January 01, 2017

Putting Resilience Theory into Practice: The Example of Fisheries Management

Robin Kundis Craig

Resilience theory offers lawmakers a different way of thinking about natural resources management. This new viewpoint is increasingly appropriate as climate change interacts with other anthropogenic stressors like habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, and pollution to increase the unpredictability of the earth’s complex natural systems while simultaneously directly changing the location and availability of many resources, from water to timber to fish. This article uses the example of marine fisheries to illustrate (1) how climate change and its interactions with other stressors are changing natural resources; (2) what these changes mean for traditional legal management standards; and (3) how resilience theory can suggest a different approach to managing natural resources in a changing world, increasingly known as the Anthropocene.

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