Ocean Recovery: A Sustainable Future for Global Fisheries?

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Oxford University Press, Jun 27, 2019 - 208 pages
Over the last two decades, the scientific and popular media have been bombarded by gloom and doom stories of the future of fisheries, the status of fish stocks, and the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems. Dozens of certification and labeling schemes have emerged to advise consumers on what seafood is sustainable. In recent years, an opposing narrative has emerged emphasizing the success of fisheries management in many places, the increasing abundance of fish stocks in those places, and the prescription for sustainable fisheries. However, there has been no comprehensive survey of what really constitutes sustainability in fisheries, fish stock status, success and failures of management, and consideration of the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems. This book will explore very different perspectives on sustainability, and bring together the data from a large number of studies to show where fish stocks are increasing, where they are declining, the consequences of alternative fisheries management regimes, and what is known about a range of fisheries issues such as the impacts of trawling on marine ecosystems.

Ocean Recovery is aimed principally at a general audience that is already interested in fisheries but seeks both a deeper understanding of what is known about specific issues and an impartial presentation of all the data rather than selected examples used to justify a particular perspective or agenda. It will also appeal to the scientific community eager to know more about marine fisheries and fishing data, and serve as the basis for graduate seminars on the sustainability of natural resources.


CHAPTER 1 The Bristol Bay Balmon Fishery
CHAPTER 2 Fisheries Sustainability
CHAPTER 3 How Fisheries Are Managed
CHAPTER 4 Who Gets to Fish?
a long tale of scientists opinions and papers written and refuted all in the pursuit of the same truth
CHAPTER 6The Environmental Impacts of Fishing
CHAPTER 7 Recreational Fishing
CHAPTER 8 Freshwater Fisheries
CHAPTER 11 The Forage Fish Rollercoaster
CHAPTER 12 Following the Rules and Illegal Fishing
CHAPTER 13 Seafood Certification and Nongovernmental Organizations
CHAPTER 14 EcosystemBased Management and Marine Protected Areas
CHAPTER 15 Enhancement and Aquaculture
CHAPTER 16 Climate Change
CHAPTER 17 The Future of Fisheries

CHAPTER 9 MixedSpecies Fishing and Bycatch
CHAPTER 10 Bottom Trawling

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Ray Hilborn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, USA, Ulrike Hilborn

Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in food sustainability, conservation, and quantitative population dynamics. He has co-authored several books including Overfishing: what everyone needs to know, Quantitative fisheries stock assessment, and The ecological detective: confronting models with data and has published over 300 peer reviewed articles. He has served on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals including 7 years on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America's Sustainability Science Award, and the International Fisheries Science Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society, the Royal Society of Canada, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ulrike Hilborn is a writer and has worked with her husband, Ray, for over 40 years.

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