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The international management of southern bluefin tuna: consensus, conflict and communication over a common pool resource SIDNEY A DA M S

The Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) has been described as the ‘Porsche of the sea’. SBT can swim at speeds of up to 70km/h1 and an adult bluefin can attract $100,000 on the sashimi market in Japan (Wigan 1997: 149). This makes SBT the most commercially lucrative of all tuna and pelagic species. SBT spawn in Indonesian waters and migrate throughout Australian, New Zealand and South African territorial waters. Outside these national boundaries the freedom of the high seas governs the harvesting of fish and other oceanic resources. No single state or international governing body has jurisdictional sovereignty to manage the stock or arbitrate competing claims to the fishery.