Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 285–286 | Cite as

Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez and Bo Poulsen (eds): Perspectives on oceans past: a handbook of marine environmental history

  • Rachel Kelly
  • Richard S. Cottrell
  • Mary Mackay
  • Yannick Rousseau
Book review

No marine area is unaffected by human influence (Halpern et al. 2008) nonetheless editors Kathleen Schwerdtner Máñez and Bo Poulsen highlight in their recent book how very limited our understanding of the ocean and our long-established interaction with the marine realm is: ‘The interaction of humans with the sea is a long story, of which not all has been told’.

The book is a review and appraisal of a variety of methods and techniques that have been used to evaluate historical human interaction with the marine realm, exploring approaches for investigation across multiple disciplines. Discussions in this interdisciplinary book traverse archaeology, human archives, oral accounts, gender perspectives, and ecological models and indicators as important tools for understanding long-term human interactions and impacts on marine systems. Each chapter has been contributed by different authors, who comprise a group of global scholars representing a wide set of disciplines and educated interest....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Marine SocioecologyUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Marine and Antarctic StudiesHobartAustralia
  3. 3.Tasmanian School of Business and EconomicsUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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