Who Rules the Waves?

Who Rules the Waves? : Piracy, Overfishing and Mining the Oceans

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Piracy, international disputes over undersea oil and gas, and chronic overfishing have left our oceans in turmoil. How can we resolve these issues? International law states that a coastal country has territorial rights for 12 miles into the sea, yet, in practice many countries have virtually no control over their own waters. Denise Russell provides a thorough examination of the politics of the sea, from environmental issues, to water economics and governance of the waters. She reveals how we need to radically rethink ocean governance, calling for the establishment of an international agency powerful enough to settle disputes at sea, or else risk ever-accelerating climate change and the continued overuse of the sea's resources.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 134 x 214 x 12mm | 240.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745330045
  • 9780745330044
  • 705,836

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'It is rare to find such a holistic, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive view of the marine environment presented in such as interesting and accessible way' -- Professor Sharon Beder, author of Environmental Principles and Policies and Global Spin
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About Denise Russell

Denise Russell is a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is former Head of the Department of General Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Her numerous publications include articles on sea ethics, indigenous rights, marine park management and cetaceans. She holds a Ph.D in Philosophy and a Masters in Earth and Environmental Science, focusing on marine issues.
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Table of contents


1. Freedom of the sea

2. Underwater non-living resources

3. Underwater cultural heritage

4. Modern piracy and terrorism on the sea

5. The fishing wars

6. Cetaceans and the sea

7. Sea gypsies

8. Indigenous sea claims

9. Protection of the oceans


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