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Historical Perspectives of Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific

  • Brings together the case studies completed through the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) initiative
  • Breaks new ground in the study of marine environmental history and historical marine ecology
  • Adds fresh Indo-Pacific perspectives to the environmental history of the Earth’s seas
  • Topics include shark fishing, whaling, tuna fisheries, historical turtle fisheries, commercial steam trawling and more

Series: MARE Publications Series Volume: 12

By: Joseph Christensen (Editor), Malcolm Tull (Editor)

250 pages, 8 colour & 41 b/w illustrations, 7 tables


Hardback | Apr 2014 | #213204 | ISBN-13: 9789401787260
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The waters of the Indo-Pacific were at the centre of the global expansion of marine capture fisheries in the twentieth century, yet surprisingly little has been written about this subject from a historical perspective. Historical Perspectives of Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific, the first major study of the history of fishing in Asia and Oceania, presents the case-studies completed through the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) initiative. It examines the marine environmental history and historical marine ecology of the Indo-Pacific during a period that witnessed the dramatic escalation of industrial fishing in these seas.


1. Introduction: Historical Perspectives of Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific
2. Unsettled Seas: Towards a History of Marine Animal Populations in the Central Indo-Pacific
3. Changing practice in the Madras marine fisheries: legacies of the Fish Curing Yards
4. History of shark fishing in Indonesia
5. A history of whaling in the Philippines: A glimpse of the past and current distribution of whales
6. Brackish water shrimp farming and the growth of aquatic monocultures in coastal Bangladesh
7. Evolution and development of the Taiwanese offshore tuna fishery
8. History of industrial tuna fishing in the Pacific Islands
9. Southern Bluefin Tuna: a contested history
10. The NSW steam trawl fishery on the south-east continental shelf of Australia, 1915-1961
11.Exploiting Green and Hawksbill Turtles in Western Australia: the Commercial Marine Turtle Fishery
12. Shifting baselines or shifting currents: an environmental history of fish and fishing in the south-west capes region of Western Australia
13. Shark Bay snapper: science, policy, and the decline and recovery of a marine recreational fishery
14. Conclusion: Learning from Asian and Indo-Pacific Fisheries History

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Joseph Christensen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and chapters in the fields of environmental and maritime history, a leading contributor to the Historical Encyclopaedia of Western and a contributor to the centenary history of The University of Western Australia. As a postgraduate student, he was the inaugural recipient of the Frank Broeze Scholarship at The University of Western Australia. He teaches Australian and Southeast Asian history at the School of Arts, Murdoch University, and is a Fellow of Murdoch's Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Research.

Malcolm Tull is a Professor of Economics at the School of Management and Governance, Murdoch University. He has a strong international record of publications in the disciplines of maritime economics and economic history. He was joint editor of the prestigious International Journal of Maritime History from 2000-2008, the author of A Community Enterprise: the History of the Port of Fremantle, 1897 to 1997 (1997), a Senior Editor for the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Maritime History (2007) and co-editor of Port Privatisation: The Asia-Pacific Experience (2008). A Fellow of Murdoch University's Centre for Asian Studies since 1999, Malcolm was appointed Principal Investigator for the Asian History of Marine Animal Populations Project in 2006. In 2008 Malcolm was elected Vice-President of the International Maritime Economic History Association. He was formerly Dean of the Murdoch Business School (2008-12). He is a Fellow at Murdoch's Centre for Fish, Fisheries, and Aquatic Ecosystem Research.

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