Fish (Resources) Paperback – 13 May 2011
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"A great environmental case study. Once you′ve read this book, you′ll be hooked."
"An ideal introduction to this subject that will appeal to a wide audience with an interest in the marine environment."
Environment and Planning C
"A very readable and alarming account."
"Any person interested in the history of commercial fisheries and their effects on marine stocks will be interested in Fish. The writing is very straightforward and the authors present a wide range of facts and information."
"A wonderful book and a valuable resource for anyone interested in ocean fisheries and their future."
Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir, author of Who Gets What? Domestic Influences on International Negotiations Allocating Shared Resources
"DeSombre and Barkin explain the complex reality of global fisheries in a clear and engaging manner. Their concise description of the problems caused by human exploitation of the oceans is tempered by a set of potential solutions that can be implemented by anyone – fishers, governments, consumers, and concerned people everywhere."
D. G. Webster, Dartmouth College
"Packed with facts and information, this wide–ranging book tells the tale of global fisheries in an easily accessible and engaging way. I can think of no better introduction to the subject."
Dale Squires, NOAA Fisheries Service
Journal of Agrarian Change
From the Back Cover
Fishing has played a vital role in human history and culture. But today this key resource faces a serious crisis as most species are being overfished or fished to their very limit. Governments have tried to tackle the problem with limited success. Many of their actions have been counterproductive or ineffective. What will happen to global fisheries, and the populations that depend on them, as we continue to catch more fish than the oceans can reproduce?
This book explores the causes of the current crisis in the world′s fisheries, and what needs to be done to address the situation. It explains the structure of the fishing industry, the incentives that persuade individuals or companies to catch fish at unsustainable levels, and illuminates the problems created by governmental efforts to use fishing policy as a tool for economic development or to win votes in domestic elections. It also looks at the role of aquaculture in either decreasing or increasing the pressure on wild fish stocks.
The dire condition of fish stocks has led governments and consumer organizations to consider new approaches to protect the global supply of fish. DeSombre and Barkin conclude by showing how such methods, along with new forms of international regulation and informed decision–making by consumers, all have an important part to play in rewarding and thus encouraging sustainable fishing behaviour in the future.See all Product description
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Smaller countries resources are plundered, where there is even less chance of monitoring fishing levels, and there is a lack of political will to shrink the global industry to restore the balance between stocks and catching capacity. Some solutions are suggested, but all require both joined-up thinking, and joined-up co-operative approaches by all nations, working to common goals. Given the appalling suspicions about other countries motives, the inherent level of human greed and deception, this clear-headed analysis leaves the reader less than optimistic about the future we are likely to bequeath future generations. Nonetheless, an essential read.
Rarely has the expression `starving your grandchildren to feed your children' seemed more apt with an unrelenting and unsustainable trawling of the oceans justified on the grounds of flawed short term economics, vested interests and large scale indifference to the depletion of future fish stocks and environmental devastation being wreaked.
Current populations of particular species are unable to recover at their current levels even with a significant decline in fishing levels and cannot maintain viable breeding population levels in the face of advancing technology within the fishing industry with the mechanizing of fishing fleets, some via development aid loans from the World Bank.
There's a considerable amount to digest in this book and it did take me a long time to read right through in order to give justice and gain a full understanding of the implications of many of the points being raised. It's a very worthwhile read though. I would also really recommend The End Of The Line [DVD]  as a documentary film which follows a similar theme.
A fascinating read on an increasingly scarce commodity that might change the way you eat. Highly recommended.
It is a short book, 167 pages of text, however it is very well written and full of information. There are 6 chapters:
2) Growth of the global fishing industry - history, main countries involved and the methods used
3) Structure of the fishing industry -the political, economic and social factors
4) Regulatory efforts and impacts - governmental responses to overfishing
5) Aquaculture - benefits, problems and challenges within the fish farming industry
6) Consumers and catches - looks at how consumers can influence the industry through NGO certification, boycotts etc
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this (extremely important) subject. You do not need a scientific background to understand this book as it is easy to read, even although some of the points are not easy/nice reading (collapsing fish stocks, overfishing and even the Patagonian toothfish) and it certainly is food for thought when deciding on what fish to get from the chippy!
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