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Early computer applications in temperate stock assessment are briefly reviewed, along with some properties of present lines of programmable calculators and microcomputers. Differences and similarities between temperate and tropical fish stocks are also reviewed, emphasis being given to implications for stock assessment.
Despite increased evidence of overfishing of coastal and inland resources in the Indo-Pacific region, government fisheries development programmes, for the most part, retain their 'production' orientation. Using the familiar static economic model of the fishery and assuming the resource is both biologically and economically overfished, the author examines the likely impact on sustainable yields and fishing incomes of various development programmes.
This paper is an attempt to interpret some of the data on fish growth available in the literature, emphasis is being given to a reassessment of von Bertalanffy's theory of growth as applied to fishes.