Space/Use Conflicts Between the Oil & Gas and Fishing Industries

by Bruce B. Weyhrauch, Alaska Dep of Law, Douglas, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


An overview of space/use conflicts between the oil and gas and commercial fishing industries is presented. Also discussed is an array of solutions to mitigate or eliminate those conflicts. Space/use conflicts usually occur with regard to (1) the use of on shore space and facilities, (2) the use of ports and port facilities, (3) the need for support industries, and (4) on the ocean in the form of vessel collisions, fishing gear damage, and fishing space and catch loss. Generally, solutions to mitigate these conflicts fall under four broad areas: technical, social, economic, and political. Conflicts on the outer continental shelf may be inevitable. An adequate knowledge of space/use conflicts between the oil and gas and fishing industries can help resource managers combine an appropriate blend of solutions to mitigate conflicts. This planning will allow both industries to go about their businesses in an accommodating, even harmonious, way.

Subject Headings: Water-based recreation | Industries | Ports and harbors | Resource management | Fish management | Dispute resolution | Shores | Industrial facilities

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