Is fisheries governance possible?
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Fish and Fisheries
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 428–444, September 2014
How to Cite
Johnsen, J. P. (2014), Is fisheries governance possible?. Fish and Fisheries, 15: 428–444. doi: 10.1111/faf.12024
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 7 MAY 2012
- Norwegian Research Council, the Seafood Research Fund, the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers Fund and the Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics at the University of Tromsø
- Cybernetic organization;
- fisheries governance;
Are there limits to the governability of a fishery? The establishment of a 200 nautical mile economic zone in Norway in 1977 made it possible to change from an open-access regime to a more closed one. In this process, the former self-regulating Norwegian fishing industry, to a large extent, accepted and adapted an explicit, hierarchical form of state-run governance. However, the process of change did not stop there. Since the turn of the millennium, we have seen the creation of a cybernetically organized fishing industry, where control, regulation and governance have become re-embedded in the industry. This article explores this radical new development and perspective on fisheries governance and governability based on lessons learned from technological and organizational changes in the Norwegian fishing industry.