Ocean Bankruptcy: World Fisheries on the Brink of Disaster

Ocean Bankruptcy: World Fisheries on the Brink of Disaster

by Stephen Sloan, Richard Reagan, Sylvia A. Earle
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585747948
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.96(d)

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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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