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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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Sustainable Use of Wild Marine Living Resources: Notion or Myth?

Sustainable Use of Wild Marine Living Resources: Notion or Myth?

(p.185) 12 Sustainable Use of Wild Marine Living Resources: Notion or Myth?
Foundations of Environmental Sustainability

Sidney J. Holt

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the idea that extractive use of “renewable” living resources can be sustained by imposing simple management measures. It reviews the history of the analyses and models developed to describe the reproductive behavior of marine living resources in relation to exploitation. Many of these were deterministic models and they led to the development of the concept of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), an approach to fisheries management that is still dominant although it has been discredited scientifically for many years. The question of sustainability is addressed and problems of the current approaches to multispecies management and ecosystem management are discussed.

Keywords:   renewable resources, marine resources, maximum sustainable yield, fisheries management, sustainability

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