Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans (Paperback)

By Karen McLeod (Editor), Heather Leslie (Editor), Marco (Octavio) Aburto (Contributions by), Lilian (Naia) Alessa (Contributions by), Maria de los Angeles Carvajal (Contributions by), Brad Barr (Contributions by), Edward B. Barbier (Contributions by), Donald F. Boesch (Contributions by), James Boyd (Contributions by), Larry B. Crowder (Contributions by), Richard Cudney-Bueno (Contributions by), Tim Essington (Contributions by), Exequiel Ezcurra (Contributions by), Steve Ganey (Contributions by), Erica Goldman (Contributions by), Fred Guichard (Contributions by), Elliott Hazen (Contributions by), Kimberly Heiman (Contributions by), Leah Bunce Karrer (Contributions by), Les Kaufman (Contributions by), Ilse Kiessling (Contributions by), Ann Kinzig (Contributions by), Andrew (Anaru) Kliskey (Contributions by), Phil Levin (Contributions by), Jane Lubchenco (Contributions by), Don Maruska (Contributions by), Charlotte B. Mogensen (Contributions by), Maggie Mooney-Seus (Contributions by), Kathleen Dean Moore (Contributions by), Robert O'Boyle (Contributions by), Jonathan Peacey (Contributions by), Linwood Pendleton (Contributions by), Charles H. Peterson (Contributions by), Garry Peterson (Contributions by), Andrew A. Rosenberg (Contributions by), Mary Ruckelshaus (Contributions by), Roly Russell (Contributions by), Paul Sandifer (Contributions by), Janis Searles (Contributions by), Janna Shackeroff (Contributions by), Jorge Torre (Contributions by), Lisa Wainger (Contributions by), Dean Wendt (Contributions by), Tana Worcester (Contributions by)

Island Press, 9781597261555, 392pp.

Publication Date: May 22, 2009

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Conventional management approaches cannot meet the challenges faced by ocean and coastal ecosystems today. Consequently, national and international bodies have called for a shift toward more comprehensive ecosystem-based marine management. Synthesizing a vast amount of current knowledge, Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans is a comprehensive guide to utilizing this promising new approach.
At its core, ecosystem-based management (EBM) is about acknowledging connections. Instead of focusing on the impacts of single activities on the delivery of individual ecosystem services, EBM focuses on the array of services that we receive from marine systems, the interactive and cumulative effects of multiple human activities on these coupled ecological and social systems, and the importance of working towards common goals across sectors. Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans provides a conceptual framework for students and professionals who want to understand and utilize this powerful approach. And it employs case studies that draw on the experiences of EBM practitioners to demonstrate how EBM principles can be applied to real-world problems.
The book emphasizes the importance of understanding the factors that contribute to social and ecological resilience —the extent to which a system can maintain its structure, function, and identity in the face of disturbance. Utilizing the resilience framework, professionals can better predict how systems will respond to a variety of disturbances, as well as to a range of management alternatives. Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans presents the latest science of resilience, while it provides tools for the design and implementation of responsive EBM solutions.

About the Author

Larry B. Crowder is Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University. Crowder focuses on predation and food web interactions, mechanisms underlying recruitment variation in fishes, and on population modeling in conservation biology.

He co-directed the South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment and continues to conduct research on the life histories of estuarine-dependent fishes. He continues to conduct model and statistical analysis to assist in endangered species management for both aquatic (sea turtles) and terrestrial species (red-cockaded woodpeckers). Recently he has begun developing more extensive programs in marine conservation, including research on bycatch, nutrients and low oxygen, marine invasive species and integrated ecosystem management

Crowder currently serves on the Ocean Studies Board, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and on the scientific steering committees for the Global Ocean Observing System, the Global Oceanic Ecosystem Dynamics Program. He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialists Group and head of bycatch subgroup. He is also a member of the editorial board for Ecological Applications and serves as a science advisor for the Earth & Sky Radio Series.

Praise For Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans

"This excellent book demystifies the idea of ecosystem-based management and explains the many ways in which the ideas can be applied in the real world. At once a primer, theoretical synthesis, practical guide, and roadmap for the future, this book will is a must-read for all those interested in the subject."

— Callum Roberts

"This unique volume provides case studies and worked examples of marine EBM—a guidebook on implementation."

— Steven Murawski

"This lucid and innovative book convincingly argues for a holistic, resilience-based approach to oceans management. More importantly, it charts a way forward. In a world of rapidly changing seas, it will be a critical guide for scientists, agency staff, policymakers, and students."

— Gretchen C. Daily

"This important book marks a milestone in the pursuit of management that takes ecosystems seriously. Its collection of information and analysis will be of use to students, social and natural scientists, and—perhaps most important—those who would be stewards of the natural world upon which humans rely."

— Kai Lee

"For proponents of ecosystem-based management,the good news is that another new book, Ecosystem-based Management for the Oceans, conveys the topic at its state-of-the-art level of development...both Marine Ecosystems and Global Change and Ecosystem-based Management for the Oceans are valuable troves that could profitably be mined, and any academic bookshelf would wear them well."

— Carl Safina

"Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans heralds a timely call for action. Ocean scientists, resource managers, and policymakers should take careful note of the volume and connected developments. They chart a critical new course for marine management— steering us away from destruction and toward a bountiful future for Earth's oceans."

— Science