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Book Review: Stock enhancement and sea ranching: developments, pitfalls and opportunities

Book Review: Stock enhancement and sea ranching: developments, pitfalls and opportunities BOOK REVIEW Stock enhancement and sea ranching: developments, pitfalls and opportunities Edited by K.M. Leber, S. Kitada, H.L. Blankenship and T. Svasand ˚ (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2004 x/562pp; £99.50stg hardback) ISBN 1-405-11119-4 Quickly following on from the first edition, published in 1999, this book consists of a large selection of peer-reviewed and carefully edited papers from the 2nd International Symposium in Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching, which was held in Kobe, Japan, in 2002. Although sea ranching has primarily been used as an important fisheries management tool to maintain and rebuild fisheries depleted due to overfishing, the principles can also be applied to freshwater fisheries and conservation. The book is divided into eleven sections consisting of forty chapters in total. The first section gives an overview of stock enhancement and sea ranching in Norway and the USA (two of the main countries that use these techniques successfully) but attention is also focused on how ranching can be used in developing countries. Many of the concerns expressed about ranching include the threat to native biodiversity through disease introductions, increased competition or genetic mixing, or through reductions of resources needed for habitat restoration. Such concerns are adequately dealt with in the book with chapters on how ranching can be used as part of an integrated coastal zone management program and special sections dealing with health management, ecological interactions between wild and released fish, and genetic management of both hatchery and wild stocks. In order for a restocking program to be successful, the released fish must be able to survive in the wild. Hence chapters dealing with release strategies for various fish species proved a very interesting read. Other sections include seed quality, methods on evaluating stocking effectiveness, management of stocked populations and socio-economics of stock enhancement. A particularly nice aspect of the book is the inclusion of seven case studies dealing with a variety of fish species such as Pacific threadfin and barramundi, but also invertebrate species such as abalone, sea urchin and lobsters. Overall the book provides a detailed overview of the state of stocking and sea ranching to date and deals with many of the issues relevant to those who wish to set-up re-stocking programs through a wide variety of examples detailing the reasons for their success or failure. Hence the book should prove useful to teachers, researchers, fisheries managers and conservationists alike. Dr Neil Ruane, Aquaculture Development Centre, University College Cork, Cooperage Building, North Mall, Cork. BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, VOL. 104B, NO. 3, 115 (2004). ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Royal Irish Academy

Book Review: Stock enhancement and sea ranching: developments, pitfalls and opportunities

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Royal Irish Academy
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Copyright © 2004 RIA
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0791-7945
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2009-003X
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10.3318/BIOE.2004.104.3.115
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BOOK REVIEW Stock enhancement and sea ranching: developments, pitfalls and opportunities Edited by K.M. Leber, S. Kitada, H.L. Blankenship and T. Svasand ˚ (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing 2004 x/562pp; £99.50stg hardback) ISBN 1-405-11119-4 Quickly following on from the first edition, published in 1999, this book consists of a large selection of peer-reviewed and carefully edited papers from the 2nd International Symposium in Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching, which was held in Kobe, Japan, in 2002. Although sea ranching has primarily been used as an important fisheries management tool to maintain and rebuild fisheries depleted due to overfishing, the principles can also be applied to freshwater fisheries and conservation. The book is divided into eleven sections consisting of forty chapters in total. The first section gives an overview of stock enhancement and sea ranching in Norway and the USA (two of the main countries that use these techniques successfully) but attention is also focused on how ranching can be used in developing countries. Many of the concerns expressed about ranching include the threat to native biodiversity through disease introductions, increased competition or genetic mixing, or through reductions of resources needed for habitat restoration. Such concerns are adequately dealt with in the book with chapters on how ranching can be used as part of an integrated coastal zone management program and special sections dealing with health management, ecological interactions between wild and released fish, and genetic management of both hatchery and wild stocks. In order for a restocking program to be successful, the released fish must be able to survive in the wild. Hence chapters dealing with release strategies for various fish species proved a very interesting read. Other sections include seed quality, methods on evaluating stocking effectiveness, management of stocked populations and socio-economics of stock enhancement. A particularly nice aspect of the book is the inclusion of seven case studies dealing with a variety of fish species such as Pacific threadfin and barramundi, but also invertebrate species such as abalone, sea urchin and lobsters. Overall the book provides a detailed overview of the state of stocking and sea ranching to date and deals with many of the issues relevant to those who wish to set-up re-stocking programs through a wide variety of examples detailing the reasons for their success or failure. Hence the book should prove useful to teachers, researchers, fisheries managers and conservationists alike. Dr Neil Ruane, Aquaculture Development Centre, University College Cork, Cooperage Building, North Mall, Cork. BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY, VOL. 104B, NO. 3, 115 (2004). ROYAL IRISH ACADEMY

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Published: Sep 1, 2004

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