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Coastal-Marine Conservation: Science and Policy

ISBN: 978-0-632-05537-1
344 pages
August 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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Coastal-Marine Conservation: Science and Policy introduces students and managers to complex conservation and management issues facing coastal nations of the world, their citizens, and international and non-governmental organizations. It aims to reduce complexity and inspire a greater consensus for more effective conservation action.



  • Presents the coastal realm as a heterogeneous, diverse ecosystem of exceptionall high biological diversity and productivity, and where conservation challenges are most difficult and urgent
  • Examines the critical issues facing coastal-marine conservation and the mechanisms for dealing with them
  • Reviews the basic science required for addressing conservation issues by presenting the coastal realm as a land-sea ecosystem of global significance, and by reviewing the natural-history features of coastal-marine organisms
  • Presents three ecologically and latitudinally distinct "real-world" case studies to create a context for understanding of regional systems, their cultures, and their conservation: the polar Bering Sea, the temperate Chesapeake Bay, and the tropical Bahamas
  • Makes apparent the ecological stresses on the coastal realm, increasing rates of ecosystem change, loss of ecosystem health, and fragmented governance
  • Synthesizes the major challenges for conservation and suggests future policy and management strategies, including ecosystem management and needs for achieving sustainability and addressing the environmental debt

This book is intended for undergraduates and graduates taking courses in coastal and marine conservation and management, as well as those actively engaged in coastal-marine conservation activities, and gives the reader a clear steer to future management approaches.

References additional to those in the book are available at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/pdf/ray_references.pdf

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Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Part I: Issues and Mechanisms:.

1. Conservation Issues:.

Introduction.

Primary Issues.

Secondary Issues.

Tertiary Issues.

Conclusion.

2. Mechanisms:.

Introduction.

Species And Habitat Conservation.

New Directions.

Agents Of Change.

Conclusion.

Part II: Science:.

3. The Coastal Realm Ecosystem:.

Introduction.

Global Dynamics.

Defining Attributes.

Physical Components.

Biotic Land-Seascapes.

Coastal Realm Properties.

The Coastal Realm: A Complex Ecosystem.

Conclusion.

4. Natural History Of Coastal-Marine Organisms:.

Introduction.

Diversity Of Coastal-Realm Life.

Life In Water.

Life-History Diversity.

Biological Assembly.

Patterns.

Biogeography And Environmental Classification.

Conclusion.

Part III: Case Studies:.

Introduction.

5. Chesapeake Bay: Estuarine Alteration And Restoration:.

Introduction.

Characteristic Features Of Chesapeake Bay.

Ecosystem Properties Under Biotic Control.

Humans: Force And Magnitude Of Change.

Assessing Ecosystem Condition.

Restoration: The Chesapeake Bay Program.

Conclusion.

6. Bering Sea: Marine Mammals In A Regional Sea:.

Introduction.

Physical Setting.

Biotic Relationships.

Historical Exploitation Of Beringian Marine Mammals.

Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias Jubatus.

Pacific Walrus, Odobenus Rosmarus Divergens.

Conclusion.

7. Bahamas: Tropical-Oceanic Island Nation:.

Introduction.

Process And Pattern.

Roots Of Conservation In Social History.

Conservation For Sustainability.

Conclusion.

Part IV: Analysis and Synthesis:.

8. Coastal-Realm Change:.

Introduction.

Accounting For Change.

The Human-Dominated Coastal Realm.

Conclusion.

9. Synthesis:.

Introduction.

The Rise Of Coastal-Realm Conservation.

Challenges For Coastal-Realm Conservation.

Strategies For Coastal-Realm Conservation.

Conclusion.

Citations And Readings.

Index.

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G. Carleton Ray is Research Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. He has conducted research from the polar regions to the tropics, concentrating on biodiversity, fishes, marine mammals, and conservation science. He has also been actively engaged in protected-area establishment.

Jerry McCormick-Ray is Senior Research Scientist of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Her research has focused on physiological and pollution ecology and conservation in temperate and tropical nearshore and estuarine systems.

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  • Presents the coastal realm as a heterogeneous, diverse ecosystem of exceptionall high biological diversity and productivity, and where conservation challenges are most difficult and urgent
  • Examines the critical issues facing coastal-marine conservation and the mechanisms for dealing with them
  • Reviews the basic science required for addressing conservation issues by presenting the coastal realm as a land-sea ecosystem of global significance, and by reviewing the natural-history features of coastal-marine organisms
  • Presents three ecologically and latitudinally distinct "real-world" case studies to create a context for understanding of regional systems, their cultures, and their conservation: the polar Bering Sea, the temperate Chesapeake Bay, and the tropical Bahamas
  • Makes apparent the ecological stresses on the coastal realm, increasing rates of ecosystem change, loss of ecosystem health, and fragmented governance
  • Synthesizes the major challenges for conservation and suggests future policy and management strategies, including ecosystem management and needs for achieving sustainability and addressing the environmental debt
  • Intended for undergraduates and graduates taking courses in coastal and marine conservation and management, as well as those actively engaged in coastal-marine conservation activities, and gives the reader a clear steer to future management approaches
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"I am very impressed with this much-needed book on conservation of coastal ecosystems. This is the first major treatment of the coastal realm - the most densely populated and heavily exploited environment on Earth. I particularly admire its scope and realism. The authors include not only the primary sources of human disturbance and their environmental reverberations, but also the relevant public policy, regulatory and management issues. Ray is a well known and widely respected coastal ecosystems ecologist; and it shows here. The book presents a new and valuable introduction to the conservation of coastal ecosystems that successfully integrates the environmental, social and economic dimensions. In doing so, it provides a solid framework for developing sustainable management practices. It should have a wide readership as both a text and reference work. It will inspire cooperation between the public, policy makers and marine scientists to address the pressing problem of conserving coastal ecosystems." Professor Michael Rex, University of Massachusetts Boston <!--end-->

"... provides a refreshingly candid look at areas where there has been an increase in population growth without regard for sensible conservation practices. Includes a fine synthesis of overiding challenges for future conservation efforts." Southeastern Naturalist, January 2004

"...this superb scholarly treatise provides a wealth of information and ideas that will stimulate integrative thinking in the management of coastal ecosystems." CHOICE January 2004

"In summary, this book is unique in its broad approach to coastal ecosystems. The authors are to be congratulated on having brought us so much information under one cover and to have been able to integrate some of the physical, biological and economic forces that govern our coastal environments." Timothy Parsons, Institute of Ocean Sciences, Canada, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin, February 2004

"...is well produced with an abudance of figures, tables, photographs and inserted boxes containing short case evaluations by experts....extensive citations to original literature organized by chapter...consider the book a success, especially valuable as an introduction to policy aspects of coastal conservation for students in the environmental sciences." Charles H Peterson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, August 2004

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