Fishy crimes: the social costs of poorly governed marine fisheries

This paper aims to consider the additional costs, in terms of human insecurity, of governance failures and development policy neglect in fisheries. We first review what is at stake by elaborating the current and potential contributions of fisheries to human security and economic development. We then outline how fisheries are currently governed, and why governance is failing, before reviewing the consequences of governance failure for human security. We are not yet able to calculate the monetary costs of these human security risks, and therefore the benefits to be derived from improving fishery governance. We are, however, able to point to examples of clear costs to specified groups of people in the Asia-pacific region that result from poor governance of the fishery social-ecological system. We conclude with examples of promising policy responses to the challenges we identify, and thoughts on how a non-traditional security perspective could benefit the analysis of such complex societal and environmental issues.


Allison, E.H., Kelling, I. (2009)
Third Annual Convention of the Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia, Singapore, 3-4 November 2009