Mismanagement of Marine Fisheries (Paperback)

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Alan Longhurst examines the proposition, central to fisheries science, that a fishery creates its own natural resource by compensatory growth it induces in the fish and that this is sustainable. His novel analysis of the reproductive ecology of bony fish of cooler seas offers some support for this, but a review of fisheries past and present confirms that sustainability is rarely achieved. The relatively open structure and strong variability of marine ecosystems are discussed in relation to the reliability of resources used by the industrial-level fishing that became globalised during the twentieth century. This was associated with an extraordinary lack of regulation in most seas and a widespread avoidance of regulation where it did exist. Some species with unusual reproductive biology have survived unregulated fishing, but sustained fisheries can only be expected where social conditions permit strict regulation and where politicians have no personal interest in outcomes: Otherwise, there are no magic bullets-despite current enthusiasm for ecosystem-based approaches or for transferable property rights.

Cover illustration (front): Eastern princess II-Bottom Trawler Tour 2005. Red fish from the Eastern Princess II, approximately a 4 to 5 ton catch. Greenpeace is calling on governments to put in place a UN moratorium on highseas bottom trawling because it is an unsustainable fishing technique that has destructive impacts on the marine ecosystems and poses serious threats to deep sea fish species. © Greenpeace/Virginia Lee Hunter. (Back): 1. Panamanian flagged Spanish trawler cod fishing. NW Atlantic Ocean. © Greenpeace/Robert Visser. 2. Turkish tuna fleet Purse Seine fishing and transferring catch to transport cage. Greenpeace is calliong on the countries of the Mediterranean to protect bluefin tuna with marine reserves in their breeding and feeding areas. © Greenpeace/Gavin Newman. 3. Pirate fishing expedition, West Africa, Belize (FOC) registered "Phocea" with the "Flipper 3" alongside during trans-shipment in Guinea EEZ. © Greenpeace/Kate Davison.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521721509
SKU 213771903
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0521721504
Release Date 5/1/2010
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