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Sharks: Conservation, Governance and Management

Edited by Erika J. Techera, Natalie Klein

© 2014 – Routledge

352 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book explores the global conservation and management of sharks. There has been a rapid decline in populations of many shark species, while new science has emerged of the critical role they play in marine ecosystems. However, the authors show that conservation law and policy have been slow to develop, with only a small number of iconic species being protected worldwide. The increase in fishing impact – primarily through shark finning and by-catch - has led to shark conservation receiving greater international attention in recent years.

The book surveys our current knowledge and status of the law and science in relation to sharks with a particular focus on improving frameworks for their conservation and management. Recent trends are analysed, including shark finning bans that have been put in place in several countries, the widening number of nations establishing shark sanctuaries and the growth of shark-based tourism. The efficacy of current listing processes for endangered species and fisheries regulations is also examined. Tourism is explored as an alternative to fishing and the risks and impacts associated with this industry are analysed.

Contributors include leading authorities from universities and conservation organizations in North America, Europe and Australia. A common theme is to emphasise the importance of collaborative governance between various interest groups and the need for inter-disciplinary research and management approaches that are necessary to address the decline in sharks.


"Sharks: Conservation, governance and management is a comprehensive publication drawing on the expertise of a wide range of individuals who present their, or their affiliated organisations, perspective on a wide range of relevant issues, all underpinned by the knowledge that sharks are an essential element of a diverse and healthty marine environment." - Ali Hood, The Marine Biologist

"… a most important book. The book is relevant to anyone interested in the management of marine resources, maritime law, or governmental structures.Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." -S. R. Fegley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CHOICE Reviews, February 2015

"The state of knowledge of shark biology is particularly well summarised and would provide an excellent introduction to the specialist literature for someone new to the field… there is much here of interest - and value - to those involved in marine ecology and resource management." - Ian Lancaster, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, March 2015

Table of Contents


Erika Techera and Natalie Klein

Part 1: Governance Challenges

1. Approaches to Conservation and Governance of Marine Species

Erika Techera

2. The Existing Global Legal Regimes

Natalie Klein

3. Challenges for International Governance

Mary Lack

Part 2: Scientific Perspectives

4. The State of Knowledge on Sharks for Conservation and Management

Michael Heithaus and Jeremy Kiszka

5. Shark Conservation, Governance and Management: The Science-Law Disconnect

Paolo Momigliano and Robert Harcourt

6. Human Perceptions and Attitudes toward Sharks: Examining the Predator Policy Paradox

Christopher Neff

Part 3: Actors and Stakeholders

7. Collaborations for Conservation

Anissa Lawrence

8. The Role of the Tourism Industry

Christine Ward-Paige

9. Shark Conservation Efforts – as Diverse as Sharks Themselves

Jill Hepp and Elizabeth Wilson

Part 4: Risks and Rewards

10. Economic Rationale for Shark Conservation

Andres Cisneros-Montemayor and Rashid Sumalia

11. Iconic Species: Great White Sharks, Basking Sharks and Whale Sharks

Ryan Kempster and Shaun Collin

12. Species at the Intersection

Charlie Huveneers and William Robbins

Part 5: Tools and Techniques

13. The role of Marine Protected Areas and Sanctuaries

Erich Hoyt

14. Fisheries Management and Regulations

Boris Worm, Aurelie Cosandey-Godin and Brendal Davis

15. Synergies, Solutions and the Way Forward

Natalie Klein and Erika Techera

About the Editors

Erika J. Techera is a Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia.

Natalie Klein is a Professor and Dean at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
NATURE / Animals / Marine Life
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
NATURE / Endangered Species