During a sabbatical about five years ago, I began writing a book on Fish Economics–which is my term for economics that has do with fish and the fish business. I wanted to write it for people who are involved in or interested in fish and the fish business–fishing, fish farming, fish processing, fish stores and restaurants, and the all the other businesses that have to do with fish.
Most economics books cover a lot of topics you don’t really need to understand if you’re mainly interested in fish economics. They also leave out important topics that are very relevant to fish economics. My original goal was to write a book that would be a fun and helpful way to introduce people in the fish business to fish economics–and to answer the questions that they most frequently ask about fish economics.
As I got into writing the book I realized that a lot of what I was writing was really an introduction to basic principles of economics, that you need to understand before you can begin to apply economic tools to understanding the fish business. For example, you need to understand the economic concept of “Supply and Demand” before you can begin to apply to this powerful concept to thinking about how different factors affect seafood markets and fish prices.
So as a start to my book on Fish Economics I decided to write a basic introduction to economics using examples from the fish business. My wife suggested the title of A Fishy Introduction to Economics. Although I’m a little skeptical of that title, I’m giving it a try for now. Here is a partial and incomplete draft of A Fishy Introduction to Economics. I would very much welcome any questions, comments and suggestions you may have.
Below are selected draft chapters for the rest of the book. As I work on the book, I will be revising these chapters and adding (a lot) more. Again, I welcome any questions, comments and suggestions you may have.