about 2011syllabusour communityweb designgrading schemelinksnews
Links & Information

Class Lectures:

Paul Rago's lecture is here. Part 1, 2, and 3. Note that these are BIG files and take time to download.

There is an enormous amount of information available for you to gain a feel for the state of the fisheries. There are a number of excellent websites listed below as well as many books on the subject. One really great book that is short and easy to read is called "Cod" and each team will be asked to read it and discuss it during the first few three weeks of the semester.

Here is a list of books that I have assembled for the class--it is by no means exhaustive but contains classics like Rachael Carson's Silent Spring to Song for the Blue Ocean by Carl Safina.

  1. Carson, R. (reprinted 1990) Silent Spring. First Mariner Books

  2. Carson, R. (reprinted 2003) The Sea Around Us. Oxford University Press

  3. Carson, R. (reprinted 1998) The Edge of the Sea.Houghton Mifflin Company

  4. Safaina, C. (2006) Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur. Henry Holt and Company.

  5. Safina, C. (1997) Song for the Blue Ocean. Henry Holt and Company

  6. Pearce, F. (2007) With Speed and Violence: Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change. Beacon Press

  7. Kurlansky, M. (2003) Salt: A World History. Penguin Books

  8. Kurlansky, M. (2006) The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. Random House

  9. Woodward, C. (2000) Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas. Perseus Books Group

  10. Levin, S. (1999) Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons. Helix Books

  11. A Scientific American Reader: OCEANS. The University of Chicago Press

  12. Molyneaux, P. (2005) The Doryman’s Reflection: A Fisherman's Life. Thunder's Mouth Press

  13. Molyneauz, P. (2007) Swimming in Circles: Aquaculture and the End of Wild Oceans. Thunder’s Mouth Press

  14. Knecht, B.G. (2006) Hooked: Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish. Holtzbrinck Publishers

  15. Koslow, T. (2007) The Silent Deep: The Discovery, Ecology, and Conservation of the Deep Sea. The University of Chicago Press

  16. McPhee, J. (2002) The Founding Fish. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

  17. Field, J.G., Hempel, G., Summerhayes, C.P. (eds) (2002) Oceans 2020: Science,Trends, and the Challenge of Sustainability. Island Press

  18. Helvarg, D. (2001) Blue Frontier: Dispatches from America’s Ocean Wilderness.
    Sierra Club Books

  19. Sloan, S. (2003) Ocean Bankruptcy; World Fisheries on the Brink of Disaster. The Lyons Press

  20. Iudicello, S., Weber, M., Wieland, R., (1999) Fish, Markets, and Fisherman: The Economics of Overfishing. Island Press

  21. National Geographic, Special Report, Savings the Sea’s Bounty. April 2007

  22. Pauly, D. (2004) Darwin’s Fishes: An Encyclopedia of Ichthyology, Ecology, and Evolution. Cambridge University Press

  23. Pauly, D., Maclean J. (2003) In a Perfect Ocean: the state of the fisheries and ecosystems in the North Atlantic Ocean. Island Press

  24. Norse, E. A., Crowder, L. B., (editors). (2005) Maine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea’s Biodiversity. Island Press

  25. Glover, L.K., Earle, S.A. (editors) (2004) Defying Ocean’s End: An Agenda for Action. Island Press

  26. Dolin, E. J., (2007) Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America. W.W. Norton Company

  27. Estes, J.A., Demaster, D.P., Doak, D. F., Williams, T.M., Brownell, R. L. (editors). (2006) Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems. University of California Press

  28. Clover, C. (2006) The End of the Line.The New Press

  29. Sverdrup, K. A., Armbrust, E.V., (2008) An Introduction to the World’s Oceans. McGraw Hill

  30. Ellis, R. (2004) The Empty Ocean. Island Press/Shearwater Books

  31. Franklin, Burce, H. (2007) The Most Important FISH in the Sea. Island Press/Shearwater Books

  32. Issenberg, S. (2007) The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a
    Modern Delicacy.
    Gotham Books
  33. Fishing for answers: making sense of the global fish crisis
  34. World fisheries and aquaculture atlas
  35. Fisheries management: progress toward sustainability
  36. Fish catching methods of the world
  37. The Unnatural history of the sea
  38. Responsible fisheries in the marine ecosystem
  39. Fish Conservation: a guide to understanding and restoring global aquatic biodiversity and fishery resources
  40. National Research Council. Dynamic changes in marine ecosystems: fishing, food webs and future options
  41. Aquaculture: Principles and practices
  42. Fisheries ecosystem planning for Chesapeake Bay
  43. Luten, J.B. et al. Seafood research from fish to dish
  44. Island voices : fisheries and community survival in northern Norway
  45. Economics for fisheries management
  46. Bacterial fish pathogens:diseases of farmed and wild fish
On-Line Resources:
Science Consortium for Ocean Replenishment
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Ccience Center
Our Ocean Planet--Oceanography in the 21st century-An Online Textbook
FAO 2007 State of the World's Fisheries
Inter-Research Marine Ecology Progress Studies

PDF's Available here
In 2001, Jeremy Jackson and his colleagues wrote his landmark paper entitled:Historical overfishing and the recent collapse of Coastal Ecosystems.
Towards sustainability in world fisheries
United Nations State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2006 Report
The Sea Around Us
Fishing Down the Deep