Most commentators argue that the solution to the problems faced by the worlds fisheries is more government intervention. But the fact is that government intervention by and large caused the problem in the first place. More often than not catch levels are set and enforced by government officials who have no direct interest in ensuring the sustainability of the oceansâ€™ resources. The author is particularly critical of the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which â€˜neatly condenses just about everything that is wrong with government management of the fisheriesâ€™.
The book concludes that the prognosis for the worldâ€™s fisheries is not as gloomy as many commentators have made out but nor is it as rosy as some pretend. Most likely, fisheries management will gradually evolve towards more sustainable practices. This will happen quickly if policy makers follow the precepts laid out in this publication.
1998, Studies in the Environment No. 11, ISBN 978 0 255 36444 7, 88pp, PB