The following open access article on Ocean Grabbing has just been published in Marine Policy: Bennett, N. J., Govan, H., & Satterfield, T. (2015). Ocean grabbing. Marine Policy, 57, 61–68
- Ocean grabbing refers to acts of dispossession or appropriation of marine resources or spaces.
- Ocean grabbing robs fishers and communities of use, control or access to resources, land or the sea.
- This paper presents a framework to evaluate conservation or development initiatives for ocean grabbing.
- Three factors, governance, human security and well-being, determine what constitutes ocean grabbing.
- A systematic program of research into the phenomenon of ocean grabbing is proposed.
Abstract: The term “ocean grabbing” has been used to describe actions, policies or initiatives that deprive small-scale fishers of resources, dispossess vulnerable populations of coastal lands, and/or undermine historical access to areas of the sea. Rights and access to marine resources and spaces are frequently reallocated through…
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