Humans are heavily dependent upon ocean-based ecosystem goods and services, yet our activities to date have had a range of negative effects on marine health. Nevertheless, oceans continue to be viewed as areas for development, most readily seen in the rapid rise of blue economy policies across the world. The blue economy concept envisages deriving further wealth from the oceans, whilst providing enhanced environmental protection and socio-cultural benefits. This involves the sustainable development of different sectors including fisheries, shipping, tourism and energy production. To achieve these goals, and avoid further negative impacts, improved governance arrangements are essential. This chapter explores fisheries governance in the Indian Ocean region, as a case study to critically analyse existing legal frameworks and to identify opportunities to enhance governance to support blue economy goals. The chapter contributes to a growing body of literature on the blue economy, fisheries governance and the Indian Ocean region.
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