Access and Benefit-sharing in Global Aquaculture

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Access and Benefit-sharing in Global Aquaculture

Genetic Resources, Digital Sequence Information and Traditional Knowledge

9781800373983 Edward Elgar Publishing
Fran Humphries, Associate Professor, Law Futures Centre,Griffith Law School, Charles Lawson, Professor, Griffith Law School, Clare Morrison, Lecturer, Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security, School of Environment and Science, Griffith University, Australia and John Benzie, Acting Director, Aquatic Foods, WorldFish and Professor, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 398 3 Extent: c 416 pp
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This illuminating book incisively surveys the complex legal regime of access and benefit-sharing in key aquaculture countries. With an international focus spanning countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, the authors explore the application of international legal standards and how these translate into domestic measures.

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This illuminating book incisively surveys the complex legal regime of access and benefit-sharing in key aquaculture countries. With an international focus spanning countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, the authors explore the application of international legal standards and how these translate into domestic measures.

Presenting key critical perspectives, the book examines the ways in which access and benefit-sharing laws facilitate access to aquaculture resources and how they could, in return, deliver a fair and equitable share of the benefits, promoting conservation and longer-term food security. The authors’ in-depth analysis of various case studies reveals that these legal standards rarely accommodate the distinctive features of aquatic genetic resources, digital sequence information and traditional knowledge. They argue that the access and benefit-sharing concept is not fit for purpose and suggest how the concept could be re-imagined to achieve more efficient outcomes for conservation, fairness and equity.

Access and Benefit-sharing in Global Aquaculture is a fundamental resource for academics, researchers and students of environmental law and governance, environmental politics and policy, management, and regulation. Policy-makers working in the aquaculture industry will similarly benefit from the authors’ practical recommendations.
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‘Biodiversity policy and governance issues remain under-explored for aquaculture, despite its rapid growth. Drawing on literature and case studies from top aquaculture-producing countries, Access and Benefit-sharing in Global Aquaculture superbly fills this gap. It is a timely and important book that demonstrates how ABS laws could be used to support the conservation of marine and freshwater genetic resources and the equitable sharing of benefits from their use.’
– Rachel Wynberg, University of Cape Town, South Africa

‘This volume might be dubbed a “Farmer’s Almanac to Aquaculture”. A detailed guide to the complex array of international and national laws and policies applicable to the farming of aquatic species is provided with a focus on genetic resource access and benefit sharing. Forecasts are offered on a wide-range of future governance challenges such as determining what the fair and equitable sharing of benefits means in light of differing conceptions of justice and many possible beneficiaries.’
– David VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University, Canada

‘Aquaculture is a key to current and future food production and security for many millions of people around the world. As advances in the level and scope of production have increased, so too have technical developments in breeding and genetics, science, knowledge, technology and benefit-sharing. This book addresses an important topic, centring on global arrangements and an interesting range of national case studies.’
– Marcus Haward, University of Tasmania, Australia
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