Regional Ocean Resources Management

by Richard G. Hildreth, Univ of Oregon, Eugene, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


The fluid nature of the ocean environment and the mobility of living ocean resources place obvious limits on the ability of state and federal resource managers to effectively manage based on traditional jurisdictional boundaries offshore. There are sufficient regional variations in the ocean areas subject to United States and Canadian jurisdiction to suggest the merits of regional approaches. As U.S. coastal states and Canadian provinces formulate approaches to development and management of adjacent ocean areas, regional considerations should play a prominent role. Drawing on evolving concepts of sea use planning, integrated marine policy, large marine ecosystem management, and exclusive economic zone governance, and on international examples of regional ocean management, this paper explores the potential for regional ocean management on the United States west coast. The emphasis is on legal and institutional arrangements which would support regional management on the west coast.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Coastal management | Resource management | Urban and regional development | Domain boundary | Federal government | Managers | Jurisdiction | United States | Canada

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