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Scaling Fisheries
The Science of Measuring the Effects of Fishing, 1855–1955

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Applied Ecology and Resource Management

  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038966

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  • Since the industrialization of fishing, fisheries scientists have been subject to intense economic and political pressures, which have affected the way the science has developed. The origins and effects of these pressures are traced in this 1994 book to concerns about determining the causes of fluctuations in fish and whale catches, and to resistance to regulation of fishing activity when populations are depleted. The development of partial theories of fish population dynamics are described using examples of both national and international fisheries. The causes of the difficulties encountered in generalizing these theories are examined, setting the stage for the limitation of scope of these studies that still influences the form and extent of fisheries research today. This is a fascinating resource for all those interested in fisheries science and the way it has developed in the last 150 years.

    • Of current interest in days of 'fish wars' and whaling bans
    • Gives historical perspective to present-day problems
    • Mine of information on fisheries literature
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    'Tim Smith's book makes interesting reading for scientists and historians …' J. H. S. Blaxter, Nature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038966
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 167 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.648kg
    • contains: 75 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Units used in the text
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Fluctuations, the very essence of ecosystems
    Part II. Developing Methods, 1855–1940:
    2. Research approaches, 1855–90
    3. Measuring the effect of fishing, 1890–1900
    4. The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, 1900–20
    5. Predicting fluctuations, 1920–30
    6. A priori methods, 1930–40
    Part III. Three Partial Theories, 1940–55:
    7. Middling in size
    8. How many parents are enough?
    9. Steady state yield
    10. Integration: self-regenerating populations and the bionomic ecosystem
    Index of people
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Tim D. Smith

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