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Fisheries have had to deal with uncertainties ― with attempts made to manage them ― for centuries.
The topic is therefore doubly challenging as, while the underlying precautionary principle is the same as for pollutants, the practical approach to implementation is necessarily very different.
‘Late lessons’ is certainly an appropriate topic for marine capture fisheries.
Awareness of events such as those described here ― from the Middle Ages, through to 19th century Scottish fisheries, the mid-20th century Californian sardine fishery crash and the collapse of Canadian northern cod stocks in the 1990s ― provide a sometimes gloomy awareness of history repeating itself.