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The authors maintain the tradition of clarity and conciseness set by previous editions, and the text is extensively illustrated with colour plates, photographs and diagrams. Examples are drawn from all over the world. In this edition, the scientific content of the text has been fully revised and updated. An emphasis has been placed on human impacts, and completely new chapters have been added on fisheries, marine ecosystems, and human interference and conservation.
1 The Nature and Global Distribution of Marine Organisms, Habitats and Productivity.
2 The Planktonic System of Surface Waters.
3 The Benthos of Continental Shelf and Littoral Sediments.
4 Salt-Marshes, Mangrove-Swamps, and Sea-Grass Meadows.
5 Rocky Shores and Kelp Forests.
6 Coral Reefs.
7 Pelagic and Benthic Systems of the Deep Sea.
8 Fish and Other Nekton.
9 Ecology of life Histories.
10 Speciation and Biogeography.
11 The Marine Ecosystem as a Functional Whole.
12 Human Interference and Conservation.