Presenting a global look at conservation of the world's seas and their marine life, this book covers conservation issues pertinent to major groups of marine organisms, key habitats and initiatives in marine conservation. It will be invaluable for tertiary students and those working in conservation and resource management.
Providing a comprehensive account of marine conservation, this book examines human use and abuse of the world's seas and oceans and their marine life, and the various approaches to management and conservation. Healthy marine ecosystems - the goods and services that they provide - are of vital importance to human wellbeing. There is a pressing need for a global synthesis of marine conservation issues and approaches. This book covers conservation issues pertinent to major groups of marine organisms, such as sharks, marine turtles, seabirds and marine mammals; key habitats, from estuaries, wetlands and coral reefs to the deep sea; and from local and regional to international initiatives in marine conservation. An ideal resource for students, researchers and conservation professionals, the book pays appropriate attention to the underlying marine biology and oceanography and how human activities impact marine ecosystems, enabling the reader to fully understand the context of conservation action and its rationale.
Keith Probert, now retired, was Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where he taught marine biology and ecology. His research has mainly concerned the ecology of sediment benthos, including the effects of human activities and the implications for marine conservation.
Dedication; Preface; 1. Marine environments; 2. Human impacts; 3. Conservation; 4. Species conservation; 5. Fishing; 6. Fishes; 7. Marine turtles; 8. Seabirds; 9. Marine mammals; 10. Coastal waters; 11. Estuaries and lagoons; 12. Coastal wetlands; 13. Coral reefs; 14. The deep sea; 15. Marine protected areas; 16. The Mediterranean Sea; 17. The Southern Ocean; 18. Epilogue; Appendix 1. Abbreviations; Appendix 2. Species list; Appendix 3. Glossary.
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