Fisheries research has evolved over centuries. Its initial focus was on the identification of different species and their arrangement into systematic taxonomies. Later emphasis was on the ecology of the target species, their biomass and distribution, their behaviour, and the environment in which they lived. The focus of the research has further evolved as the aims of management moved from the maximisation of sustainable production, through sustainable economic benefits, to a balance of social, economic and environmental goals.
The main focus of this book is the economic aspect of fisheries research. It is enriched with experiences in developing countries because this is where much of the innovative work in fisheries research is being carried out. It looks at the options available for expanding cost effective fisheries research methods. The contents of the book will be highly valuable to all those interested in fishery science.