Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 1-12
  3. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 13-29
  4. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 30-42
  5. Oil
    Richard Burroughs
    Pages 43-65
  6. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 66-86
  7. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 87-103
  8. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 104-123
  9. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 124-142
  10. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 143-162
  11. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 163-184
  12. Richard Burroughs
    Pages 185-192
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 193-241

About this book


Coastal Governance provides a clear overview of how U.S. coasts are currently managed and explores new approaches that could make our shores healthier. Drawing on recent national assessments, Professor Richard Burroughs explains why traditional management techniques have ultimately proved inadequate, leading to polluted waters, declining fisheries, and damaged habitat. He then introduces students to governance frameworks that seek to address these shortcomings by considering natural and human systems holistically.

The book considers the ability of sector-based management, spatial management, and ecosystem-based management to solve critical environmental problems. Evaluating governance successes and failures, Burroughs covers topics including sewage disposal, dredging, wetlands, watersheds, and fisheries. He shows that at times sector-based management, which focuses on separate, individual uses of the coasts, has been implemented effectively. But he also illustrates examples of conflict, such as the incompatibility of waste disposal and fishing in the same waters. Burroughs assesses spatial and ecosystem-based management’s potential to address these conflicts.

The book familiarizes students not only with current management techniques but with the policy process. By focusing on policy development, Coastal Governance prepares readers with the knowledge to participate effectively in a governance system that is constantly evolving. This understanding will be critical as students become managers, policymakers, and citizens who shape the future of the coasts.


Coastal policy development Ecosystem-based management Fisheries Sector-based management Spatial management

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