Ocean Bankruptcy: World Fisheries on the Brink of Disaster

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This breakthrough book describes the games that nations and organizations play in order to exploit the ocean's migratory fishery resources in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean waters. It examines the attitudes and actions of different countries, fishermen, and consumers, all lobbying for greater allocations for themselves while the supply is being rapidly depleted. Stephen Sloan weaves together his provable theory that the oceans are being depleted three times faster than is reported by scientists. He ...

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This breakthrough book describes the games that nations and organizations play in order to exploit the ocean's migratory fishery resources in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean waters. It examines the attitudes and actions of different countries, fishermen, and consumers, all lobbying for greater allocations for themselves while the supply is being rapidly depleted. Stephen Sloan weaves together his provable theory that the oceans are being depleted three times faster than is reported by scientists. He uses simple formulas and addresses what the numbers mean in a biological ecological sense, and whether they match up with those found in statistical reports.
OCEAN BANKRUPTCY offers a fresh look into world conservation. The author tells this unique story through accounts of international meetings of government delegations, lobbyists, special interest groups, and nongovernmental environmental organizations, along with other fisheries groups. The book utilizes nonscientific jargon that appeals to the large number of people who are concerned about the health of our oceans, and ultimately, the health of our planet.

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Fisherman extraordinaire and editor of Fly Fishing Is Spoken Here Sloan speaks from the pulpits of his most recent positions on the advisory panel to the National Marine Fisheries Services, the agency charged with negotiating and enforcing treaty management of open-seas fish populations, and the International Commission for the Conservation of the Atlantic Tunas. There's "indiscriminate killing" in commercial ocean fishing, Sloan says, and "our oceans are being stripped of their very life." Despite the tabloid sweep of the title, his book is focused on three Atlantic tuna families most stressed by international commercial fishing industry and other billfish that have high-ticket sportfishing value; yellowfin, bluefin, and skipjack tunas are Sloan's version of the canaries in the mine, and he focuses much attention on them in these terse chapters styled as reports, memos, briefs and legal testimonies. Japan is cast as arch-villain of tuna conservation: in January 2001, a 400-pound bluefin sold for $172,000 at wholesale; the Japanese declared it was caught in home waters. Sloan's re-formatting of what is essentially deadly committee-report content into a compelling conservation brief is accomplished journalism in itself. Even at legislative junctures where a conservation jeremiad might erupt, Sloan remains a model rational gladiator-lobbyist (a few internal scores are settled among peer organizations) in this arena of globalized corporate fishing. His argument and even its failures are accessible to an interested lay audience as well as to the choir of sportfishing conservation interests opposing commercial overfishing. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585747948
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Sloan is the founder of the Fishing Zone radio show, now in its eleventh year of broadcasting. He currently serves on the United States Advisory Board to ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) and has been a member of the United States Delegation for the past nine years. He has lectured as an Adjunct Professor at the Rosensteil School for Marine Science, University of Miami, completed a Certificate Degree at CERC, Columbia University Center for Environmental Studies, and is a Trustee of the International Game Fish Association. Mr. Sloan has set 44 world fishing records. He is the Editor of Fly Fishing is Spoken Here (Lyons Press).

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Table of Contents

List of Exhibits ix
Foreword xi
Preface xvi
Acronyms xxi
1 United States Federal Court, Second District, Hauppauge, New York, October 1991 1
2 Japanese Delegation Room, ICCAT, Madrid, November 1991 13
3 The White House, Washington, December 1991 18
4 Block Island Sound, August 1993 22
5 Office of Winthrop Rockefeller, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 1994 38
6 Office of Stephen Sloan, New York City, May 1996 43
7 The Billfish Foundation, Palm Beach, Florida, November 1996 49
8 Maine Fishermen's Forum, Samoset Resort, Rockport, Maine, March 1997 52
9 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Madrid, November 1997 59
10 NMFS Headquarters, Silver Spring, Maryland, April 1998 67
11 Astillero Barreras, Vigo, Spain, November 1998 74
12 Microwave Telemetry Headquarters, Columbia, Maryland, April 1999 78
13 Office of Stephen Sloan, New York City, April 1999 87
14 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Rio de Janeiro, November 1999 94
15 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Rio de Janeiro, November 1999 100
16 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Rio de Janeiro, November 1999 108
17 Offices of American Sportfishing Association, Washington, June 2000 111
18 Office of Stephen Sloan, IGFA and RFA Representatives, August 2000 118
19 Turtle Scoping, Islip, New York, August 2000 127
20 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Marrakech, November 2000 132
21 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Marrakech, November 2000 138
22 United States Delegation Room, ICCAT, Marrakech, Morocco, November 2000 142
23 Delta Flight, Madrid to JFK, November 2000 159
24 The Pew Oceans Commission, November 2001 167
25 Plenary Session, ICCAT, Murcia, Spain, November 2001 173
26 Recommendations 176
Afterword 179
Exhibits 183
Index 260
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