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Governing Sustainable Seafood


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The governance of sustainable seafood production is a growing imperative given the importance of protein and other by-products from fisheries and aquaculture. This book starts by showing how seafood is fundamental to food and nutrition security, and also constitutes an important source of income and employment in many regions, particularly in Asia. Many wild fisheries are under pressure, creating a strong driver for expanding aquaculture to meet demand. But it is shown that the social and environmental sustainability of these production systems have come into question. As a result seafood now constitutes a highly contested primary production sector. Taking a social science approach, the authors explore the governance of sustainable seafood, by taking into account the rise of social movements through environmental NGOs, the nature and perceived limits of government regulation within and beyond the state, and the promise of market-based approaches to governance such as ecolabelling. The book focuses on how concern over sustainable seafood has been translated into different current forms of governance. It then assesses what alternative governance approaches are starting to emerge that combine movements, states and markets and to what effect for sustainable seafood production and consumption. The book finishes with a vision for the future through key principles for evaluating the collective impact of governing sustainable seafood.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Understanding Sustainable Seafood 3. The Global Geographies of Sustainable Seafood 4. State Regulation of Fisheries and Aquaculture 5. Governing Seafood through Markets 6. Beyond Labelling - Alternative Approaches to Seafood Sustainability 7. Different Approaches to Seafood Governance 8. The Future of Sustainable Seafood

About the Author

Peter Oosterveer is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is the author or editor of books including "Food, Globalization and Sustainability" (Routledge, 2011). Simon Bush is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is also editor of the journal "Maritime Studies".

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