A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes fisheries: A cooperative regime in a multi-jurisdictional setting

January 1, 2008 - Author: Marc Gaden; ; Christopher Goddard; Gerald Barnhart

Journal or Book Title: Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management

Keywords: Governance; institutions; cooperation; ecosystem management

Volume/Issue: 11(1)

Page Number(s): 50-60

Year Published: 2008

Two nations, eight states, the province of Ontario, two U.S. intertribal authorities, and the binational Great Lakes Fishery Commission all play a role in managing the Great Lakes fishery. No overarching institution has the authority to compel cross-border cooperation. Rather, the fishery agencies adhere to A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries, a voluntary, multi-jurisdictional agreement signed in 1981. This article provides a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of the management jurisdictions and describes how the Joint Strategic Plan helps agencies cooperate across jurisdictional boundaries. The plan relies on four strategies—consensus, accountability, information sharing, and ecosystem management—to foster cooperation, and to operationalize collective action on both lake and technical committees. The plan is a model for multi-jurisdictional cooperation in a politically fragmented region.

DOI: 10.1080/14634980701877043

Type of Publication: Journal Article

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


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