Although the United States and other affluent nations havemore than an adequate food supply, other nations daily facethe specter of starvation. The world now has a critical population/food dilemma of potentially major proportions. Production fromthe sea and the land is not keeping pace with a world populationthat is doubling every thirty-five years. Unless this age-oldMalthusian problem is solved, millions face starvation and ultimatelydeath.The situation has stimulated substantial international interestin the sea as a source of food and raw materials. The potentialof the sea-not as a panacea, but as an important source of proteinto augment the world's food supplies and thereby as a meansof mitigating the crises we face-is a continuing theme throughoutthis book. At present, fish provide approximately 9 percentof the world's protein. Fish are sought not only for food butalso for recreation and pleasure. What forces determine the presentsupply and demand for fishery products? More important,what steps are needed to utilize the full potential of the sea asa source of food and recreation? This book explores these forcesand thus provides an insight into food potential from the sea.
List of Figures -- List of Tables -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Trends in World Fisheries -- 2. The Food Crisis: The Demand for Fishery Products -- 3. The Resource Crisis: The Supply of Fishery Products -- 4. Why Manage the Fisheries? -- 5. Environmental Deterioration and Fishery Resources -- 6. Fisheries for Recreation Use: The Sleeping Giant -- 7. Aquaculture: A Food Panacea? -- 8. Underutilized Fishery Resources -- 9. The Economic Plight of the Fishing Firm and Industry -- 10. The Role of Government in the Fisheries -- Appendix -- Study Questions -- Index.