Published: April 2, 2020

Governing Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions

About the book: Bringing together leading scholars from across a diverse range of disciplines, this unique book examines a key question: How can we best conserve marine living resources in the Polar regions, where climate change effects and human activities are particularly pressing?

Part one of this timely book focuses on Antarctica, centring on the evolving work of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in managing the marine living resources of the Southern Ocean. Part two explores the multi-level governance regime in the Arctic, analysing the central Arctic Ocean fisheries agreement, the role of the Arctic Council and law and governance in Arctic states. Finally, part three considers some of the new challenges and opportunities, including new technology, bioprospecting and dispute settlement.

Providing a comprehensive assessment of the governance regimes of marine living resources in the Polar regions, this book will be of great interest to academics, NGOs, international organizations and government officials, whilst also being a key resource for practitioners working in the fisheries industries.

About the author

Cassandra Brooks is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She draws on a diversity of disciplines including marine science, environmental policy, and science communication to study and seek solutions to pressing environmental problems.

Prior to joining CU Boulder, she completed a PhD at Stanford University, studying international ocean policy, with a focus on marine protection in the Antarctic. Her research helped drive the adoption of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica – one of healthiest and most productive marine ecosystems left on Earth. In 2015, she was awarded a Switzer Fellowship in Environmental Leadership. 

In the last 20 years, Cassandra’s drive to understand and contribute to environmental governance has taken her all over the world, working in different capacities, including as a federal fisheries observer on New England groundfish boats, a National Science Foundation-funded field researcher in Antarctica, a science writer and media producer, and an Antarctic policy advisor for international conservation organizations in the United States, Europe, China, and South Korea.

As a marine scientist and expert on environmental governance, she has presented her work at conferences, workshops, in policy briefs, and directly to policy-makers nationally and internationally, while publishing in peer reviewed journals, including commentaries in Science and Nature. As a science writer and multi-media producer, she’s published more than 150 articles and multi-media pieces about marine science, the environment and human well-being in publications including the Seattle Times, Science, and National Geographic. Her research and media has been featured in the popular press across the world, including CNN, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post.

In her position at the University of Colorado Boulder, Cassandra enjoys continuing her research in environmental governance while helping to empower the next generations of environmental leaders.

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