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Conservation and management of marine mammals

By: Twiss, J.R., jr.
Contributor(s): Reeves, R.R., (editors).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Smithsonian Institution Press 1999Description: xi,471p.Subject(s): Book | Zoology: mammalsSummary: Emphasizing the diverse issues surrounding the conservation of marine mammals, thirty-one experts review the history, current status, and future implication of national and international marine mammal legislation, the concept of ecosystem management, interactions of marine mammals with fisheries, the contemporary whaling debate, and public attitudes to marine mammals. The contributors evaluate recent efforts directed at the Florida manatee, the Hawaiian monk seal, the North Atlantic right whale, and other endangered species. They also discuss strandings and die-offs, the practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity, and the regulation of marine debris pollution. The editors conclude that the conservation of marine mammals in the long term will depend on sound science, fundamental understanding of ecological relationships and the cooperative involvement of leaders from many disciplines, nongovernmental organizations, and affected communities. Providing insight into issues that involve a complex mixture of scientific, social, economic, and political considerations this volume is a valuable reference for students, scientists, conservationists, and policymakers.
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Emphasizing the diverse issues surrounding the conservation of marine mammals, thirty-one experts review the history, current status, and future implication of national and international marine mammal legislation, the concept of ecosystem management, interactions of marine mammals with fisheries, the contemporary whaling debate, and public attitudes to marine mammals. The contributors evaluate recent efforts directed at the Florida manatee, the Hawaiian monk seal, the North Atlantic right whale, and other endangered species. They also discuss strandings and die-offs, the practice of keeping marine mammals in captivity, and the regulation of marine debris pollution. The editors conclude that the conservation of marine mammals in the long term will depend on sound science, fundamental understanding of ecological relationships and the cooperative involvement of leaders from many disciplines, nongovernmental organizations, and affected communities. Providing insight into issues that involve a complex mixture of scientific, social, economic, and political considerations this volume is a valuable reference for students, scientists, conservationists, and policymakers.

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