Canadian and Russian Fisheries Management in the Arctic: Complexities, Commonalities and Contrasts

Authors

  • David L. VanderZwaag Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Vitalii Vorobev Leninsky District Court of Vladivostok (Primorsky Territory), Russian Federation
  • Olga Koubrak Dalhousie University, Canada
DOI: https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v13.3484

Abstract

This article reviews and compares Canadian and Russian approaches to Arctic fisheries management through a three-part format. First, the complex array of laws and policies applicable to Arctic fisheries is described for each country. How Canada and Russia have addressed international fishery issues is also highlighted, including their participation in the 2018 Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement. Second, commonalities in fisheries governance approaches are summarized, including national commitments to implement precautionary and ecosystem approaches. Finally, contrasts in Arctic fisheries management are discussed. Major differences include the greater devolution of management responsibilities by Canada to Indigenous communities through land-claim agreements and co-management arrangements and Russia’s greater success in formalizing bilateral fisheries management arrangements with its neighbours.

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Author Biographies

David L. VanderZwaag, Dalhousie University, Canada

Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law

Olga Koubrak, Dalhousie University, Canada

Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Schulich School of Law

Published

2022-06-27

How to Cite

VanderZwaag, D. L., Vorobev, V., & Koubrak, O. (2022). Canadian and Russian Fisheries Management in the Arctic: Complexities, Commonalities and Contrasts. Arctic Review, 13, 361–392. https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v13.3484

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Keywords:

Arctic fisheries, co-management, Barents Sea, Beaufort Sea, Baffin Bay/Davis Strait