Professor Jahn Petter Johnsen University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway

Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture Seminar Series

Event date: 30Aug 2016

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016

ATSIP Seminar Room, Building 145

  • 12 noon

James Cook University, Townsville

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Fisheries governance is about governing people, not fish. The diversity in many North Atlantic fisheries made them in practice ungovernable. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a number of crises occurred in many of these fisheries and around 1990 these crises led to radical changes in marine ecosystems, fisheries and fishing communities around the North Atlantic. A breakthrough for modern fisheries management following the UNCLOS led to a social - ecological restructuring involving interactive changes in marine ecosystems, harvest technologies, fisheries science, management practices and goals, fishing households and communities and markets radically transformed the networks and organisations in the fisheries and the fishing communities.

After the 1990s, North Atlantic marine harvesters are increasingly embedded in cybernetic fisheries organizations that are radically different from the networks and the forms of association that dominated in the past. While these cybernetic fisheries organisations to a large extent are governable, they also represent an increase in fish capture capacity and capability that exceeds what the former fishing organisations represented. On the other side, the increase in governability, which from a certain point of view is positive, may also have other consequences that must be explored.


Jahn Petter Johnsen is a Professor in Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Organisation at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science at the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway. Prof Johnsen has worked as a commercial fisher, fisheries manager, fisheries and coastal planner, consultant and fisheries social scientist.

Prof Johnsen’s research has focussed on recruitment (of people) to the fishing fleet in Norway and on how the fisheries become governable through restructuring. He is responsible for courses in fisheries and aquaculture management, planning and organisation at the University of Tromsø and the University of Nha Trang, Vietnam. Prof Johnsen is a visiting researcher at CSIRO until mid - December 2016.

Science areas: Environment and Geosciences and General Science

Event type: Public seminar