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Aquaculture Management.

HOW TO MANAGE A FISH FARM

Publication of the AVI book "Aquaculture Management" by James W. Meade has been announced by Van Nostrand Reinhold, 115 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Compared with some other nations, the author notes that aquaculture opportunities in the United States still have great potential. Not a fish-culture manual, this new book is actually a handbook for the manager of a fish farm that gives guidance for the physical, biological, and human resources utilized by or impinging upon fish farms. Indeed, it includes an interesting chapter on business, government, and environmental ethics, discussing, among other items, whether fish have rights. In addition, professionalism and legislated ethics are reviewed for public domain resource managers.

The book is divided into two basic parts, with part one providing an overview of such topics as the principles of fresh and salt water fish culture systems, principles of culture systems management, approaches to using and managing human resources, aspects of marketing, fish life cycles and production strategies, water and health management, and ethics.

Part two then delves into quantitative approaches, such as production economics, necessary records for managerial analyses, production system limits, and production capacity assessment. Other chapters review decision-making tools and their use, and computer assisted decision support systems. Appendices provide specialized information on attributes and expectations for aquaculture system managers, suggested steps for learning to understand or "read" people, examples of enterprise budgets, cash flow, and credit repayment schedules; life-cycle costing, a sample calculation to determine how many fish can be reared in a tank getting 5 gallons per minute of water, and sample problems on production capacity assessment (PCA).

The author is section leader for fish culture and bioengineering research at the FWS National Fishery Research and Development Laboratory in Wellsboro, Penn. The book is a good, up-to-date handbook with sound information on business and people management, and it covers problems ranging from site selection through planning, production, water quality management, worker relations, aquatic health management, marketing, and much more. In addition, many selected references are listed for each chapter to guide managers to more specific information. Indexed, the 175 page hardbound book is sold for $49.95.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
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Date:Mar 22, 1989
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