chapter  3
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Discourses on marine living resources

In Chapter 2, we noted that several of the most important fish stocks in the Barents Sea were judged by scientists at the turn of the millennium to be at risk of collapse. There is a corresponding tendency in the scientific literature to evaluate the achievements of the management regime negatively in the face of the declining fish stocks. While it is difficult to establish a causal link between choices made within the regime and the status of the regulated stocks, it would, from the point of view of discourse analysis, be of interest to elucidate the context in which important management decisions have been made. How did decision-makers explain their intentions behind the choices made? Why were some proposed solutions chosen and not others? How did the framing of the problem influence the selection among available ‘solutions’? To what extent were choices determined by factors external to the regime? Whether the choices made actually contributed to the solution of the problem is an issue that lies outside the scope of this discussion.