Contributors: Hadjimichael, Maria, Dr. (Aalborg University)
Postdoctoral researcher on environmental and common property resource governance with emphasis on marine and coastal issues at the Innovative Fisheries Management (Aalborg University). Current focus lies on maritime neoliberalization, its impacts and emerging social movements to counter it.
Scientific paper contribution 1: Reaching the boundaries of the blue planet: dwindling stocks, disappearing communities and the failure of solutions within the neoliberal paradigm
Abstract: Facing the current crisis The increasing consumption of today's affluent society and its continuous demand for seafood has pushed the boundaries of the ocean to provide for it. It is now believed that global exploitation limits have been reached and that recovery of depleted stocks must become a cornerstone of ï¬ﾁsheries management. National, regional and international bodies have come up with different solutions such as rights-based management, where tenure arrangements are assigned, non-state market-driven environmental certification labels and the promotion of aquaculture. Additionally, in a number of more consumerist countries, internal production cannot satisfy seafood demand. The EU for example consumes twice the amount of fish it produces and fills the gap by importing fish fished in non-EU waters, in a way stealing it from those who depend on it for their livelihoods. This presentation will aim to bring in degrowth discussions the urgent need to reduce our impact on the oceans and its resources with solutions outside the neoliberal paradigm with a critique on solutions used by the EU.
Scientific paper contribution 2: Choosing between Blue Growth and Degrowth and the need to reclaim the right to the sea
Keywords: marine governance; neoliberalization; coastal communities; rights
Abstract: In the current climate of the global financial crisis, developed countries are increasingly focused on economic growth and development, and the crisis is continuously being used to entrench a neoliberal agenda allowing for further deregulation of the economy and privatization of public assets. The expansion of privatization of space for corporate interests has moved from primarily in-land and the coastal space to marine space with a range of policies and strategies including the privatization of marine resources, the displacement of coastal communities for further development of the coast and the dislocation of fishers for developments in the sea being only but a few broad examples. This presentation will focus on the need to start arguing for a new way of re-organizing across coastal and marine space, building alliances and start reclaiming the right to the sea, as resistance to the current wave of privatization, with specific example the EU and its Blue Growth strategy.