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Fish Population Dynamics, 2d ed.

Progress and Practices in Fisheries Management

Publication of a considerably revised and augmented second edition of "Fish Population Dynamics," edited by J. A. Gulland, has been announced by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158. This second edition is subtitled, "The implications for management."

Included is a new and good introductory chapter by T. D. Smith, "Stock assessment methods: The first fifty years," which, based primarily on English language literature, analyzes important developments in assessing the abundance of fish stocks. Additional chapters review the relationship between the type of stock assessment and the data required for it, the collection of fisheries assessment data, length-based methods of fish stock assessment, and some fisheries management implications of recruitment variability.

Subsequent chapters discuss the fisheries, stocks and recruitment, and management of particular species or species assemblages: Pacific salmon, North Atlantic cod, tropical penaeid prawns, marine mammals, small shoaling pelagic fish stocks, and multispecies fisheries of the Irish Sea. D. Pauly then discusses fisheries research and the demersal fisheries of Southeast Asia, K. J. Sainsbury reviews the ecological basis of multi-species fisheries and management of a demeresal fishery in tropical Australia, and editor Gulland concludes with an overview of the problems of population dynamics and contemporary fishery management.

Since the first edition of this book appeared about 10 years ago, there have been a number of changes in the field, both politically and scientifically. The new edition reflects such changes, emphasizing practical applications and presenting the experiences of management of the various fisheries. In the last chapter, Gulland notes the degree to which stock assessment scientists can and have provided information to managers, how such advice or information might be improved in the future, and he calls for the treatment of stock assessment as a well-integrated part of the management process. With author and subject indexes, the 422-page hardbound volume costs $49.95, and it remains a fine text/ reference on the topic.
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Date:Mar 22, 1989
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