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  • Schultz, Ken (1999). Fishing Encyclopedia: Worldwide Angling Guide. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0028620577. 
  • Gabriel, Otto; Andres von Brandt (2005). Fish Catching Methods of the World. Blackwell. ISBN 0852382804. 
  • Sahrhage, Dietrich; Johannes Lundbeck (1992). A History of Fishing. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0387553320. 
  • Schultz, Ken (1999). Fishing Encyclopedia: Worldwide Angling Guide. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0028620577. 
  • Gabriel, Otto; Andres von Brandt (2005). Fish Catching Methods of the World. Blackwell. ISBN 0852382804. 
Fly fishing
  • Berenbaum, May R. (1995). Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs. Perseus Publishing. pp. 264–268. 
  • Hughes, Dave (1995). Wet Flies: Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackles, Winged and Wingless Wets, and Fuzzy Nymphs. Stackpole Books. 
  • Radcliffe, William (1974). Fishing from the Earliest Times. Ares Publishers, Inc. 
  • Ulnitz, Steve et al., (1998). The Complete Book of Flyfishing. Stoeger Publishing. 
  • Schullery, Paul (1999). Royal Coachman-The Lore and Legends of Fly-Fishing. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0684842467. 
  • Schullery, Paul (1996). American Fly Fishing-A History. Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press. 
  • Rosenbauer, Tom (2007). The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide. Connecticut: The Lyons Press. ISBN 978-1-59228-818-2. 
  • Dietsch, John; Garyy Hubbell (1999). Shadow Casting An Introduction To The Art Of FlyFishing. Clinetop Press. 
Fishing industry
  • Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Aquaponics—Integrating Fish and Plant Culture - James E. Rakocy, Michael P. Masser and Thomas M. Losordo - Southern Regional Aquaculture Center Publication #454 -
  • Aquaponics—Integration of Hydroponics with Aquaculture - By Steve Diver NCAT Agriculture

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Environmental effects
  • Castro, P. and M. Huber. (2003). Marine Biology. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.
  • Hampton, J., Sibert, J. R., Kleiber, P., Maunder, M. N., and Harley, S. J. 2005. Changes in abundance of large pelagic predators in the Pacific Ocean. Nature, 434: E2-E3.
  • Maunder, M.N., Sibert, J.R. Fonteneau, A., Hampton, J., Kleiber, P., and Harley, S. 2006. Interpreting catch-per-unit-of-effort data to asses the status of individual stocks and communities. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 63: 1373-1385.
  • Myers, Ransom and Boris Worm. (May 15, 2003). "Rapid worldwide depletion of predatory fish communities," Nature, Vol 423. London: Nature Publishing.
  • Polacheck, T. 2006. "Tuna longline catch rates in the Indian Ocean: did industrial fishing result in a 90% rapid decline in the abundance of large predatory species?" Marine Policy, 30: 470-482.
  • FAO Fisheries Department. (2002). The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • Sibert, et al. 2006. Biomass, Size, and Trophic Status of Top Predators in the Pacific Ocean Science 314: 1773
  • Walters, C. J. 2003. Folly and fantasy in the analysis of spatial catch rate data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 60: 1433-1436.
  • Clover, Charles. 2004. The End of the Line: How overfishing is changing the world and what we eat. Ebury Press, London. ISBN 0-09-189780-7
  • Kurlansky, Mark. (1997). Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. New York: Walker. ISBN 0-8027-1326-2.
  • Loder, Natasha. 2005. Point of No Return. Conservation in Practice 6(3):28-34. On overfishing as an evolutionary force and the "Darwinian debt" for future generations.
  • Gordon, H. S. 1953. An Economic Approach to the optimum utilization of Fishery Resources, Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 10(7), 442-57.
  • Gordon, H.S. 1954. The Economic Theory of a Common-Property Resource: The Fishery, Journal of the Political Economy, 62, 124-42.
  • Kirkley, J.E. and Squires, D. 1999. Capacity and Capacity Utilization in Fishing Industries, Discussion paper 99-16, Department of Economics, University of California, San Diego.
  • Vestergaard, N., Squires, D. and Kirkley, J.E. 2003. Measuring Capacity and Capacity Utilization in Fisheries. The Case of the Danish Gillnet Fleet, Fisheries Research, 60(2-3), 357-68.
  • Gordon, H.S. 1954 The Economic Theory of a Common Property Resource: The Fishery. Journal of Political Economy 62(2):124-42
  • Alverson D L, Freeberg M K, Murawski S A and Pope J G. (1994). A global assessment of fisheries bycatch and discards. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No 339 Rome.
  • Hall M A (1996) On bycatches. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries vol. 6 (3) pp 319 - 352 (1996)
  • OECD (1997) Towards sustainable fisheries: economic aspects of the management of living marine resources. OECD Paris.
