Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


Some maritime activities may be independent of each other but most are in competition and some are supportive in one way or other with most other maritime activities. Fisheries and merchant vessels rarely are at odds over matters of ocean traffic. However, both those activities may object to obstructions related to offshore oil drilling. Both municipalities and fisheries complain of merchant vessel pollution. Companies of different, states compete for offshoreoil lease rights. On the other hand, synergy and sublimation sometimes result from interworkings of maritime activities. Complexes of offshore platforms increase fish congregations. Powerplant cooling ponds transmute thermal pollution into significant aquaculture resource. Municipal effluent may be used to enhance marine biomass productivity.