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Fisheries supply a critically important ecosystem service by providing over three billion people with nearly 20% of their daily animal protein intake. Yet one third of the world's fish stocks are currently harvested at unsustainable levels. Calls for the adoption of more holistic approaches to management that incorporate broader ecosystem principles are now being translated into action worldwide to meet this challenge. The transition from concept to implementation is accompanied by the need to further establish and evaluate the analytical framework for Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM). The objectives of this novel textbook are to provide an introduction to this topic for the next generation of scientists who will carry on this work, to illuminate the deep and often underappreciated connections between basic ecology and fishery science, and to explore the implications of these linkages in formulating management strategies for the 21st century.
Fishery Ecosystem Dynamics will be of great use to graduate level students as well as academic researchers and professionals (both governmental and NGO) in the fields of fisheries ecology and management.
Ecological Models: an overview
2: Density-Independent Population Growth
3: Density-Dependent Population Growth
4: Interspecific Interactions I: Predation and Parasitism
5: Interspecific Interactions II: Competition and Mutualism
6: Community Dynamics
7: Spatial Processes
8: Production at the Individual Level
9: Production at the Cohort and Population Levels
10: Production at the Ecosystem Level
Harvesting Models and Strategies
11: Harvesting at the Cohort and Population Levels
12: Harvesting at the Community Level
13: Harvesting at the Ecosystem Level
14: Empirical Dynamic Modeling
15: Towards EBFM
Michael Fogarty is a senior scientist in the Ecosystem Dynamics and Assessment Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. He is a Visiting Scientist in the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island and the School of Marine Science of the University of Massachusetts.
Jeremy Collie worked in British Columbia and Alaska before joining the faculty of the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He teaches Fish Population Dynamics, Fisheries Oceanography, and Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Science and Management.