Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries: A Global Perspective

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Inspired by the work of the renowned fisheries scientist Daniel Pauly, this book provides a detailed overview of ecosystem-based management of fisheries. It explores the complex and interdisciplinary nature of the subject by bringing together contributions from some of the world's leading fisheries scientists, managers and conservationists. Combining both research reviews and opinion pieces, and reflecting the breadth of Pauly's influence within the field, the book illustrates the range of issues associated with the implementation of the ecosystem approach and the challenge of long-term sustainability. Topics covered include global biodiversity, the impact of human actions on marine life, the implications for economic and social systems and the role of science in communicating and shaping ocean policy to preserve resources for the future. This book provides a complete and essential overview for advanced researchers and those just entering the field.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An inspiring book dedicated to an immensely influential scientist, Daniel Pauly, who convinced his colleagues, that ‘thinking big’ and developing generic tools, global data-bases as well as innovative ecological ideas, can empower scientists and forge a better future for marine fisheries. A coherent collection of essays by renowned authors that jointly explains ecosystem approaches to fisheries, a pure delight."
Philippe Cury, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

"The area of scholarship conjured by this title is one of growing practical importance with a burgeoning literature, but much of it of questionable professional standard. This is different: sixteen chapters written by well- respected scientists, all acknowledging inspiration by Professor Daniel Pauly. It is not comprehensive – the subject is too young to allow that – but the wide-ranging articles are stimulating and point the rest of us in a productive direction, covering broad marine ecological issues, management problems and what the editors call “the human side”: good use of coastal resources, localised fisheries, capacity building and economics."
Dr. Sidney Holt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521130226
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Villy Christensen is Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia. He is a leading expert in ecosystem modeling, and has led courses and workshops throughout the world on developing ecosystem approaches to fisheries management.

Jay Maclean is a former Acting Director General and Director of the Information Program of the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM) in the Philippines. He is currently a consultant for several international organizations and is based in Manila.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Lord Robert May; Preface; Acknowledgment; 1. Introduction: toward ecosystem-based management of fisheries Villy Christensen; Part I. Life in the Oceans: 2. The oxygen constraint Andrew Bakun; 3. Organizing and disseminating marine biodiversity information: the FishBase and SeaLifeBase story Maria L. D. Palomares and Nicolas Bailly; 4. The science in FishBase Rainer Froese; Part II. Evaluating Impact on Marine Life: 5. How much fish is being extracted from the oceans and what is it worth? Reg Watson, Rashid Sumaila and Dirk Zeller; 6. Fishing down the food web Konstantinos I. Stergiou and Villy Christensen; 7. Aquaculture up and down the food web Roger Pullin; 8. Beyond food: fish in the 21st century Jennifer Jacquet; 9. The shifting baselines syndrome: perception, deception and the future of our oceans Jeremy Jackson and Jennifer Jacquet; Part III. Managing Living Resources: 10. Assessment of exploited stocks of tropical fishes: an overview John Munro; 11. Ecosystem-based fisheries management in the face of climate change William W. L. Cheung, Jessica J. Meeuwig and Vicky W. Y. Lam; 12. Progress in the use of ecosystem modeling for fisheries management Villy Christensen and Carl Walters; Part IV. The Human Side: 13. Science and capacity building for sustainable development in fisheries Cornelia E. Nauen and Gotthilf Hempel; 14. Thinking big on small scale fisheries Ratana Chuenpagdee; 15. Coastal-marine resource use in human ecological context: the scale and modes of integration Kenneth Ruddle; 16. Global fisheries economic analysis Rashid Sumaila, Andrew J. Dyck, Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor and Reg Watson; Part V. Impacting Policy: 17. Linking conservation policy and science Joshua S. Reichert; 18. Using the science Michael Hirshfield; 19. The scientist as communicator Nancy Baron; 20. Scenario development for decision-making Villy Christensen and Sherman Lai; 21. The relationship between science and ocean policy Carl Safina and Marah J. Hardt; Index.

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