Fisheries Management and Maximum Sustainable Yield; Part 2

In various countries’ fisheries management laws and in international treaties, their formal management goal often refers to the concept of “maximum sustainable yield.” These laws and agreements govern how fisheries are (supposed to be) managed. So I thought it would be good to visit the question of what is maximum sustainable yield or MSY. “Maximum […]

Fisheries Management and Maximum Sustainable Yield – Part 1; A 3-Part Primer

The history of the question of limits might be expressed in three dominant historical themes: 1), that, after consideration, the world appears limitless (“It must be that nature has made all things specifically for the sake of man,” said Aristotle), 2) that the world appears limited, prompting the question of “How much can we take?,” […]

Tutorial: A Brief History of Fishing Part 2

Recreational charter

Part 2: Finding Hope? To continue making money, fisheries should be careful not to deplete the fish. But they tend to do the opposite, pursuing short-term gain in a race to the fish, driving many fish populations to all-time lows. Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Duke University, Stanford University, University of British Columbia, […]

Tutorial: A Brief History of Fishing—With A Splash of Hope

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Part I: Fishing Down In 1631 England’s King Charles I may have been the first person to ban a new fishing gear, writing: “The former abundance of fish is turned into such scarcitie and deareness, that… our citie of London, and even our owne Court, are many times unprovided for their necessary dyet…therefore…the nets heretofore […]

Tutorial: Science—A Moral Pursuit

Science is essentially the systematic pursuit of what is real in nature. Science is a method of inquiry. It asks, what is here?; then it seeks to answer questions of why and how. Science aims to be objective. Two scientists who hold opposite hypotheses, give money to opposing political parties, and are of different faiths […]