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Dr.  Lucia FanningPhD



Dr. Lucia Fanning - MSc, MMM, PhD (Dalhousie)

Marine Affairs Program

Email: Lucia.Fanning@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-8390
Fax: (902) 494-1001
Mailing Address: 
Life Sciences Centre Room 800, 1459 Oxford Street PO Box 15000 Halifax NS B3H 4R2 Canada
Research Topics:
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Integrated Coastal and Oceans Management
  • Indigenous Fishing Rights
  • Marine Policy
  • Piracy
  • Ocean Governance
  • Marine Management
  • Ocean Law and Policy


Lucia joined the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University in September 2007 and served as Director until 2013. Prior to coming to Dalhousie University, she was involved in addressing transboundary fisheries governance in the Caribbean Sea where some 45 countries and territories with diverse cultures, politics, economics, laws and environments are working towards enhanced decision-making for the long-term sustainability of the fisheries. Lucia is interdisciplinary in her approach to scholarship and is passionate about including and raising the awareness of the value of all branches and sources of knowledge to better inform decisions affecting the sustainability of our coastal and marine resources.

Lucia lives in a rural part of Halifax Municipality where she enjoys the opportunity to commune with nature on her 26 acre lakeshore property, no matter the season!

View Lucia's FishWiks website

Research Interests

Lucia's research interests include: the roles of policy networks and their different underlying knowledge systems in influencing marine policy decisions; the role of key and emerging policy actors, including resource users and members of civil society, in managing marine resources; the assessment and effectiveness of evolving oceans governance regimes in managing marine uses; and ecosystem-based approaches to the management of coastal and marine space and use.

Her research spans multiple scales from local to global and includes research in integrated coastal and marine management and regional ocean governance in numerous areas around the world including the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia and North America. She is also very interested in understanding how western and indigenous knowledge systems influence fisheries decision-making on Canada’s Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic coasts as well as inland fisheries in Ontario.

Refereed Publications

Assessing marine protected areas effectiveness: A case study with Tobago Cays Marine Park. Rodrigues, A.G., & L.M. Fanning. Open Journal of Marine Science 7(03): 379-409 (2017). doi: 10.4236/ojms.2017.73027 (Full text available - external site)

ICZM in Cuba: Challenges and opportunities in a changing economic context. Gerhartz-Abraham, A., L.M. Fanning, & J. Angulo-Valdes. Marine Policy 73:69-76 (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.07.009 (Full text available - external site)

Assessing governance performance in transboundary water systems. Mahon, R., L.M. Fanning, & P. McConney. Environmental Development (2017). doi: 10/1016/j.envdev.2017.06.008 (Full text available - external site)

The CLME+ Strategic Action Programme: An ecosystems approach for assessing and managing the Caribbean sea and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems Debels, P., Fanning, L., Mahon, R., McConney, P., Walker, L., Bahri, T., Haughton, M., McDonald, K., Perez, M., Singh-Renton, S. and Toro, C. (2016) Environmental Development dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2016.10.004 (Full text available - external site)  

Nunavut Fisheries Co-Management and the Role of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement in Fisheries Management and Decision Making Boudreau, S. and L.M. Fanning Ocean Yearbook 30: 207-241 (2016)

Linking Caribbean Ocean Governance Efforts to Global Arrangements Mahon, R. and L. Fanning Social and Economic Studies 64: 101—123 (2016)

ICZM in Cuba: challenges and opportunities in a changing economic context Gerhartz-Abraham, A. , L. M. Fanning and J. Angulo-Valdes Marine Policy 73: 69–76 (2016) (Full text available until Sept 25 - external site)

Balancing Community Autonomy with Collective Identity: Mi’kmaq decision-making in Nova Scotia Denny, S. and L. M. Fanning (in press) Canadian Journal of Native Studies (2016)

A Mi’kmaw Perspective on Advancing Salmon Governance in Nova Scotia, Canada: Setting the Stage for Collaborative Co-existence Denny, S. and L. M. Fanning (2016) International Indigenous Policy Journal 7, Issue 3/4 (Fall 2016). doi:10.18584/iipj.2016.7.3.4

Improving the American Eel Fishery Through the Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into Policy Level Decision Making in Canada A. Giles, L. Fanning, S. Denny and T. Paul Human Ecology (2016) DOI 10.1007/s10745-016-9814-0 (Full text available here - external site)

Validating Governance Performance Indicators for Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management in the Southeast Region of Cuba J.A. Planas, B.C. Milanés, L.M. Fanning, C.M. Botero Open Journal of Marine Science 6: 49-65 (2016) (Full text available here - external site)

Canada at a crossroad: The imperative of realigning ocean policy with ocean science Bailey, M., B. Favaro, S.P. Otto, A.T. Charles, R. Devillers, A. Metaxas, P. Tyedmers, N.C. Ban, T. Mason, C. Hoover, T. J. Duck, L. Fanning, C. Milley, A.M. Cisneros-Montemayor, D. Pauly, W.W.L. Cheung, S. Cullis-Suzuki, L.Teh, U.R. Sumaila Marine Policy 63: 53-60 (2016) (Full text available here - external site)

A first look at the science-policy interface for ocean governance in the Wider Caribbean Region McConney, P., L. Fanning, R. Mahon & B. Simmons. Frontiers Marine Science 2: 119 (2016)  (Full text available here - external site)

An Indicator Framework for Assessing Progress in Land and Marine Planning in Colombia and Cuba Mateo Botero, C., L.M. Fanning, C. Milanes Batista & J.A. Planas Ecological Indicators 64 (181-193) (2016) (Full text available here - external site)

Assessing and Facilitating Emerging Regional Ocean Governance in the Wider Caribbean Region. R. Mahon, L. Fanning and P. McConney. Ocean Yearbook 28: 631-671 (2014)

Applying the large marine ecosystem (LME) governance framework in the Wider Caribbean Region Fanning, L., R. Mahon & P. McConney Marine Policy 42: 99–110 (2013)

Tackling illegal, unregulated, and unreported trade towards Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) recovery in Sabah, Malaysia Poh, T.M. and L.M. Fanning Marine Policy 36: 696–702 (2012)

Integrated coastal zone management under authoritarian rule: An evaluation framework of coastal governance in Egypt Tabet, L. and L.M. Fanning Ocean & Coastal Management 61: 1-9 (2012)

Marine Ecosystem-Based Management in the Caribbean Fanning, L., R. Mahon and P. McConney (Eds.) Amsterdam University Press, MARE Publications Series Amsterdam 368pp (2011)

Using memoranda of understanding to facilitate marine management in Canada McCrimmon, D. & L. Fanning Marine Policy 34, 1335-40 (2010)

Towards a coastal area definition of Nova Scotia  Fanning, L. & C. Burbidge Ocean Yearbook 24, 239-67  (2010)

Governance characteristics of large marine ecosystems Mahon, R., L. Fanning, P. McConney & R. Pollnac Marine Policy 34(5), 919-27  (2010)

Ocean planning and the Gulf of Maine: Exploring bi-national policy options  Fanning, L. & R. Heimes  Ocean and Coastal Law Journal 15(2), 293-337  (2010)

Understanding influence: Lessons from Canada's and Nova Scotia's 1999 Georges Bank moratorium decision Fanning, L.  Ocean Yearbook 23, 119-59  (2009)

Focusing on living marine resource governance: The Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem and Adjacent Areas Project  Fanning, L., R. Mahon & P. McConney  Coastal Management, 37, 219-34.  (2009)

A governance perspective on the large marine ecosystem approach  Mahon, R., L. Fanning & P. McConney  Marine Policy 33, 317-321  (2008)