Paradigms of sustainable ocean management

Robert Blasiak, Ken Furuya, Hisashi Kurokura, Nobuyuki Yagi, Akane Minohara, James L. Anderson, Peter Bridgewater, Benjamin S. Halpern, Joji Morishita

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    Abstract

    Covering nearly half of the Earth's surface, the high seas provide a diverse range of ecosystem services crucial to human well-being and the health of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. At the same time, the vastness of the high seas and the limitations of corresponding governance instruments present a considerable challenge to policy-makers working to promote sustainable management. This report reviews new developments in sustainable management of the oceans, including the high seas, which has often focused primarily on fishing regulations, while lacking broader consideration of marine ecosystem services and material cycles. In addition, an overview is provided of paradigms for assessing and managing marine systems. Enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communication based on clear definitions is needed to achieve deeper understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide. Experts discussed these and other issues on October 1, 2013 within the context of an international symposium held at the University of Tokyo on the "Future Management of Ocean Ecosystem Services". This manuscript provides a brief overview of these discussions together with supplementary background material.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)206-211
    Number of pages6
    JournalMarine Policy
    Volume48
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

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    Blasiak, R., Furuya, K., Kurokura, H., Yagi, N., Minohara, A., Anderson, J. L., ... Morishita, J. (2014). Paradigms of sustainable ocean management. Marine Policy, 48, 206-211. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2014.03.021