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Mismanagement of Marine Fisheries (Hardcover)

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Alan Longhurst examines the proposition, central to fisheries science, that a fishery creates its own natural resource by the 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.


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521896726
SKU 213788188
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 052189672X
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0320
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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