Ending the Oceans’ ‘Tragedy of the Commons’

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Yann Arthus Bertrand
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Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance of the world’s oceans to rescue them from overfishing, pollution and other human impacts.

Based on a successful experiment in Chile, the researchers say a new approach to marine tenure could help to reverse the maritime ‘tragedy of the commons’ which has led to the depletion of fish stocks worldwide.

Read Full Article, Science Daily

“Navigating transformations in governance of Chilean marine coastal resources” by Stefan Gelcich

Tragedy Of The Commons, Garrett Hardin, Science Magazine, Original Article, December 13th, 1968
The concept of the Tragedy of the Commons is very important for understanding the degradation of our environment. The concept was clearly expressed for the first time by Garrett Hardin in his now famous article in Science 1968, which is “widely accepted as a fundamental contribution to ecology, population theory, economics and political science.” Hardin: University of California Santa Barbara.
The tragedy of the commons is a dilemma arising from the situation in which multiple individuals, acting independently, and solely and rationally consulting their own self-interest, will ultimately deplete a shared limited resource even when it is clear that it is not in anyone’s long-term interest for this to happen.

Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Prize for economics

Concept and Definition, in OceanWorld


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