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In the end, I shall have to admit my pessimism for the notion of sustainable fishing except in a few favoured regions of the oceans. The evidence suggests that the commercial interests of the fishery industry, with all the associated economic, social and political pressures that influence management decisions, are such as to render rational management illusory in most regions of the oceans. The problems of the fisheries can be resolved (if at all) by social and political, rather than scientific, solutions.