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Hierarchical Perspectives on Marine Complexities: Searching for Systems in the Gulf of Maine

Series: Complexity in Ecological Systems Series

By: Spencer Apollonio

241 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Nov 2002 | #132997 | ISBN: 0231124899
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About this book

This book is the first application of hierarchy theory to the ecological workings of the Gulf of Maine and of marine ecosystems in general. Spenser Apollonio explores in detail the idea of natural constraints inherent in hierarchical ecosystems and the impact upon such systems when constraints are reduced or removed. He argues that conventional fisheries management, which practices the removal of these constraints, may be doomed to failure.

its novel approach to addressing complex marine resource management issues and its clear and non-technical writing style -- Robert B. Whitlatch Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology


1. The Subject of the Search2. Some Generalities About Hierarchy Theory and Some Examples3. Physical Characteristics of the Gulf of Maine4. Fauna of the Gulf of Maine5. Organism Characteristics6. Approaching Hierarchy Theory and the Gulf of Maine7. Hierarchies and Constraints8. Hierarchical Applications

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Spencer Apollonio has been commissioner of Maine's Department of Marine Resources, chairperson of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and executive director of the New England Regional Fisheries Management Council. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.

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