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A Comparative Analysis of Ocean Policies in Fifteen Nations and Four Regions

Authored by: Miriam C. Balgos , Biliana Cicin-Sain , David L. VanderZwaag

Routledge Handbook of National and Regional Ocean Policies

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138788299
eBook ISBN: 9781315765648
Adobe ISBN: 9781317658061

10.4324/9781315765648.ch1

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Abstract

For too long, the world acted as if the oceans were somehow a realm apart – as areas owned by no-one, free for all, with little need for care or management. The Law of the Sea Convention and other landmark legal instruments have brought important progress over the past two decades in protecting fisheries and marine ecosystems. But this common heritage of all humankind continues to face profound pressures.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, at the 2004 meeting of the Seychelles and the United Kingdom, ‘Reefs, Island Communities and Protected Areas: Committing to the Future’, (Greenpeace, 2008: 2)

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