Ocean Bankruptcy

Ocean Bankruptcy : World Fisheries on the Brink of Disaster

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A discussion of the games that nations and organizations play in order to exploit the ocean's migratory fishery resources in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Mediterranean waters. It examines the attitudes and actions of different countries, fishermen and consumers, all lobbying for greater allocations for themselves while the supply is being rapidly depleted. Stephen Sloan weaves together his theory that the oceans are being depleted three times faster than is reported by scientists. He uses simple formulas and addresses what the numbers mean in a biological ecological sense, and whether they match up with those found in statistical reports. The work seeks to offer a fresh look into world conservation. The author tells this story through accounts of international meetings of government delegations, lobbyists, special interest groups, and nongovernmental environmental organizations, along with other fisheries groups. He utilises non-scientific jargon that can be understood by the large number of people who are concerned about the health of our oceans, and ultimately, the health of our planet.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 1585747947
  • 9781585747948
  • 1,836,597

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This breakthrough book describes the games that nations and organizations play in order to exploit the ocean's migratory fishery resources in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean waters. It examines the attitudes and actions of different countries, fishermen, and consumers, all lobbying for greater allocations for themselves while the supply of fish is being rapidly depleted. Stephen Sloan weaves together his provable theory that the oceans are being depleted three times faster than is reported by scientists. He uses simple formulas and addresses what the numbers mean in a biological/ecological sense, and whether they match up with those found in statistical reports. Ocean Bankruptcy offers a fresh look at the world of fisheries conservation. The author tells this unique story through accounts of international meetings of government delegations, lobbyists, special-interest groups, and nongovernmental environmental organizations. The book utilizes nonscientific jargon that will appeal to the large number of people who are concerned about the health of our oceans, and ultimately, the health of our planet.show more

About Stephen Sloan

Stephen Sloan is the editor of Fly Fishing Is Spoken Here. He is the founder of "The Fishing Zone" radio show, as well as "The Fishing Line" radio and television shows. Currently he is chairman of The Fisheries Defense Fund and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami. He lives in New York City.show more

Review quote

"Sloan's re-formatting of what is essentially deadly committee-report content into a compelling conservation brief is accomplished journalism in itself. His argument and even its failures are accessible to an interested lay audience as well as to the choir of sportfishing conservation interests opposing commercial overfishing."--"Publishers Weekly "show more

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