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Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management

ISBN 9780415531757
Published October 26, 2015 by Routledge
626 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations

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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. The primary themes within each chapter are governance (including institutional and legal bases); policy – sets of ideas governing management; and management, both technical and general.

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

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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).


"[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