The Paradoxes of Transparency

Science and the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in Europe

Douglas Clyde Wilson

Douglas Clyde Wilson

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

304 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789089640604 Published March 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)—a network of more than 1,600 scientists from the nations surrounding the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea—has been instrumental to the coordination and promotion of invaluable research on the marine ecosystem. But only recently has the ICES made major strides toward assessments and methods to sustain Europe’s fish stocks. This book presents the findings of an extensive sociological survey of the bureaucracy of the council, detailing both its failures and the amendments made to Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy in attempts to improve and strengthen it. 






1        Introduction


2        Some general theoretical guides for understanding the role of science in society


3        Developing scientific advice for policy


4        The Science Assembly System for European fisheries management


5        Attitudes and working conditions of ICES advisory scientists


6        Science for the ecosystem approach to fisheries management


7        The debate over the reorganisation of the ICES Advisory Programme


8        Conclusion



Appendix I: Methods and Procedures of the Random Sample Attitude Survey



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