Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Sustaining Ocean Ecosystem / Edition 1

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Overview

Although the ocean-and the resources within-seem limitless, there is clear evidence that human impacts such as overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution disrupt marine ecosystems and threaten the long-term productivity of the seas. Declining yields in many fisheries and decay of treasured marine habitats, such as coral reefs, has heightened interest in establishing a comprehensive system of marine protected areas (MPAs)-areas designated for special protection to enhance the management of marine resources. Therefore, there is an urgent need to evaluate how MPAs can be employed in the United States and internationally as tools to support specific conservation needs of marine and coastal waters.

Marine Protected Areas compares conventional management of marine resources with proposals to augment these management strategies with a system of protected areas. The volume argues that implementation of MPAs should be incremental and adaptive, through the design of areas not only to conserve resources, but also to help us learn how to manage marine species more effectively.

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Editorial Reviews

California Coast & Ocean
Because of its comprehensive nature and extensive literature citations, this report will no doubt be of value to persons and organizations involved in establishing MPAs and to the many stakeholders whose activities may be benefited or restricted by the creation of MPAs.
Booknews
The Ocean Studies Board presents the results of a two-year study that investigated the potential use of marine reserves (MPAs) "with respect to design, implementation criteria, and probable efficacy in relation to meeting biodiversity, conservation, and fisheries management goals" (from the preface). The study concludes that implementation of MPAs should be incremental and adaptive, through the design of areas not only to conserve resources, but also to facilitate learning how to manage marine species more effectively. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309072861
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 10
2 Conservation Goals 17
3 Conventional Management of Marine Fisheries 30
4 Societal Values of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas 42
5 Empirical and Modeling Studies of Marine Reserves 71
6 Design 97
7 Monitoring, Research, and Modeling 126
8 Historical Background and Evaluation of Marine Protected Areas in the United States 145
9 Conclusions and Recommendations 174
References 185
App. A: Acronyms 211
App. B: Glossary 214
App. C: Committee and Staff Biographies 219
App. D: Meeting Agendas 223
App. E Presidential Executive Order Regarding Marine Protected Areas in the United States 232
App. F IUCN Protected Area Categories System 237
App. G Description of Studies Estimating Marine Reserve Area Requirements 247
Index 257
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