Chapter 1. The Ecological and Economic Theory of Sustainable Harvesting

  1. E. J. Milner-Gulland1 and
  2. Ruth Mace2

Published Online: 5 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch1

Conservation of Biological Resources

Conservation of Biological Resources

How to Cite

Milner-Gulland, E. J. and Mace, R. (eds) (1998) The Ecological and Economic Theory of Sustainable Harvesting, in Conservation of Biological Resources, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Ecosystems Analysis and Management Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JUL 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427389

Online ISBN: 9781444313598



  • ecological and economic theory of sustainable harvesting;
  • mechanisms behind observed phenomena models;
  • harvesting effect on single species population dynamics;
  • reality and theoretically derived prediction matching;
  • population dynamics model of single species;
  • harvesting strategies;
  • renewable resource harvesting and carrying capacity;
  • modelling population growth and logistic equation;
  • populations sustainably harvested and density-dependent response;
  • constant escapement strategies - safest biological option


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A simple model of population growth

  • Maximum sustainable yield and its limitations

  • Profitability and the market

  • Harvesting over time

  • Supply and demand

  • Summary