Preface; Introduction; Part I: Living resources: their habitat and fisheries; Ocean environment; Major resource organisms--plants and invertebrates; Major resource organisms--vertebrates; Life histories of resource species; Age and growth of resource species; Part II: Fisheries Biology; Fish and shellfish behavior; Population size and fluctuations; Part III: Fisheries: gear, methods and landings; Fishing vessels, gear and methods; Food and nonfood fisheries; Major world fishing nations; Sea farming (aquaculture); Part IV: Fisheries management and regulation; Management objectives; Fisheries management--environmental manipulations; Fisheries management--laws and regulations; Future of world commercial fisheries; Part V: Recreational fisheries; Recreational fishermen, resources, gear, and value; Recreational fisheries biology; Recreational fisheries management; Future of recreational fisheries; Appendices; Appendix A: Selected general references; Appendix B: The Magnuson Fishery Conservation Management Act.
Living Marine Resources provides a thorough, up-to-date introduction to all aspects of fisheries science. This clearly written text offers insight into a topic of increasing importance--the wise utilization and management of sea fisheries to maximize production without exceeding their carrying capacity. Adoption of the approaches presented will improve the conservation and management of the many world fisheries that are suffering from years of inefficient practices. The book is divided into five sections, beginning with an introduction to the ocean environment and the various resource species. Part two examines fisheries biology, including age, growth, fecundity, and mortality, enabling readers to appreciate yield models designed to give estimates of maximum sustainable yield and maximum economic yield. The third part covers gear, methods, and landings and includes material on the handling and processing of seafood as well as aquaculture. In part four, yield models are presented to introduce students to theories on population dynamics, stock assessment, and management. The book concludes with coverage of recreational fisheries, including socioeconomic importance, catch and effort research, management techniques, and their interface with commercial fisheries. Living Marine Resources is an invaluable introduction to the subject for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of fisheries science. In addition, the material presented will be valuable to fishery and social scientists, fishery officers and administrators, and students in biology, engineering, economics, and law.
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