Marine fisheries – locally important commons resources with global impacts and challenges for management

Marine fisheries – locally important commons resources with global impacts and challenges for management

The recent release of the 2014 FAO report[1] on the State of World Fisheries clearly demonstrates the value of fishing around the globe, and the increasing importance of fish as a source of food. The report notes a significant increase in fish consumption worldwide from under 10kg/capita in the 1960s to 19.2kg/capita in 2012, and that since the early-1990s aquaculture production has steadily increased as a proportion of total fish consumed, while the amount from capture has stabilised, suggesting we may have reached the limits of fishing from natural ecosystems production in many parts of the world.

The Modern Commons – Providing Ecosystem Services? A Presentation by Chris Short

Chris Short will be presenting a paper at the ‘Sustaining the Commons’ one day conference held at Newcastle University, and organised by the law school. An outline of his paper follows, and we will provide his presentation in due course on our Slideshare site. This presentation will attempt to explore the link between ecosystem services and new approaches to governance from a range of perspectives; academic literature, policy developments and the NGO arena.  The term ecosystem services is relatively new but has gained considerable significance at a policy level.  However, the contribution of some areas, such as lowland commons, seems