Governance of tuna industries: The key to economic viability and sustainability in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

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Journal Article
Marine Policy, 2007, 31 (3), pp. 348 - 358
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The Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) tuna fishery is an important global food resource, and the economies of many Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) rely heavily on tuna industries. This paper proposes that governance by PICs is the key to improving the sustainability and profitability of tuna industries in the region. 'Governance' is usually used to refer to corruption, but here is interpreted more broadly to encompass the whole process by which decisions regarding public life are made and enacted, by government and also civil society. Argument is supported by empirical material from an interview study with stakeholders and a survey of reports. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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