The Fate of the Sea as Determined by Geopolitical Relationships:
Exploring Centralized Governance Over the World’s Largest Common-Pool
Abstract: This work sheds light on the centralized nature of ocean
governance and the symptomatic expenses borne by marine natural capital
and smaller scale ocean users alike, such as artisanal fishermen.
Considering the weak representation on the topic within formal academic
circles, phenomena are primarily thread from grey and secondary sources
into a supportive theoretical work regarding oceanic spatial
appropriation from the federal governments of the world’s coastal
states. It is argued that the marginalization of the world’s coastal
poor and ecological depletion in part result from the top-down nature of
managing marine resources, and that the fate of nearly all sea life is
in large part at the hands of geopolitical relationships.