In early January Simon Bush presented research on area based governance fisheries and aquaculture sustainability in coastal Southeast Asia at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). The symposia brought together the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) and the Pacific Science Association to explore integrated approaches to the global challenge of coastal management.
Simon presented ongoing research on the role of private governance arrangements, such as certification and traceability, in promoting transparent and integrated management. Based on the Wageningen BESTTuna and SUPERSEAS projects, he outlined the need to move beyond centralised regulatory approaches to zoning seafood production. Instead he argued that producer centred approaches, facilitated by information technologies can incentive producers to set more meaningful and effective spatial management units.