This book provides readers with a foundation in policy development and analysis, describing how policy, including legal mechanisms, are applied to the marine environment. It presents a systematic treatment of all aspects of marine policy, including climate change, energy, environmental protection, fisheries, mining and transportation.

The health of marine environments worldwide is steadily declining, and these trends have been widely reported. Marine Policy summarizes the importance of the ocean governance nexus, discussing current and anticipated challenges facing marine ecosystems, human activities, and efforts to address these threats. This new, fully revised edition has been updated throughout, including content to reflect the recent advances in ocean management and international law. Chapters on shipping, energy/mining and integrated approaches to ocean management have been significantly reworked, plus completely new chapters on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the impacts of climate change have been added. Pedagogical features for students are included throughout.

Aligned with current course offerings, this book is an ideal introduction for undergraduates and graduate students taking marine affairs, science and policy courses.

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

An introduction to the world ocean

Human impacts and trends

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

A brief introduction to the marine environment

The structure and function of the world ocean

chapter Chapter 3|28 pages

An introduction to international law and international marine law

How nations cooperate to govern the oceans

chapter Chapter 4|28 pages

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and related agreements

Moving from ‘free seas’ to codifying jurisdiction

chapter Chapter 5|53 pages

An introduction to policy and policy development

Instruments for marine law and policy

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Marine environmental protection policy

International efforts to address marine pollution and protect marine biodiversity

chapter Chapter 7|10 pages

Addressing climate change and its impacts on the world ocean

International efforts to mitigate and adapt to a changing planet

chapter Chapter 8|43 pages

International fisheries policy

Sustaining global fisheries for the long term

chapter Chapter 9|36 pages

Marine transportation and safety policy

The operation and regulation of international shipping

chapter Chapter 10|21 pages

International law and policy of the Polar oceans

Governing the Southern and Arctic Oceans

chapter Chapter 11|11 pages

International law and policy related to offshore energy and mining

Renewable and non-renewable resource development on continental shelves and in the Area

chapter Chapter 12|22 pages

Integrated approaches to ocean management

Putting policy into practice and managing across sectors