Book — 1 online resource (xi, 378 pages,  pages of plates) : illustrations, maps Digital: text file; PDF.
Prologue : the historic ocean
Depleted European seas and the discovery of America
Plucking the low-hanging fruit
The sea serpent and the mackerel jig
Making the case for caution
Waves in a troubled sea
An avalanche of cheap fish
Epilogue : changes in the sea.
Since the Viking ascendancy in the Middle Ages, the Atlantic has shaped the lives of people who depend upon it for survival. And just as surely, people have shaped the Atlantic. In his innovative account of this interdependency, W. Jeffrey Bolster, a historian and professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world. While overfishing is often thought of as a contemporary problem, Bolster reveals that humans were transforming the sea long before factory trawlers turned fishing from a handliner's art into an industrial enterprise. The western Atlantic's legendary fishing banks, stretching from Cape Cod to Newfoundland, have attracted fishermen for more than five hundred years. Bolster follows the effects of this siren's song from its medieval European origins to the advent of industrialized fishing in American waters at the beginning of the twentieth century. Blending marine biology, ecological insight, and a remarkable cast of characters, from notable explorers to scientists to an army of unknown fishermen, Bolster tells a story that is both ecological and human: the prelude to an environmental disaster. Over generations, harvesters created a quiet catastrophe as the sea could no longer renew itself. Bolster writes in the hope that the intimate relationship humans have long had with the ocean, and the species that live within it, can be restored for future generations. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Since the time of the Vikings, the Atlantic has shaped the lives of people who depend on it for survival, and people have shaped the Atlantic. In his account of this interdependency, Bolster, a historian and professional seafarer, takes us through a millennium-long environmental history of our impact on one of the largest ecosystems in the world. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (vii, 128 pages) : maps, illustrations Digital: data file.
1 Front Matter--
2 Executive Summary--
4 General Review of Northeast Groundfish Stock Assessments--
5 Review of Details of Northeast Groundfish Stock Assessments--
6 Science and Management--
10 A. Mandate from Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Management Act--
11 B. Committee Biographies--
12 C. Materials Received from National Marine Fisheries Service--
13 D. Presentation to the Committee by NMFS Scientists--
14 E. Glossary--
15 F. Extending Data Series and Alternative Projection Results for Gulf of Maine Cod.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
The collapse of cod, flounder, and haddock fish stocks in the Northeast United States has caused widespread concern among managers and fishers in the United States and Canada. The diminishing stocks have forced managers to take strict regulatory measures. Numerous questions have been raised about the adequacy of stock assessment science used to evaluate the status of these stocks and the appropriateness of the management measures taken. Based on these concerns, Congress mandated that a scientific review of the methodology and data used to evaluate these stocks be conducted. In this volume, the committee concludes that although there are improvements to be made in data collection, modeling uncertainty, and communicating between fishers, managers, and scientists, the scientific methods used in the Northeast stock assessments are sound. Recommendations are made on how the stock assessment process can be improved. (source: Nielsen Book Data)