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Fish Ecology, Evolution, and ExploitationA New Theoretical Synthesis$
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Ken H. Andersen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691192956

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691192956.001.0001

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Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory

Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory

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(p.1) Chapter One Nothing as Practical as a Good Theory
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Fish Ecology, Evolution, and Exploitation
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Ken H. Andersen

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691192956.003.0001

This chapter provides some context on the overall themes and theory of this volume. Throughout, the theory is applied to relevant problems in fisheries science: impact of fishing on demography, fisheries reference points, evolutionary impact assessments, stock recovery, ecosystem-based fisheries management, and so on, as well as to basic ecological and evolutionary questions. The chapter begins by addressing the motivations for a new theory of fish stocks and fish communities. It also considers what problems such a theory should address and how such a theory can be formulated. From here, the chapter discusses what makes a good theory and the peculiar challenges fish ecology represents.

Keywords:   fisheries, fish ecology, fishing, fisheries management, fish communities, fish stocks, mathematical theory

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