Fisheries: While Stocks Last?


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ISBN: 9789264077379
Published: Sept 2010
152 pages
€15 / $19 / £10 / ¥2 000

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The fish on your plate may have been caught by a high-tech trawler, trapped by a lone fisher, farmed along with tons of others, or even stolen by pirates. It may have been captured in the South Atlantic, landed in Europe, and processed in China. Globalisation, North-South relations, changing attitudes and lifestyles, and the way we manage natural resources all influence fisheries.

This book uses the expertise of the OECD to assess these issues, and describes the challenges facing those who work in the industry. Apart from the fishers themselves and their families, it also draws on the points of view of NGOs, government specialists, scientists and independent experts.

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 How can we build a sustainable fishing industry that maintains healthy fish stocks and valued employment? OECD analyst Saba Khwaja talks about OECD work that helps governments formulate effective fisheries policies, while fish seller Antoine Mallaird tells us about the changes he's seen in his business.

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Foreword by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD

Chapter 1Fishing: Difficult, Dangerous and Doomed?
This chapter introduces the interlinked economic, social, environmental and legal issues influencing the future of the fishing industry.

Chapter 2A Hundred Thousand Years of Fishing
This chapter describes the history of fishing and what has and hasn’t changed over the 1 000 centuries people have been catching fish.

Chapter 3Fisheries: Stock Taking
This chapter summarises the state of the industry today, looking at capture fisheries and aquaculture, as well as recreational fishing.

Chapter 4Sea of Troubles
This chapter examines the interactions between fishing and the environment,both how the environment influences fishing, and how fishing influences the environment.

Chapter 5Pirate Fishing
This chapter studies illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and why it is so hard to stop it.

Chapter 6Selling the Seven Seas

This chapter outlines the impacts of social and economic factors such as globalisation and lifestyles on catching, processing, selling and eating fish.

Chapter 7Hooked on Handouts?
This chapter weighs the evidence for and against subsidising fisheries and the economic and other reasons for reform.

Chapter 8Sea Changes
This chapter concerns change and adjustment in the fisheries industry and what it means for the men, women and communities most directly concerned.

Chapter 9Fisheries: Common Wealth?
This chapter discusses the governance of global fisheries resources and analyses why change is so difficult.



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