Marine Mammal Research: Conservation beyond Crisis

Marine Mammal Research: Conservation beyond Crisis

by John E. Reynolds III, Timothy J. Ragen
     
 

Marine mammal conservation presents a number of challenges for scientists and other stakeholders, especially using natural resources in ways that avoid crisis management. Scientists play the special role of providing vital information to decision makers to help them understand long-term consequences of their actions and avoid crises before they develop. The

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Marine mammal conservation presents a number of challenges for scientists and other stakeholders, especially using natural resources in ways that avoid crisis management. Scientists play the special role of providing vital information to decision makers to help them understand long-term consequences of their actions and avoid crises before they develop. The contributors to this visionary work look beyond the current crises to present a compelling argument about how science, if conducted properly, can provide insights that minimize crisis management and implement more anticipatory action.

Despite the significant reduction of marine mammal harvesting, stocks of some species remain greatly reduced or are in decline. This volume provides an overview of the current state of marine mammal populations and identifies the major obstacles facing marine mammal conservation, including fisheries, sonar and other noise pollution, disease, contaminants, algal booms, and habitat loss. The contributors chart a scientifically-supported plan to direct marine management toward a well-defined recovery protocol.

This comprehensive resource will be indispensable for marine mammal biologists, oceanographers, conservation program managers, government regulators, policy makers, and anyone who is concerned about the future of these captivating species.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801882555
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

1The paradox of marine mammal science and conservation1
2Bycatch and depredation5
3Indirect fishery interactions19
4The role of infectious disease in influencing status and trends47
5Assessing impacts of environmental contaminants63
6Effects of harmful algal blooms85
7Impacts of anthropogenic sound101
8Assessing and managing marine mammal habitat in the United States125
9Long-term environmental change and marine mammals137
10Identifying units to conserve149
11Adapting regulatory protection to cope with future change165
12Future directions in marine mammal research179

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