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Marine Mammal Research: Conservation beyond Crisis

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Quarterly Review of Biology - Bernd Wursig
The book superbly covers some of the most important conservation issues of marine mammals.
Fins - Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
A very valuable compendium of state-of-the-art scientific knowledge... A must in the bibliographic luggage of anyone concerned with marine mammal conservation, regardless of nationality or region of concern.
Choice
Should appeal to a wide variety of libraries and readers... interested in marine biology and conservation of those captivating animals.
Southeastern Naturalist
An essential book for marine mammal researchers, oceanographers, regulators, and anyone called to help in the effort to save marine mammals from extinction.
Fins
A very valuable compendium of state-of-the-art scientific knowledge... A must in the bibliographic luggage of anyone concerned with marine mammal conservation, regardless of nationality or region of concern.

— Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara

Aquatic Mammalogy
A thoughtfully written and edited compendium... it deserves to be on the shelf of every serious marine mammalogist researcher, and should become well-thumbed.
Choice

Should appeal to a wide variety of libraries and readers... interested in marine biology and conservation of those captivating animals.

Quarterly Review of Biology
The book superbly covers some of the most important conservation issues of marine mammals.

— Bernd Wursig

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882555
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

John E. Reynolds III is chairman of the Marine Mammal Commission and the senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory. William F. Perrin is a senior scientist with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, adjunct professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and editor emeritus of Marine Mammal Science. Randall R. Reeves is one of the Okapi Wildlife Associates, the author of several books, and chair of the IUCN Cetacean Specialists Group. Suzanne Montgomery is a staff scientist, and Timothy J. Ragen is director of research, at the Marine Mammal Commission.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The paradox of marine mammal science and conservation 1
2 Bycatch and depredation 5
3 Indirect fishery interactions 19
4 The role of infectious disease in influencing status and trends 47
5 Assessing impacts of environmental contaminants 63
6 Effects of harmful algal blooms 85
7 Impacts of anthropogenic sound 101
8 Assessing and managing marine mammal habitat in the United States 125
9 Long-term environmental change and marine mammals 137
10 Identifying units to conserve 149
11 Adapting regulatory protection to cope with future change 165
12 Future directions in marine mammal research 179
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