includes key policy documents. If these documents were not presented within this work, they could be difficult to be aware of or to locate. Because the book is so full of information (much of which is linked), the index serves as an extremely useful tool that helps readers locate information on topics or documents that cross over among chapters; thus, a complete picture of the complex interrelationship of human interaction with oceans and their resources can be formed."

--B. Ransom, formerly, University of California, San Diego, CHOICE, November 2016 Vol. 54 No. 3

Table of Contents


Hance D. Smith, Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero and Tundi S. Agardy

1. The World Ocean and the Human Past and Present

Hance D. Smith, Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero and Tundi S. Agardy

Part 1: The World Ocean

The Globalisation of Governance

2. Changing Geopolitical Scenarios

Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Mateos, David Florido del Corral and Fernando Fernández Fadón

3. State Ocean Strategies and Policies for the Open Ocean

Patricio Bernal

4. International Marine Governance and Protection of Biodiversity

Jeff A. Ardron and Robin Warner

5. Regional Ecosystem-based Imperatives within Global Ocean Governance

Lee A. Kimball

Understanding Marine Environments

6. Blue Planet: the Role of the Oceans in Nutrient Cycling, Maintaining the Atmospheric System, and Modulating Climate Change

Susan Libes

7. Ocean Health

Fiorenza Micheli et al.

8. Marine Scientific Research: Overview of Major Issues, Programmes and their Objectives

Montserrat Gorina-Ysern

Managing Marine Environments

9. Marine Conservation

Guiseppe Notarbartolo-di-Sciara

10. Science and Policy

Rebecca Koss and Geoffrey Westcott

11. Ecosystem Services and their Economic and Social Value

Jason Scorse and Judith Kildow

12. Strategic Environmental Assessment

Richard Kenchington and Toni Cannard

13. Greening the Ocean Economy: Balancing our Oceans’ Living and Non-living Resources

Linwood Pendleton et al.

Part 2: The Uses of the Sea

Living Resources

14. Global Fisheries: Current Situation and Challenges

Yimin Ye

15 The High Seas and IUU (Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported) Fishing

Henrik Österblom, Örjan Bodin, Anthony J. Press and U. Rashid Sumaila

16. Re-thinking Small-scale Fisheries Governance

Ratana Chuenpagdee and Svein Jentoft

17. Mariculture: Aquaculture in the Marine Environment

Selina Stead

Energy and Materials

18. Oil and Gas

Hance D. Smith and Tara Thrupp

19. Renewables: An Ocean of Energy

Sean O’Neill, Carolyn Elefant and Tundi Agardy

20. Ocean Minerals

James R. Hein and Kira Mizell

21. Making Progress with Marine Genetic Resources

Salvatore Aricò

Ocean Space

22. Shipping and Navigation

Jeanette Reis and Kyriaki Mitroussi

23. Subsea Telecommunications

Lionel Carter and Douglas R. Burnett

24. Seapower

Steven Haines

The Marine Environment

25. Waste Disposal and Ocean Pollution

Michael O. Angelidis

26. Marine Leisure and Tourism

Michael Lück

27. Maritime Heritage Conservation

Juan-Luís Alagret and Eilseu Carbonell

Part 3: The Geography of the Sea

Spatial Organisation

28. State Maritime Boundaries

Chris M. Carleton

29. The Deep Seabed: Legal and Political Challenges

Tulio Scovazzi

30. Surveying the Sea

Robert Wilson

31. Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning

Tundi S. Agardy

Regional Developments: Key Core Maritime Regions

32. Maritime Boundaries: the Mediterranean Exception

Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero and Juan Carlos Rodríguez Mateos

33. Marine Spatial Planning in the United States: Triangulating between State and Federal Roles and Responsibilities

Stephen B. Olsen, Jennifer McCann and Monique LaFrance

34. The East Asian Seas: Competing National Spheres of Influence

Sam Bateman

Regional Developments: The Developing Periphery

35. Africa: Coastal Policies, Maritime Strategies and Development

Francois Odendaal et al.

36. South Pacific and Small Island Developing States: Oceania is Vast, Canoe is Centre, Village is Anchor, Continent is Margin

Peter Nuttall and Joeli Veitayaki

37. Polar Oceans: Sovereignty and the Contestation of Territorial and Resource Rights

Klaus Dodds and Alan D. Hemmings

38. The World Ocean and the Human Future

Hance D. Smith, Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero and Tundi S. Agardy

About the Editors

Hance D. Smith was a Reader in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University, UK until 2011. He is Editor of Marine Policy, the leading academic journal of ocean affairs. His academic interests include marine geography, marine resources and environmental management, and marine policy.

Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero is a Professor in the Department of Human Geography, University of Seville, Spain. His special interests are social science aspects of maritime policy, ocean governance and integrated coastal zone management.

Tundi S. Agardy is Executive Director of Sound Seas, a US-based group focused on marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management, and coastal planning. She is author of Ocean Zoning (Earthscan, 2010).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Oceanography