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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

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

Ken H. Andersen

Princeton University Press

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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