In this paper, we argue that “The global rush to develop the ‘blue economy’ risks harming both the marine environment and human wellbeing. Bold policies and actions are urgently needed. We identify five priorities to chart a course towards an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable blue economy.”
Our five recommendations, which are summarized in our press release, include:
Establishing a global coordinating body and develop international guidelines;
Ensuring national policies and institutions safeguard sustainability;
Promoting equitable sharing of benefits and minimization of harms;
Employing inclusive governance and decision-making processes; and
Engaging with insights from interdisciplinary ocean science.
The following open access article on Ocean Grabbing has just been published in Marine Policy: Bennett, N. J., Govan, H., & Satterfield, T. (2015). Ocean grabbing. Marine Policy, 57, 61–68
Ocean grabbing refers to acts of dispossession or appropriation of marine resources or spaces.
Ocean grabbing robs fishers and communities of use, control or access to resources, land or the sea.
This paper presents a framework to evaluate conservation or development initiatives for ocean grabbing.
Three factors, governance, human security and well-being, determine what constitutes ocean grabbing.
A systematic program of research into the phenomenon of ocean grabbing is proposed.
Abstract: The term “ocean grabbing” has been used to describe actions, policies or initiatives that deprive small-scale fishers of resources, dispossess vulnerable populations of coastal lands, and/or undermine historical access to areas of the sea. Rights and access to marine resources and spaces are frequently reallocated through government or private sector initiatives to achieve conservation, management or development objectives with a variety of outcomes for different sectors of society. This paper provides a definition and gives examples of reallocations of marine resources or spaces that might constitute “ocean grabbing”. It offers a tentative framework for evaluating whether marine conservation, management or development is ocean grabbing and proposes an agenda for future research. For a reallocation to be considered ocean grabbing, it must: (1) occur by means of inadequate governance, and (2) be implemented using actions that undermine human security and livelihoods, or (3) produce impacts that reduce social–ecological well-being. Future research on ocean grabbing will: document case studies, drivers and consequences; conduct spatial and historical analyses; and investigate solutions. The intent is to stimulate rigorous discussion and promote systematic inquiry into the phenomenon of ocean grabbing.
The publication can be downloaded from here or here.