Governing Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions
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Governing Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions

Edited by Nengye Liu, Cassandra M. Brooks and Tianbao Qin

Bringing together leading scholars from across a diverse range of disciplines, this unique book examines a key question: How can we best conserve marine living resources in the polar regions, where climate change effects and human activities are particularly pressing?
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Chapter 8: Governing access rights to harvesting marine living resources: the case of the Svalbard Archipelago

Sandra Cassotta and Rachel Tiller

Abstract

This chapter discusses practice of another important Arctic coastal State: Norway. The authors choose Svalbard as a case study. The chapter examines existing conflicts between Arctic nations with respect to the Archipelago of Svalbard, suggesting that these conflicts are driven by a race for resources, overlapping jurisdictional claims, uncertain fishing rights, and a lack of multi-regional agreements. The chapter also investigates if and how Norway has a proactive role in institutionalizing and regulating management claims over Svalbard versus what the international acceptance of practice is.

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