Marine Conservation Biology The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity

ISBN-10: 1559636629
ISBN-13: 9781559636629
Edition: 2nd 2005
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 5/9/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Humans are terrestrial animals, and our capacity to see and understand the importance and vulnerability of life in the sea has trailed our growing ability to harm it. While conservation biologists are working to address environmental problems humans have created on land, loss of marine biodiversity, including extinctions and habitat degradation, has received much less attention. At the same time, marine sciences such as oceanography and fisheries biology have largely ignored issues of conservation. Marine Conservation Biology brings together for the first time in a single volume leading experts from around the world to apply the lessons and thinking of conservation biology to marine issues. Contributors including James M. Acheson, Louis W. Botsford, James T. Carlton, Kristina Gjerde, Selina S. Heppell, Ransom A. Myers, Julia K. Parrish, Stephen R. Palumbi, and Daniel Pauly offer penetrating insights on the nature of marine biodiversity, what threatens it, and what humans can and must do to recover the biological integrity of the world's estuaries, coastal seas, and oceans. Sections examine: distinctive aspects of marine populations and ecosystems; threats to marine biological diversity, singly and in combination; place-based management of marine ecosystems; the often-neglected human dimensions of marine conservation. Marine Conservation Biology breaks new ground by creating the conceptual framework for the new field of marine conservation biology -- the science of protecting, recovering, and sustainably using the living sea. It synthesizes the latest knowledge and ideas from leading thinkers in disciplines ranging from larval biology to sociology, making it a must-read forresearch and teaching faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

Karen L. McLeod is the Director of Science for the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS) at Oregon State University. Heather M. Leslie is the Peggy and Henry D. Sharpe Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Brown University.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Why marine conservation biology?
Back to the future in marine conservation
Marine populations : the basics
The life of the sea : implications of marine population biology to conservation policy
The Allee effect in the sea
Extinction risk in marine species
Behavioral approaches to marine conservation
Threats to marine biological diversity
The potential for nutrient overenrichment to diminish marine biodiversity
The magnitude and consequences of bioinvasions in marine ecosystems : implications for conservation biology
Diseases and the conservation of marine biodiversity
Multiple stressors in marine systems
The greatest threat : fisheries
Global fisheries and marine conservation : is coexistence possible?
The global destruction of bottom habitats by mobile fishing gear
Effects of fishing on long-lived marine organisms
Evolutionary impacts of fishing on target populations
Are sustainable fisheries achievable?
Place-based management of marine ecosystems
Marine protected areas and biodiversity conservation
Marine reserve function and design for fisheries management
Place-based ecosystem management in the open ocean
Metapopulation structure and marine reserves
Human dimensions
Developing rules to manage fisheries : a cross-cultural perspective
The role of legal regimes in marine conservation
Uncertainty in marine management
Recovering populations and restoring ecosystems : restoration of coral reefs and related marine communities
Toward a sea ethic

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