High-Seas Fisheries: Troubled Waters,Tangled Governance, and Recovery Prospects

Published: 2007    |    By: Boris Worm & David VanderZwaag    |    Volume 64, No. 5


This article provides a short overview of the biological, institutional and legal dimensions of high-seas fisheries. It emphasizes that this is a unique time in history, where unprecedented awareness, scientific advances, and a growing willingness to collaborate internationally are setting the stage for a dynamic transformation of high-seas governance. What is missing is a visionary master plan on how to integrate fragmented efforts towards the common goal of sustainable development on the high seas.

About the Author

Professor Boris Worm is in the Biology Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Professor

David VanderZwaag is Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance, Dalhousie Law School