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Rethinking small-scale fisheries compliance


  • Hauck, Maria


Fisheries compliance has been identified as key to sustainable fisheries management. However, it has been widely acknowledged that the approach by many governments worldwide to achieve compliance is largely through law enforcement efforts. Although theories of normative action have expanded compliance thinking from that of rationalist approaches, this paper takes the argument further. By drawing on criminology and security discourse, and on empirical research on small-scale fisheries in South Africa, this paper argues for a new approach to our understanding of compliance. Furthermore, it argues that rather than taking law as given, the formation of law and the power dynamics influencing such processes are critical aspects that need to be acknowledged and understood in fisheries compliance theory.

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  • Hauck, Maria, 2008. "Rethinking small-scale fisheries compliance," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 635-642, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:32:y:2008:i:4:p:635-642

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