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Introduction: Historical Perspectives of Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific

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Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 12)

Abstract

Historical knowledge has an important role in addressing the problems facing marine capture fisheries today. The growing awareness of the value of historical perspectives underpinned the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) project, a 10-year global research collaboration concerned with the long-term interaction of humans and the marine environment. The chapters presented in this volume developed out of HMAP Asia, one of HMAP’s 12 regional case-studies, and a sub-project designed specifically to address a lack of knowledge about the history of fishing and the historic impact of human activity on marine environments in Asia and Oceania. At a time when overfishing and declining fish stocks remain pressing problems for marine scientists and fisheries managers, the task of establishing baselines that expose the full extent of ecological change is as important as ever; understanding the scale and extent of historic change is a necessary first step towards achieving sustainability in marine capture fisheries. Historical Perspectives of Fisheries Exploitation in the Indo-Pacific represents an important step in what we hope will be ongoing international research on the marine environmental history of Asian and Pacific seas.

Keywords

Asia fisheries history Oceania fisheries history Indo-Pacific fishing history HMAP Asia Marine environmental history 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asia Research CentreMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia
  2. 2.School of Management and GovernanceMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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