Population Production and Regulation in the Sea: A Fisheries Perspective

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Overview

The self-regulation of fish populations and why some fish stocks flourish and then die away are questions that have fascinated fisheries scientists for decades. In this account, David Cushing shows how the fate of fish larvae, which live close to the centers of production in the sea, has a crucial effect on population regulation. He shows how the timing and development of tidal fronts in particular regions have profound implications for fish and plankton production, which in turn affects whether or not enough of the fish larvae live to adulthood. One of the most interesting points made by the author is how vulnerable fish populations are to climate change, and it is only by understanding these processes that we can hope to recognize the implications of global climate change on marine populations. This book will be essential reading for all those interested in marine ecology and fisheries biology.
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"Fresh look at this age-old enigma, for marine biologists and fishery biologists to ponder." Fisheries

"...a comprehensive and current account of crucial linkages between the fate of marine fish larvae and subsequent population dynamics of juveniles and adults....a must-read for biological oceanographers and managers interested in fisheries population flucuations..." D. B. Eggleston, Choice

"Students of marine ecology and working fisheries biologists will find this book to be a stimulating source of ideas and questions. The text is clear and concise and the graphs and figures are easy to understand. This well-written book provides a valuable tool for the resource manager in the form of a review of published research and an extensive bibliography of the key marine production literature of the last century. It also points to the future of fisheries research, which will require collaboration between biologists and oceanographers." Douglas Clay, Environments

"The book is fascinating for its patient, detailed coverage....this volume is a major contribution to the study of a multidisciplinary issue in marine science....this book will find its most enthusiastic reception among professional oceanographers, fisheries scientists, and marine ecologists, for whom it should stimulate both discussion and collaboration." John J. Ney, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521384575
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: some new discoveries in marine biology; 2. The role of nutrients in the sea; 3. A view of production in the sea; 4. Hydrographic containment and stock structure; 5. Climate and fisheries; 6. Recruitment; 7. Density dependent processes; 8. Stock and recruitment; 9. Conclusion: fisheries and marine ecology; References; Index.
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