Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Quite possibly no other form of life has come to epitomize the problems of management of our living resources more than the great whales. The rapid decline of some whale populations within the last several decades not only has evidenced the dramatic effects of the power of human technology to alter the marine environment. but also has been responsible for questioning the capability of international legal regimes to adequately and effectively safeguard the living resources of the seas. This article, drawing upon biological, economic, legal, and political knowledge analyzes these problems for all cetaceans, including those smaller species not specifically subject to international legal control. In so doing, my purpose is to provide an alternative approach for the analysis of issues in international cetacean management.