Fisheries
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Fisheries

While Stocks Last?

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.

This book includes StatLinks, URLs under graphs and tables linking to Excel® spreadsheets showing the underlying data

"We at International Aquafeed would recommend this to anyone involved in marine fishing and even to those in aquaculture to and aqua policy development as a foundation document for future decision-making. Well done Patrick Love."
                                                                                   -The Aquaculturists Blog

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Publication Date :
28 July 2010
DOI :
10.1787/9789264079915-en
 
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A Hundred Thousand Years of Fishing You or your institution have access to this content

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OECD
Pages :
16–29
DOI :
10.1787/9789264079915-2-en

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The tasks and tools of fishing changed little for thousands of years – find fish and then trap them with a net, hook or spear. To begin with this was done inland or near the shore. Then, as the technology started to advance rapidly with the agricultural and industrial revolutions, fishing quickly transformed itself. Boats got bigger, travelled farther and became ever more sophisticated. Yet today’s globalised industry still relies on the same resources and is still at the mercy of the same uncertainties as the earliest fishers.
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