Blue Genes - sharing and conserving the world's aquatic biodiversity

David Greer and Brian Harvey 
Earthscan  September 2004  

Hardback  256 pp  ISBN 9781844071050      £90.00
Genetic sciences have produced a 'blue revolution' in the way we use aquatic biodiversity. By 2020 the world will be eating more farmed than wild fish, marine bacteria may yield the cure for cancer and deep-sea bacteria may be exploited to gobble up oil spills. Science is moving ahead at a staggering speed, and the demand for genetic resources is growing rapidly - yet governance and policy lag far behind. This groundbreaking work is the first to look at the issues of ownership, governance and trade in aquatic genetic resources.

Blue Genes describes the growing demand for aquatic genetic resources and the desperate need to fill the policy vacuum for the management and conservation of aquatic biodiversity as a foundation for rules governing access to and use of aquatic genetic resources. The book pays special attention to the rights of indigenous and local communities providing access to those resources, and their role in managing and conserving aquatic biodiversity. The book concludes with policy recommendations specifically tailored to aquatic resources and uses six case studies from four continents to illustrate key issues.


  • Preface
  • The Gene Rush: Finding New Value in Aquatic Biodiversity
  • Managing Aquatic Biodiversity: Tools and Policy Gaps
  • Whose to Share: Ownership and Control of Aquatic Genetic Resources
  • Thinking Locally: Rights of Indigenous and Local Communities
  • Acting Globally: Towards National Laws on Access to Aquatic Resources
  • Results that Count: Meaningful Benefits for Fishing Communities
  • Putting Principles into Practice
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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