Dr. Ross Shotton

Dr. Shotton delivered five lectures on fisheries management in relation to his visit to the UNU/FTP. The lectures form a five-part series. An introduction/forword to the lectures can be seen below.

From Values to Management: the Conceptual Elements of
Fisheries Management

The Administration of Fisheries Management

Operational Fisheries Management

Decision Theory and its Role in Fisheries Management

Trends in Global Fisheries Policy


These papers formed a five part lecture series given to students attending the United Nations University Fisheries Training Course, at the Marine Research Institute, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1999/2000. I hope that the papers achieved my goal of addressing some important practical management issues from a conceptual perspective. The topics that I elected to consider are, I believe, essential to effective fisheries research and management. But, because they deal with issues that rarely excite those working in fisheries in academia, they are rarely, if ever, dealt with in courses designed to equip students to enter the world of fisheries management for the topics offer little in the way of research potential or quantitative analysis. Rather, perhaps, they are more appropriately found in the area of public administration.

For me, this has been a first attempt at articulating issues that I continually encounter during my duties with the FAO. As I have returned to edit my oral presentations given in Reykjavik in October 1999 I have realised how incomplete the documentation process has been in. I have not included even a minimal bibliography and that exercise remains if these notes are to be turned into something truly useful to the enquiring reader. Presenting these lectures has been both a stimulating experience and an exercise in self-discipline in requiring me to properly order my thoughts. I hope that I have been sufficiently successful that the results are of use to others working in, or contemplating the field of, fisheries administration and management.

My time spend with the students, staff and other fishery workers in Iceland was stimulating and rewarding for me and for this I am grateful to Mr Tumi Tómasson for the invitation to visit Iceland and present the lectures and approval of the FAO to go. This visit to Iceland follows my first to Isafjodur and Flateyri in December 1966 as a deckhand aboard the S.T. Ross Stellaris sailing from the Lincolnshire port of Grimsby. There has been no noticeable global warming since then.

Ross Shotton
Marine Resources Service
FAO, Rome
December 2000