Regulation and Representation: Institutional Challenges in Fisheries Management

  • Knut H. Mikalsen


Legitimacy and compliance have gradually become key concepts in fisheries management, sometimes surpassing efficiency and conservation as conspicuous catchwords in debates on management policies (Jentoft, 1993; Felt, 1990). There is a growing recognition — among managers, scientists and politicians — that no management scheme will work unless it enjoys the support of those whose behaviour it is intended to affect. Legitimacy, in this sense, has to do with compliance, with decisions and policies that conform to, or approximate, the values, standards and expectations of those affected (Beetham, 1991: 11). One of the most pressing problems in fisheries management, then, is how to ensure ‘grass-roots’ approval of decisions that may actually harm large segments of the industry.


Fishery Management Stock Assessment Public Hearing Management Board Board Structure 
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