Territorial disputes over fishing resources illustrate the importance of the fishing industry in today's global economy. "World Fisheries Resources" provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of how this commodity is used. James R. Coull examines the diverse aspects of fishing resources from their biological basis through to marketing and consumption. He sets the topic into context by tracing the historical development, from its archaeological origins to the industrial expansion of the 19th and 20th centuries. Coull also discusses the modern situation and current trends in both the developed and developing worlds, highlighting how exploitation of this crucial resource has increased in recent years. The book presents a systematic study of world distribution and trends with a particular emphasis on the modern challenge of management at the local, national, and international levels.