External links

Bedtime Reading on Fishing
  • Asia Rip: George Foy. A murder mystery set in the commercial fishery of southern New England.
  • Blue Fin: Colin Thiele 1969. Adolescents in South Australia in the days of pole and lining bluefin for the cannery.
  • Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn, a Novel: Paul Watkins 1996. Scallop trawler.
  • Captains Courageous: Rudyard Kipling. A classic novel of the Grand Banks cod fishery in the days of wooden ships and iron men.
  • Coastliners; a novel: Joanne Harris 2002. Set in coastal France, it's a saga about an island community suffering from erosion (and fisheries decline, etc.), painfully coming together to deal with its problems--- including building a tire reef
  • Far Tortuga: Peter Matthiessen 1975. Turtles rather than fin fish but it captures season, weather, sea conditions, boats and seafarers in a way few manage.
  • Fishboy: A Ghost's Story: Mark Richard 1993. Fiction written after 3 years crewing on trawler out of Virginia Beach. Maybe not so much about fishing as what it does to the mind.
  • Fishermen's Son (The): Michael Koepf 1998. Koepf worked for 19 years as a fisherman.
  • Gaff Topsails: Patrick Kavanagh, : Ann Shriver: [This] is the best novel of any sort I have read in a long time. It's about a Newfoundland outport, starting with the geological formation of the island through a series of vignettes from colonization and into the 20th century. It's beautiful and sweeping, and a little Faulkneresque. A great read.
  • Hunter and the Whale (The): Laurens Van der Post. A young Boer hunter ships out with a multi-cultural crew on a whaling vessel from South Africa in pursuit of sperm and blue whales in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Manik Bandopadhyaya, Padma River Boatman: Barbara Painter and Yam Lovelock (original 1948, translation 1973). The boatmen, fishermen etc of a river community in Bangladesh.
  • Old Man and the Sea (The): Ernest Hemingway
  • Oystercatcher: Greg Billington 2003. Greg was an inshore fisherman then worked for the New Zealand Fishing Industry Board.
  • Polar Star: Martin Cruz Smith. A murder mystery set on a Soviet factory trawler working a joint venture with US catcher vessels in the Bering Sea.
  • Royce, Royce, the People's Choice; the story of a young man and the sea: Peter Hawes 2002. The author grew up in Westport (the setting) on the West Coat of the South Island (NZ). Its an account of the first (alleged) bluefin caught by a New Zealander and tracks its shipment to Tsukiji Market Tokyo.
  • Silver Darlings (The): Neil M. Gunn 1941. "herring fishers of the wild Scottish coast".
  • Spartina: John Casey
  • Stern Men: It's about life on two Maine islands and the lobstermen who live (and fight!) there. Not flattering, but so realistic that the author must have lived the life.
  • Three Fevers: Leo Walmsley 1932. The story of North-East coast (UK) inshore fishermen.
  • Trawl: B.S. Johnson 1968. "a stranger on a fishing trawler burrows through the corridors of his mind, recreating the past, trying to discover the reason for eternal solitude".
  • Against the Tide, the Fate of the New England Fishermen: Richard Adams Carey
  • Alaska Blues: A beautifully written memoir of a Seattle couple's annual trip to SE Alaska in their gill-netter. They fished the late summer and fall salmon runs in the Lynne Canal. Don't let the benign name fool you - the Canal can be one of the nastiest bits of water in Alaska.
  • An Iceland Fisherman: Pierre Loti (1886). Beautiful Swimmers: William W. Warner. Ecology and commerce of the blue crab fishery in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Book of the Cranberry Islands: Richard Grossinger 1974 (and subsequent volumes). The journal of an observer of lobster fishermen.
  • The Bottom of the Harbor: Joseph Mitchell 1959. This is an anthology of essays Mitchell originally published in the New Yorker in the 40s and 50s. Most have to do with the NYC waterfront-- the Fulton Fish Market, oyster fishermen in Staten Island-- and some go a little further afield: dragger fishermen for flounder in Stonington, CT, and shad fishermen on the Hudson River.
  • Buried Dreams: The Rise and Fall of a Clam Cannery on the Katmai Coast.: Katherine Johnson. free from the Lake Clark/Katmai National Park and Preserve, 4230 University Drive, Suite 311, Anchorage, Alaska 99508
  • Captiva: Randy Wayne White. Regarding the commercial net ban controversy in the state of Florida.
  • Cod: A Biography of a Fish that Changed the World: Mark Kurlansky
  • Crisis in the World's Fisheries: J.Russ McGoodwin 1990.. A critical overview of world's fisheries, their management problems, the science employed, fishing people and their cultures (Icelandic captain: "if you want to fish cod, you must think like cod"). Simply a classic; well-written, easy to read, and a great eye-opener.
  • Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlantic Fishermen: William W. Warner. The story of the last years of the factory trawler fleets in the North Atlantic prior to the extension of the EEZ to 200 miles.
  • The Driftermen: David Butcher. Describes the bygone herring driftnet fishery of East Anglia, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth
  • Entanglements: The Intertwined Fates of Whales and Fishermen: Tora Johnson, ISBN: 0-8130-2797-7, Publisher: University Press of Florida. Centuries of whale-human interaction have led to the crisis explored in this book about the battle between conservation, tradition, and economics in the waters of North America's eastern seaboard. Entanglements explores the clash of cultures and personalities among fishermen, scientists, and whale advocates struggling to save both the endangered North Atlantic right whale and the livelihoods of thousands of Atlantic coastal families. Visit for more information and to see reviews of the book.
  • First of the Flood: Fred Normandale
  • Fishermen of Fiordland: Paul Powell 1976. Lobster fishing in the sounds in the southwest corner of NZ's South Island.
  • Fishermen: The Sociology of an Extreme Occupation (The): Jeremy Tunstall 1962. The book deals with the distant water trawl fishery from Hull and has a detailed description of community life of the fishermen's wives and families.
  • Fishing for a Living: Alan Haig-Brown, "Fishing for a Living" is a somewhat odd assembly of essays, true stories, interviews, anecdotes, short family sagas, and technical description of boats. However, it makes a lot of sense, and after reading it one feels strangely at home with the BC fishing community and the associated industries.
  • Fishing for Truth: A Sociological Analysis of Northern Cod Stock Assessments from 1977 to 1990: Alan Christopher Finlayson 1994
  • Fishing With John: Edith Iglauer
  • Follow the Whale: Ivan T. Sanderson (1956). The history of whaling from prehistoric times to 1950.
  • Going Fishing: Wesley George Pierce
  • Great Lobster Chase: The Real Story of Maine Lobsters and the Men Who Catch Them (The): Mike Brown. Hedin Bru.
  • The Old Man and his Sons.: Paul S. Eriksson. 1970. "The skillfully told story of a handful of people, living their sea-washed, daring and difficult lives on these remote islands, vibrates with a spirit, almost at times a savagery, that recalls the ancient Norsemen and Viking sagas. Yet this is the story of modern times...A pearl of glistening humour..."
  • Hungry Ocean, The: Linda Greenla
  • Hunters, Seamen and Entrepreneurs: The Tuna Seinermen of San Diego: Michael K. Orbach 1977
  • In the Slick of the Cricket: Russell Drumm 1998
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex: Nathaniel Philbrick 2001 (Penguin Reissue Edition)
  • Islandman (The): Tomas O Crohan (Thomas O Criomthain). An astonishing book on life in the Blasket Islands, Ireland
  • It’s All Politics: South Alabama's Seafood Industry: E. Paul Durrenberger 1992
  • Kon Tiki: Thor Heyerdahl
  • Lament for an Ocean: Michael Harris
  • Last Cod Fish: Life and Death of the Newfoundland Way of Life, The: Pol Chantraine
  • Le Crabe tambour: Pierre Schoendorfer 1976. Gives a picture of fish inspection off St Pierre & Miquelon.
  • Lobster Chronicles (The): Linda Greenlaw.
  • Log from the “Sea of Cortez”: John Steinbeck
  • Lost at Sea, An American Tragedy: Patrick Dillion. I was very interested by the technical aspects of the modifications of the vessels and the stability issues which arise.
  • Lovely she Goes - a Story of Arctic Trawling: Michael Joseph 1969. It's a raw description by journalist William Mitford of life aboard the 'Arctic Fox', fishing for cod in the '60's out of Grimsby, UK.
  • Men's Lives - The Surfmen and Baymen of the South Fork: Peter Matthiessen 1985
  • On Whales and Men: R.B. Robertson 1956 & 1961. A most vivid and exciting story written by a ship's doctor on board a whale mothership, about his 8-month long encounter with extraordinary people and the whales they were hunting. High seas fishermen (and their wives) would find in this book many features familiar to them.
  • Oyster: from Montparnasse to Greenwell Point: Nicolette Strasko 2000 Oyster cultivation in Australia, biology, history, mythology, etc.
  • Pacific Troller: Life on the Northwest Fishing Grounds, Alaska Northwest: Francis E. Caldwell 1982
  • Pecheurs d'Islande: Pierre Loti
  • The Perfect Storm: Sebastian Junger
  • Port O'Call: Memories of the Portuguese White Fleet in St. John's,Newfoundland: Priscilla Doel.
