Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 7, 365±370 (1997) Points of view The trouble with ®sheries science! GE OR GE A. RO SE Chair of Fisheries Conservation, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, NF, Canada A1C 5R3. E-mail: email@example.com Marine ®sheries management has passed through turbulent times in the past decade (Royce, 1996). Management has been unable to sustain ®sheries and curb population declines in commercial species in many jurisdictions (Hannesson, 1996). Although management dif®culties often stem from unrealistic visions of `managing' marine resources in dynamic ocean systems, with biological goals compromised by political, economic and social considerations, the failure of ®sheries science and scienti®c institutions to provide adequate stock information upon which to base management must be acknowledged (Finlayson, 1994; Walters and Maguire, 1996). Several recent publications examined ®sheries science problems (Parsons and Seki, 1995; Parsons, 1996; Ulltang, 1996; Walters and Maguire, 1996). In general, these authors suggest that in past decades, ®sheries science has lost touch with the realities of ®sheries, management and ocean ecosystem dynamics. Much of this can be attributed to an obsession with quantitative methods, which relegated these realities, and ecological science, to the back burner, and spawned unwarranted faith
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