Ocean Recovery: A sustainable future for global fisheries?

ISBN : 9780198839767

Ray Hilborn; Ulrike Hilborn
208 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jun 2019
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Over the last two decades, the scientific and popular media have been bombarded by gloom and doom stories of the future of fisheries, the status of fish stocks, and the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems. Dozens of certification and labeling schemes have emerged to advise consumers on what seafood is sustainable. In recent years, an opposing narrative has emerged emphasizing the success of fisheries management in many places, the increasing abundance of fish stocks in those places, and the prescription for sustainable fisheries.

However, there has been no comprehensive survey of what really constitutes sustainability in fisheries, fish stock status, success and failures of management, and consideration of the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems.

This book will explore very different perspectives on sustainability, and bring together the data from a large number of studies to show where fish stocks are increasing, where they are declining, the consequences of alternative fisheries management regimes, and what is known about a range of fisheries issues such as the impacts of trawling on marine ecosystems.


1 The Bristol Bay salmon fishery
2 Fisheries sustainability
3 How fisheries are managed
4 Who gets to fish?
5 The global status of fisheries: a long tale of scientists, opinions, papers written and refuted, all in the pursuit of the same truth
6 The environmental impacts of fishing
7 Recreational fishing
8 Freshwater fisheries
9 Mixed species fishing and bycatch
10 Bottom trawling
11 The forage fish rollercoaster
12 Following the rules and illegal fishing
13 Seafood certification and NGOs
14 Ecosystem based management and marine protected areas
15 Enhancement and aquaculture
16 Climate change
17 The future of fisheries

About the author: 

Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in food sustainability, conservation, and quantitative population dynamics. He has co-authored several books including Overfishing: what everyone needs to know, Quantitative fisheries stock assessment, and The ecological detective: confronting models with data and has published over 300 peer reviewed articles. He has served on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals including 7 years on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America's Sustainability Science Award, and the International Fisheries Science Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society, the Royal Society of Canada, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.; Ulrike Hilborn is a writer and has worked with her husband, Ray, for over 40 years.

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