The Paradoxes of Transparency

Science and the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management in Europe


The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)—a network of more than 1,600 scientists from the nations surrounding the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea—has been instrumental to the coordination and promotion of invaluable research on the marine ecosystem. But only recently has the ICES made major strides toward assessments and methods to sustain Europe’s fish stocks. This book presents the findings of an extensive sociological survey of the bureaucracy of the council, detailing both its failures and the amendments made to Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy in attempts to improve and strengthen it.