Interactions Between Private and Public Resource Governance: Key Insights from Fisheries

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Growing in presence and visibility, eco-labels and other forms of green certification are the more obvious signs of a broader social and policy phenomenon: the rise of private regulation and non-state, market-based governance of environmental and resource practices. The growth of private regulatory initiatives, especially initiatives led by NGOs and other civil society actors, is increasingly accompanied by concerns over their potential to detract from public, government regulation.

This paper seeks to generate some empirically grounded insights on the nature and consequences of interaction between more traditional forms of public, government regulation and the growing realm of market-based regulation by non-state actors. It does so by focusing on the burgeoning field of private, market-based fisheries regulation to highlight some intriguing new trends of public-private interaction that are emerging in the fisheries context.

My observations and analysis suggest there is potential for positive synergies between private and public fisheries regulation, and specifically, between the private, market-based regulatory efforts of NGOs and their broader endeavors for public regulatory reform.

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Zdravka Tzankova is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.