- Published: July 2009
Fisheries: While Stocks Last?
- Published: July 2010
- Region: Global
- OECD Publishing
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.
Chapter 1. Fishing: Difficult, Dangerous and Doomed?
This chapter introduces the interlinked economic, social, environmental and legal issues influencing the future of the fishing industry.
Chapter 2. A 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 3. Fisheries: Stock Taking
This chapter summarises the state of the industry today, looking at capture fisheries and aquaculture, as well as recreational fishing.
Chapter 4. Sea 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 5. Pirate Fishing
This chapter studies illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and why it is so hard to stop it.
Chapter 6. Selling 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 7. Hooked on Handouts?
This chapter weighs the evidence for and against subsidising fisheries and the economic and other reasons for reform.
Chapter 8. Sea 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 9. Fisheries: Common Wealth?
This chapter discusses the governance of global fisheries resources and analyses why change is so difficult.