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  • The field of marine resources management is very broad and diverse. It is also very dynamic as new and exciting research is being produced in emerging fields such as aquaculture and integrated management. This research proposes to evaluate the trends in research pertaining to the many fields within marine resources management and discover what areas of research exist. The goal of the article is to produce a portrait of the many research themes that come into play in marine resource management as is it commonly practiced now. In order to tackle the structure and the evolution of this field, we will use the method of associated words. The method exploits the occurrence and co-occurrence of keywords in order to construct a word-network which can represent the field of marine resources management. As it is not possible to represent a domain using only word-networks, the method consists of using an index of association to bring out the most significant associations (i.e. the word aggregates that are more strongly related among themselves than to other words in the network). These word aggregates (also called themes) are composed of a limited number of words that can be determined during the process. Each theme is constructed around a central word which serves as its definition and with which all the other words of the theme are in a statistical relationship. It is possible to see the evolution of research themes through time and therefore have an overview of the development of the field of study, especially with regard to important themes, and the appearance of new themes. All the papers which are relative to marine resources management and included in bibliographic databases (ABI-INFORM, EBSCO Host and Science Direct) to 2006 have been analyzed. In this paper, we will present some results of this study and a special focus will be placed on decision making tools which have been developed and implemented in this field of interests.
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  • Bruno, Urli and Guillaume Couillard. 2006. Evolution of Marine Resources Management: A Scientometric Analysis. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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  • The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Service, United States Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries); United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); The United States Agency for International Development supported Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Support Program (ACRSP).
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