This PhD project is part of a larger Research Council of Norway funded project (STOCKSHIFT) and aims towards a multidisciplinary approach drawing upon political science, marine biology, international law and resource economics.

The overarching research question of STOCKSHIFT is:

  • What is the resilience of Arctic and Antarctic marine-resource management institutions to large-scale spatial shifts of major marine stocks, and how can such institutional resilience be strengthened?

While the more specific research question of this PhD project is:

  • To what extent do spatial shifts in migratory patterns of marine stocks influence the fit between the spatial scope of existing national or international management regimes and the harvesting they seek to govern - and how will such changes influence the effectiveness of those regimes, notably their contributions to scientific, regulatory or compliance-oriented activities?

The empirical focus is on the Norwegian Sea pelagic stocks (North East Atlantic mackerel, Norwegian spring spawning herring and North East Atlantic blue whiting). They make an interesting case as major changes in biomass and geographical distribution have occurred during the past decade and an international regime complex consisting of several coastal states have failed to reach agreement on total allowable catch (TAC) distribution. The three stocks have mostly the same stakeholders and share several characteristics, but biomass and geographical distribution have developed in separate ways which make them interesting to compare. In addition some of these stocks have experienced large changes in the preceding century and as such provide empery to compare with the present situation.

Project period: 2016-2019



Research Council of Norway / POLARPROG Programme