The Northeast Shelf Ecosystem: Assessment, Sustainability and Management

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The Northeast Shelf ecosystem is one of the 49 large marine ecosystems (LMEs) located around the coastal margin of the world's ocean basins. It extends from the Gulf of Maine south to Cape Hatteras and from the coast seaward to the edge of the continental shelf. The Northeast Shelf ecosystem is one of the most productive LMEs in the world, but it is under considerable stress. This volume carefully examines the unprecedented changes that have occurred in the Northeast Shelf ecosystem over the last 30 years and the...
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The Northeast Shelf ecosystem is one of the 49 large marine ecosystems (LMEs) located around the coastal margin of the world's ocean basins. It extends from the Gulf of Maine south to Cape Hatteras and from the coast seaward to the edge of the continental shelf. The Northeast Shelf ecosystem is one of the most productive LMEs in the world, but it is under considerable stress. This volume carefully examines the unprecedented changes that have occurred in the Northeast Shelf ecosystem over the last 30 years and the actions underway to alleviate the resulting ecological damage. Expert in its synthesis and unrivaled in its comprehensiveness, The Northeast Shelf Ecosystem: Assessment, Sustainability, and Management is ideal for students, researchers, and policy makers.
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Examines changes occurring in the Northeast Shelf ecosystem over the past 30 years and the actions underway to alleviate ecological damage due to overfishing, pollution, and habitat degradation. Contains multidisciplinary studies on the physical and biological characteristics of the ecosystem, population assessments, and stresses to the system, emphasizing the need to reduce stress on fish, water, and benthic quality. For students, researchers, and policymakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865424685
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue
Background and Focus
Acknowledgments
Contributors
I Ecosystem Sustainability 1
1 Marine Ecosystem Sustainability 3
2 The Northeast Shelf Ecosytem: Stress, Mitigation, and Sustainability Symposium - Keynote Address 21
3 Ecological Research for a Sustainable Northeast Shelf Ecosystem and Biosphere 31
II Physical and Biological Characteristics 45
4 Physical Oceanography of the Shelf and Slope Seas from Cape Hatteras to Georges Bank: A Brief Overview 47
5 Meteorology of the Northeast Shelf 75
6 Climate Change and Winter Coastal Marine Circulation in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States 95
7 The Northeast Shelf Ecosystem: An Initial Perspective 103
III Population Assessments 127
8 Zooplankton Dynamics in the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem 129
9 The State of Groundfish Resources Off the Northeastern United States 153
10 Shifts in Northeast Shelf Cetacean Distributions Relative to Trends in Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank Finfish Abundance 169
11 The State of Marine Bird Populations from Cape Hatteras to the Gulf of Maine 197
12 Zooplankton Prey Field Variability During Collapse and Recovery of Pelagic Fish in the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem 217
IV Environmental Stresses on the Ecosystem 237
13 Coastal Sediment Contamination in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem 239
14 Biological Responses to Toxic Contaminants in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem 259
15 Metal Concentrations in Winter Flounder, American Lobster, and Bivalve Molluscs from Boston Harbor, Salem Harbor, and Coastal Massachusetts: A Summary of Data on Tissues Collected from 1986 to 1991 285
16 Riverine Contributions to Heavy Metal Inputs to the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem 313
17 Trends in Nutrient Loading and Eutrophication: A Comparison of the Chesapeake Bay and the Hudson River Estuarine Systems 327
18 Preliminary Estimates of the Pollutant Loads and Fluxes into the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem 351
V Habitat Degradation 359
19 Habitat Mitigation 361
20 Status, Trends, and Health of Wetlands: A 200-Year Overview 367
21 Relating Habitat Stress to Fish Productivity: Problems and Approaches 397
22 Biotoxins and the Health of Living Marine Resources of the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem 405
23 Emergent Stressors and Public Health Implications in Large Marine Ecosystems: An Overview 417
VI Stress Mitigation: Environmental and Biological Considerations 439
24 Effects of Closure of a Continental Shelf Dumpsite 441
25 Biological Effects of Contaminants on Shellfish Populations in Coastal Habitats: A Case History of New Bedford, Massachusetts 457
26 Multispecies Approaches to Management of Large Marine Predators 467
27 Can We Manage Our Multispecies Fisheries? 491
28 Potential Benefits from Efficient Harvest of New England Groundfish 511
29 Developing International Law and Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management 527
30 Summary and Recommendations for the Mitigation of Stress 535
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