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From dhows to trawlers : a recent history of fisheries in the Gulf countries, 1950 to 2010 Al-Abdulrazzak, Dalal; Pauly, D. (Daniel)


Fisheries have grown in importance in recent decades, not only because people cannot eat oil, but also because income from oil is used to propel the demand for fish in the region. In fact, the time has come for the countries around the Gulf to come together and do something about their largely unregulated or ill-regulated fisheries, or they will lose what has now become an important element of their food security. The ‘catch reconstructions’ presented in this report should be useful to the seven countries of the Gulf, because they attempt to document all their fisheries, and not solely those that are covered by the national monitoring systems presently in place.

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