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The paradoxes of transparency: science and the ecosystem approach to fisheries management in Europe

The paradoxes of transparency: science and the ecosystem approach to fisheries management in Europe

Wilson, Douglas Clyde

"The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is the central scientific network within the massive set of bureaucracies that is responsible for Europe's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). While spending the past 25 years failing to sustain Europe's fish stocks, this management system also became adept at making the lives of its scientists miserable. Now it is being confronted by the complex challenge of an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management. If this combination of a multi-national bureaucracy, hard politics, and scientific uncertainty has made it impossible to maintain many individual fish stocks, how are decisions going to be made that consider everything from sea birds to climate change? The old political saw that "if you can't solve a problem, make it bigger" has never been put to a test like this! Yet ICES has begun to rise in an impressive way to the scientific challenge of providing advice for an ecosystem approach within the world's most cumbersome fisheries management system. This book lays out the results of extensive sociological research on ICES and the decision making systems into which it feeds. ICES is finding ways to provide effective advice in the many situations where scientific advice is needed but a clear, simple answer is out of reach. In spite of the difficulties, scientists are beginning to help the various parties concerned with management to deal with facts about nature in ways that are more useful and transparent"--Publisher's description

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Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2009

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Statement of responsibility: Douglas Clyde Wilson
ISBN: 904850645X, 9789048506453, 9789089640604
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-294) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Language note: English.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (303 pages) : charts.
Series: MARE publication series ; no. 5
Subject: Fisheries and related industries.; Society and culture: general.; Primary industries.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Industries General.; POLITICAL SCIENCE Comparative Politics.; Europe European Union countries.; Industry and industrial studies.; Politics and government.; Economics, finance, business and management.; Fishery policy European Union countries.; Society and social sciences.; Fishery policy.; Public administration
Series Title: MARE publication series ; no. 5.


  1. Introduction
  2. Some general theoretical guides for understanding the role of science in society
  3. Developing scientific advice for policy
  4. The Science Assembly System for European fisheries management
  5. Attitudes and working conditions of ICES advisory scientists
  6. Science for the ecosystem approach to fisheries management
  7. The debate over the reorganisation of the ICES Advisory Programme
  8. Conclusion
  9. References
  10. Appendix 1

    1. Methods and Procedures of the Random Sample Attitude Survey.