The Fisherman's Problem: Ecology and Law in the California Fisheries, 1850-1980

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A critical appraisal of California's fishing industry management develops from an interdisciplinary compilation of recent research in law, economics, marine biology and anthropology.
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"In The Fisherman's Problem, Arthur F. McEvoy researches the ecological and legal background of California's fisheries from the days of the American Indians up to this decade. In it, he clarifies, and annotates in painstaking detail, the environmental and social issues relating not only to West Coast fisheries but also to the theory and politics of resource management in general. In synthesizing a vast amount of recent research, McEvoy builds a strong case for the fisher's problems being, at heart, a social problem, one with enormous implications and lessons for ecological issues across the board." Marty Olmstead, The San Francisco Chronicle
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List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The problem of environment; Part I. The Miner's Canary: 2. Aboriginal fishery management; 3. The Indian fisheries commercialized; Part II. Sun, Wind, and Sail, 1850–1910: 4. Immigrant fisheries; 5. State power and the right to fish; Part III. The Industrial Frontier, 1910–1950: 6. Mechanized fishing; 7. The bureaucrat's problem; Part IV. Enclosure of the Ocean, 1950–1980: 8. Gridlock; 9. Something of a vacuum; 10. Leaving fish in the ocean; 11. An ecological community; Conclusion; Appendix; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.

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