Attainment of ecosystem based governance in European waters—A State property rights regime approach for Ireland

Publication year: 2011
Source: Marine Policy, Volume 35, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 739-747

M., Mellett , C., Curtin , T., Hennessey , A.M., O’Hagan

On Ireland’s continental shelf, as well as within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), there are significant biodiversity hotspots including those associated with Cold Water Corals (CWC). Some of these ecosystems enjoy little or no actual protection and are subject to the effects of open access. Sectorally driven initiatives, a recalcitrant attitude to environmental law and inadequate governance, have added to the conditions that have facilitated years of damage by fishers and other actors from many States. A review of the current governance regime, influenced primarily by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), is presented. Failings of this regime are highlighted by…