but a subtext was `what can the United States learn?' Global Trends: Fisheries
Management publishes the papers that lay behind the symposium talks.
The six sections of the book contain different numbers of papers. The ®rst section
provides overviews, discussing `Status and trends in world ®sheries'. The next section is
on `Approaches to management decision making' which is followed by `Multiple
species and ecosystem considerations'. A fourth section deals with `Trends in world
aquaculture', included perhaps because aquaculture is seen as a partial solution to
over®shing? The ®nal major section is on `Allocating ®shing rights', which is
approached largely from an economic perspective. A short summary is provided by the
book's editors in the sixth section. An appendix provides a summary of discussions on
the application of ITQs to ®sheries.
The papers are written by a well-known group of people, the cream of the ®sheries
world? There's Serge Garcia on the state of the world's ®sheries, Daniel Pauly on
tropical small-scale ®sheries, Ray Hilborn on uncertainty and risk, Andre Punt on
ecosystem interactions off South Africa, RoÈgnvaldur Hannesson on ITQs and, my
favourite ®sheries economist, Jim Wilen on rent loss in modern ®sheries. I pick these
people out only to illustrate that Seattle was the place for a ®sheries scientist to be in
Do the articles in the book provide a solution? Can this edition be recommended to
managers as a source of ideas and to students as a place to seek inspiration? As
expected, the answer to these questions is equivocal. Each chapter is erudite and well
written. There is a great deal of information and much in the way of ideas. Each reader
will select parts of special interest to them and use the material and ideas as a starting
point to develop their own thoughts on the problem of ®sheries management. For this
reason, the conference conveners and book's editors have done an excellent job.
Half the battle in convincing decision makers to change their ways is to present ideas
to them attractively and with style. If a busy person has to work hard to extract
material from an article, then the battle to convert is half lost before it is begun. The
layout and style of this book is dull. The print is too small, there are too many pages
with almost solid print and the book is too much like a volume of a primary journal.
Given a choice of books on the same topic in a bookshop, I cannot imagine a potential
reader choosing this one over others. This is a pity because the content is of high
quality and worth studying.
PAUL J.B. HART
University of Leicester, UK
Patterns in Freshwater Fish Ecology
Chapman & Hall, New York etc., 1998
ISBN 0-412-02831-X, £35.00
Hard cover, acid-free paper, pp. xxii 756, 22 tables, 110 ®gures
Extensive list of references; taxonomic, locality and subject indexes
Those of us who experience the impoverished freshwater ®sh fauna of the UK look with
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