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Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
Confronting Tradeoffs

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  • Author: Jason Link, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, MA
  • Date Published: November 2010
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521762984

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  • Responsible fisheries management is of increasing interest to the scientific community, resource managers, policy makers, stakeholders and the general public. Focusing solely on managing one species of fish stock at a time has become less of a viable option in addressing the problem. Incorporating more holistic considerations into fisheries management by addressing the trade-offs among the range of issues involved, such as ecological principles, legal mandates and the interests of stakeholders, will hopefully challenge and shift the perception that doing ecosystem-based fisheries management is unfeasible. Demonstrating that EBFM is in fact feasible will have widespread impact, both in US and international waters. Using case studies, underlying philosophies and analytical approaches, this book brings together a range of interdisciplinary topics surrounding EBFM and considers these simultaneously, with an aim to provide tools for successful implementation and to further the debate on EBFM, ultimately hoping to foster enhanced living marine resource management.

    • Interdisciplinary view of living marine resource management and science provides a more viable solution to the sustainable management of fisheries
    • Provides several 'checklists', acting as a manual to implement EBFM. The background of case studies, underlying philosophies, and analytical methods are placed into a framework whereby interested readers, resource managers, and EBFM practitioners can apply that information, while understanding the theory and rationale behind the lists
    • Summary points and research remaining bullets at the end of each chapter provide a way to summarise, review and synthesise the main themes in each chapter and further the debate and future scientific research on the specific topic areas
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This little book is an excellent read and will be valued by any ecologist or marine biologist, not just those involved in fisheries. It is well written, authoritative, and full of common sense. Let us just hope that enough of the people who need to read it actually do."
    Ian Lancaster, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

    "The net result of this heterogeneous synthesis is a refreshing and fresh book that is easy to read: in places, a serious and authoritative account and in others an interesting, if unidirectional conversation. I enjoyed it, even in areas where I would have liked to enter the conversation to express a differing view, and many other readers will too... a useful and readable addition to the literature and guidance on EBFM."
    Kevern Cochrane, Fish and Fisheries

    "The text is well referenced and has appropriate figures and conceptual diagrams. It is particularly informative to see how fisheries managers need to consider such a wide range of factors -- economic, religious, historical, cultural, sociological, legal, anthropological, biological, and political -- to manage marine resources."
    A.K. Volety, Choice Magazine

    "This volume provides a good overview of a wide range of tools that can be used to evaluate the ecosystem consequences of fishing. Link presents a range of ecosystem concerns, going well beyond trophic interaction to include major environmental shifts impacting productivity... it will provide a good introduction to anyone interested in understanding the history and the state of the science."
    Ray Hilborn, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521762984
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 17 tables
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Context:
    1. Admit the problem
    2. Why is an ecosystem approach now strongly heralded and merited?
    3. Being audacious
    4. Framework for scientific information to support EBFM
    5. When does it make sense to do EBFM?
    Part II. Making EBFM Operational – Technical Considerations:
    6. Ecosystem indicators
    7. Expanding the stock focus: what we should have been doing yesterday
    8. A systemic focus: what we can do now
    9. Assessing risk: a different view of ecosystem information
    Part III. Institutional Considerations:
    10. Why most fisheries biologists become amateur social scientists
    11. Management institutions regarding EBFM
    12. It's all about tradeoffs
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Author

    Jason Link, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, MA
    J. S. Link is currently a senior scientist at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, USA. He has spent a large part of his career in helping to establish the scientific underpinnings for ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) and has received the Fisheries Society of the British Isles Medal for significant advances in fisheries science.

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