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Book review Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries (2004) 14: 149–151  Springer 2005 Daniel Pauly and Jay Maclean, In a Perfect Ocean: they illustrate a bleak future for fisheries, they The state of fisheries and ecosystems in the North responsibly include a number of suggested actions Atlantic Ocean, Island Press, Washington DC, that may invert or at least slow the current trends USA, 2003, ISBN 1-55963-324-7 Paperback, of our collapsing fish stocks. This review is the 175pp. product of a graduate level fisheries class. Chapter one, ‘‘A Brief History of the North Historical accounts of worldwide fisheries report Atlantic and Its Resources,’’ presents a poignant stocks of fishes and shellfish so robust that a cen- historical overview of the Atlantic Ocean, the tury ago the English biologist, Thomas H. Huxley, seemingly illimitable production of this system and once stated that the oceans were an inexhaustible the development of commercial fisheries. Our lit- source of food and industrial products for humans erary voyage begins at the birth of the Atlantic to use with confidence. This situation was similar Ocean and a brief introduction to the long-, mid- in the North Atlantic. For instance, in the writings and short-term physical processes that Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

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