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Book reviews Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 7, 371±385 (1997) Fisheries Mismanagement: The Case of the North Atlantic Cod Ro È gnvaldur Hannesson Fishing News Books, Oxford, 1996 ISBN 0 85238 243 X, £29.50 Hard cover, pp. viii ‡ 160, 3 tables, 30 figures Available from Fishing News Books, Blackwell Scientific Publications Ltd, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0EL, UK The title of Ro È gnvaldur Hannesson's treatment of the economic and biological ruin of the North Atlantic cod fisheries utilizes two time-honoured literary hooks: it is provocative and it promises to tell a good story. The author's thesis, well written and logically consistent, has nonetheless an evangelical ring to it, tempting the reader to frame the argument in a biblical context. The story's four main characters are conservationist miscreants who are plundering, or have plundered, their fisheries (Iceland, Norway, Newfoundland and the Faeroes). Through generous subsidies and over-capitalization, these characters have sold their sustainable-harvesting souls to the devils of national government and open-access fishing policy. The saviour, whose creed emphasizes individual responsibility through private ownership of resources and cost-effective harvesting, is the individual transferable quota, or ITQ. Having seen, or at least seen shadows of, the light, two of the Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Chapman and Hall
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Zoology
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