The Rockfish's Warning

What is the rockfish’s warning?

That our current way of life simply isn’t sustainable!

Donald Gunderson explores evolutionary biology, fisheries science, and the history of resource management for a way out of this dilemma.  He exposes the powerful and entrenched forces that resist sustainable management, and outlines the fundamental changes that must be made if they are to be overcome.

More often than not, inadequate science and shortsighted cultural systems have resulted in resource collapse and degraded ecosystems.  Nevertheless, several examples of successful resource management also exist, and serve as a source of hope and guidance for the future.  Anyone interested in sustainable societies will enjoy this book.

Don Gunderson photo

"The author holding a rougheye rockfish caught off the Washington coast during a 1969 trawl survey. Much later, cross sections of their otoliths (earstones) would reveal that these fish could have been well over 100 years old.

Donald Gunderson is Emeritus Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, with over forty years of research experience in marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems.  He has been directly involved in fisheries management at the community, state, federal, and international levels throughout his career.

A complete summary of his teaching, research, and management activities is available at:

Artwork by Ann Hardy © 1995