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Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Series: What Everyone Needs to Know

By: Ray Hilborn(Author), Ulrike Hilborn(Author)

150 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Jun 2012 | #197608 | ISBN-13: 9780199798148
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Hardback | Jul 2012 | #203539 | ISBN-13: 9780199798131
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Over the past twenty years considerable public attention has been focused on the decline of marine fisheries, the sustainability of world fish production, and the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems. Many have voiced their concerns about marine conservation, as well as the sustainable and ethical consumption of fish. But are fisheries in danger of collapse? Will we soon need to find ways to replace this food system? Should we be worried that we could be fishing certain species to extinction? Can commercial fishing be carried out in a sustainable way? While overblown prognoses concerning the dire state of fisheries are plentiful, clear scientific explanations of the basic issues surrounding overfishing are less so – and there remains great confusion about the actual amount of overfishing and its ecological impact.

Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know will provide a balanced explanation of the broad issues associated with overfishing. Guiding readers through the scientific, political, economic, and ethical issues associated with harvesting fish from the ocean, it will provide answers to questions about which fisheries are sustainably managed and which are not. Ray and Ulrike Hilborn address topics including historical overfishing, high seas fisheries, recreational fisheries, illegal fishing, climate and fisheries, trawling, economic and biological overfishing, and marine protected areas. In order to illustrate the effects of each of these issues, they will incorporate case studies of different species of fish.

Overall, the authors present a hopeful view of the future of fisheries. Most of the world's fisheries are not overfished, and many once overfished stocks are now rebuilding. In fact, we can learn from the management failures and successes to ensure that fisheries are sustainable and contribute to national wealth and food security. Concise and clear, this book presents a compelling "big picture" of the state of oceans and the solutions to ending overfishing.


Chapter 1: Overfishing
Chapter 2: Historical overfishing
Chapter 3 : Recovery of Fisheries
Chapter 4: Modern industrial fisheries management
Chapter 5: Economic Overfishing
Chapter 6: Climate and fisheries
Chapter 7: Mixed fisheries
Chapter 8: High Seas Fisheries
Chapter 9: Deepwater fisheries
Chapter 10: Recreational fisheries
Chapter 11: Small scale and artisanal fisheries
Chapter 12: Illegal fishing
Chapter 13: Trawling impacts on ecosystems
Chapter 14: Marine Protected Areas
Chapter 15: Ecosystem impacts of fishing
Chapter 16: The status of overfishing

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Ray Hilborn is Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington.

Ulrike Hilborn is a writer and has worked with her husband, Ray, for 37 years.

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