We warmly acknowledge the 26 reviewers who helped for this special issue, for their time and suggestions for improvement. We are grateful to Charles Sheppard, Editor-in-Chief, for welcoming this special issue in Marine Pollution Bulletin. We also appreciated the help from Becky Rives-Roberts
and Sara Bebbington at Elsevier during the realization of this volume. Pascal Correia provided the Fig. 3, using the latest 2012 data on concessions available at Direction of Marine Resources of French Polynesia. “
“The newspapers PLX4032 have been again, perhaps predictably, full of doom and gloom and The Sunday Times of 11 July 2010 (p. 9) ran a feature article entitled ‘Fish stocks eaten to extinction by 2050’. In Bill Bryson’s latest book (2010), ‘At Home,
a short history of private life’ (which, perhaps again predictably, given our collective English love of whimsy, has been top of Britain’s best seller list for the last six weeks), there is an amusingly anglophilic account of how our British lifestyle has changed and evolved. His adopted home is in Norfolk, and in Chapter 4, he deals with the kitchen, its place in the history of the English home and what we ate in the middle of the 19th century. On page 88 we are told that then lobsters were so abundant around Britain’s GSK-3 activation coastline that they were Resveratrol fed to prisoners and orphans or ground up for fertilizer.
Servants sought written agreements from their employers that they would not be fed lobster more than twice a week! A few pages along in the book (pp. 92–93), Bill tells us that during the great Irish Potato Famine of 1845–1846 when 1.5 million people died of starvation, London’s fish market at Billingsgate sold 500 million oysters, almost 100 million soles, 498 million shrimps, 304 million periwinkles, 33 million plaice, 23 million mackerel and 1000 million fresh herrings and, similarly massive, amounts of other seafood. The population of Great Britain then stood at around 15 million giving some idea of not only what seafood English people ate 150 years ago, but also just how much! Interestingly, cod is not mentioned in Bill’s list, but there can be very few northern Europeans who, today, are not aware of its plight. Similarly, we think twice today of buying oysters at (at least) 1 each, but the 17th century diarist and gourmand wrote in one of his diaries that he went ‘To my aunt Wights … and had a barrel [my emphasis] of oysters’ Similarly in Bill’s mid-19th century, oysters were practically given away. At university in the mid 1960s, in London, and reading for a degree in marine biology, lectures were attended on fish and the fishing industry.