Part 1 Why does fisheries management need reinventing?: world fisheries are in crisis - we must respond!, R.C. Buckworth; reinventing the tree - reflections on the organic growth and creative pruning of fisheries management structures, N. Haggan; measuring the unmeasurable - a multivariate and interdisciplinary method for rapid appraisal of the health of fisheries, A.J. Pitcher, et al. Part 2 New policies for a reinvented fisheries management; science and decision making in fisheries management, D. Policansky; people, purses and power - developing fisheries policy for the new South Africa, K.L. Cochrane, A.I.L. Payne; beyond the status quo - rethinking fishery management, A.T. Charles; reinventing the formulation of policy in future fisheries, D.B. Preikshot; harnessing market forces and consumer power in favour of sustainable fisheries, M. Sutton; green fisheries - certification as a management tool, J.T. Sproul. aboriginal fisheries and a sustainable future - a case study from an agreement with the Nisga'a nation in British Columbia, M.R. Link, K.K. English; aquatic resources education for the development of world needs, M. Williams. Part 3 The role of the social sciences in a reinvented fisheries management: social science in fisheries management - a risk assessment, S. Jentoft; community-based cooperative management - renewed interest in an old paradigm, R.C. Brown; fostering sustainable development and research by encouraging the right kind of institutions, J. Rice; cooperation and quotas, A. Scott; conflice, consent and cooperation - an evolutionary perspective on individual human behaviour in fisheries management, P.J.B. Hart, A.J. Pitcher; enlarging the shadow of the future - avoiding conflict and conserving fish, P.J.B. Hart; a political ecology of fisheries, T.R. McGuire; the role of economic tools in redefining fisheries management, R. Hannesson; social regime formation and community participation in fisheries management, C.K. Harris. Part 4 Coping with ecology in a reinvented fisheries management: designing fisheries management systems that do not depend upon accurate stock assessment, C. Walters; fish production, food webs and simple trophic models, W.E. Neill; protected marine reserves as hedges against uncertainty - an economist's perspective, U. Rashid Sumaila; rebuilding ecosystems, not sustainability, as the proper goal of fishery management, A.J. Pitcher, D. Pauly; ocean triads and radical interdecadal variation - bane and boon to scientific fisheries management, A. Bakun. Part 5 Modelling through in a reinvented fisheries management: the red light and adaptive management, A. Bundy; fundamental obstacles to the application of ecological science in fisheries, J.P. Scandol (Part contents).