Shifting Baselines: The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries Kindle Edition
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(Charles H. "Pete" Peterson Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
(Guilty Planet Blog, Scientific American)
(James A. Estes Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz)
About the Author
- Publication Date : June 22, 2012
- File Size : 7620 KB
- Print Length : 307 pages
- Publisher : Island Press (June 22, 2012)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B008PTQWXW
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #142,702 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Shifting Baselines" attacks the problem of reconstructing baselines for ocean fisheries through a variety of historical means and scientific techniques, from old whaling logbooks to the paleontology and archeology of ancient fishing communities. The authors are quite honest in noting the difficulties involved in such reconstructions. Several case studies are presented, including the interaction of sardine and anchovy populations, the once vast stocks of cod off the Canadian Maritimes, and the recent status of the Gulf of Maine. The book has extensive endnotes for the science fans, while the graphics in the text are generally easy to decipher.
The authors have managed the wonderful feat of writing a book for a variety of audiences. "Shifting Baselines" should be accessible to the general reader with an interest in the subject, and useful to readers with a working knowledge of fisheries management. "Shifting Baselines" is recommended to both audiences.
The authors do a fair job of showing how much seafood was in the ocean before harvesting became unsustainable. They also document the causes of unsustainable harvesting and point the direction we need to go to return to the good old days; while indicating it may be impossible to ever get there. I have not read enough in this area to know how valuable this text would be to those that are interested in the problems of ocean overfishing. For me a neofart in this area, it was a good read for a retired agronomist who grew up in a town adjacent to a world class ex-whaling city and now small fishing city.