  • Power Begins at the Codend, Social and Economic Studies, No.261980.: David MacDonald
  • The Raft Fishermen (in Brazil approximate title): Shepard Forman. An anthropologist's account of his life and study in a northern Brazilian fishing village and of what makes jangada fishermen and their families tick. A social scientist's follow up, sort of, to Gorge Amado's "The Sea of Death".
  • Sea Around Us (The): Rachel Carson
  • Sea Fishing for Pleasure and Profit: R.C. O' Farrell. A description of coastal fishery in Wales. Sea of Slaughter: Farley Mowat
  • A Sea of Small Boats, Cultural Survival Report 26: John Cordell (Ed) 1989 Artesinal fisheries
  • Social England Illustrated: A Collection of XVIIth Century Tracts: Andrew Lang. Contains an argument for the building of commercial fishing boats entitled. "England's Way to Win Wealth, and to employ Ships and Mariners"; by Tobias Gentleman, Fifherman [sic] and Mariner. He costs the operation right down to the non-Furuno penant to tell which way the wind is blowing. He also gives good descriptions of the fishing technologies and of the English fishing ports at that time.
  • Terranova: The Ethos and Luck of Deep-Sea Fishermen: Joseba Zulaika 1981
  • Texas Shrimpers: Community, Capitalism and the Sea: Robert Lee Maril 1983
  • Trawler: a journey through the North Atlantic: Redmond O'Hanlon. An English naturalist, traveller and writer (the author) going off for a trip with an Orkney deep-sea trawler in some v. bad weather.
  • Vanishing species- saving the fish, sacrificing the fishermen: Susan Playfair
  • Wake of the Great Sealers: Farley Mowat. The harrowing story of the seal hunt on the spring ice off Labrador and Newfoundland during its heyday in the early 1900s. Dramatically illustrated by David Blackwood.
  • Words of the Lagoon: Fishing and Marine Lore in the Palau District of Micronesia: R.E. Johannes
  • World Fisheries - what is to be done?: Fridman, A. 1998. A book, which apart from his views on the management of world fisheries, contains an array of amazing stories and recollections from his work in the fishing fleet and research centres of the Soviet Union, and in particular of the various people he met and worked with during his long career all over the world. The book is an easy-to-read mix of fishery science, fisheries management, and more than those, of reflections on people, problems, and what not. Richly illustrated, it enables the readers to fit photographed faces to many of the people Fridman wrote about, from Hemingway to Puretic, and from a Chinese sage from the 5th century BC, Fan-Li, to the Norse god Loki, who turned himself.
  • Arthur C. Clarke, The Deep Range and The Ghost From The Grand Banks
  • James Connelly in the first decades of the 20th century....
  • William MacFarland...
  • Peter Matthiessen, Edgar Watson novel trilogy (Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone). These are not about fishing or fishermen, but do feature some fisher folk and are set in the Ten Thousand Islands area of southwest Florida (a series of mangrove islands just west of what's now Everglades Nat'l Park). The books give a good feel for what life was like for the white settlers (or invaders if you prefer) of that region during the early twentieth century, many of whom were fishermen and gator- and bird-hunters...
  • Four Men on a Raft. in Orson Welles "Its all True" a series of 4 documentary films he made in South America about 1942. Four Men on a Raft was stunning! B&W. Artesinal fishermen off the coast of northern Brazil use balsa rafts made of 4 or 5 logs with a large sail to go fishing. Larger scale fishers were moving in and taking over the livelihoods of one fishing village. They decided to sail a raft to Santiago the capital some 1,600 miles down the coast. It took them 61 days and they arrived a month or so before Wells arrived in the same city. They were heroes. He was impressed. He'd arrived to make another film but when funding was cut he went to the village to film the story of that expedition with limited funds, limited gear and very small crew. What he produced was thrilling - classic!
  • In Fading Light, 1989. Running time: 103 mins, Colour, Optical, Available. in: 16 mm VHS Tape. Silver Medal, New York (90). Silver Anchor, Toulon (91). [2] It includes the poem: "In fading light they homeward came windy dispossessed and ravaged and all the lovely ocean sighed in grief for darkness drove the world but some calamity drove the men".
  • Tuna Cowboys. Nick Pluker has one of the most dangerous jobs in the world; he is a wild sea-going cowboy who each year heads out into the perilous Southern Ocean to round up his herd - Southern bluefin tuna. The challenge is to muster the fish, defend the lucrative catch from sharks - eager for a taste of the valuable stock - and return safely to the tuna farm on the coast with every single fish alive and unscathed. For the first time ever the drama of one of these treacherous musters is captured on camera. Tuna Cowboys ventures 250 miles out to sea to witness the action-packed muster and the fearless wrangles as the cowboys take on the sharks while slowly making their way home. 1 x 1hr (Commission for National Geographic US and National Geographic International) ill seems to be shown from time to time, so if people keep an eye on NG programming they can catch it.