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13.4: Present Situation

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    Many of the world’s fisheries are under collapse, and in the oceans we seem to be on a path like the one our predecessor predators took on land.

    There are better ecological approaches—a “constant effort” approach, for example, rather than the “constant harvest” examined here—but economic, social, and political pressures have kept them from extensive use.

    We hope this chapter has shown you that insufficient examination of ecological equations applied on a large scale can generate disasters, that equilibria must not be considered apart from their stability, and that management of real ecological systems requires attention to natural history and social conditions.

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\). Excruciatingly efficient modern methods of fishing.

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