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Presents the most recent scientific evidence on the current state of ocean ecosystems globally. The content ranges from the movement of essential nutrients in the sea to the loss of diversity as a consequence of overharvesting practices and habitat loss.
Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments. Part I: Biodiversity. 1. Biological Invasions of Marine Ecosystems: Patterns, Effects, and Management; G.M. Ruiz, J.A. Crooks. 2. Known and Unknown Biodiversity, Risk of Extinction and Conservation Strategy in the Sea; M.L. Reaka-Kudla. 3. Deep-Sea Fisheries: Perspectives and Lessons; R.L. Haedrich. 4. Fishing Down Marine Food Webs: An Update; D. Pauly, M.L.D. Palomares. 5. Ecological Implications of the Shellfishery; A Case Study on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada; L.I. Bendell-Young, R.C. Ydenberg. Part II: Marine Ecosystem Function. 6. The Oceanic Nitrogen Cycle: A Double-Edged Agent of Environmental Change?; L.A. Codispoti. 7. Beyond Algal Blooms, Oxygen Deficits and Fish Kills: Chronic, Long-Term Impacts of Nutrient Pollution on Aquatic Ecosystems; J.M. Burkholder. 8. Responses of Pelagic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change -- Can We Predict Them?; K.L. Denman. 9. The Arctic Ocean and Contaminants: Pathways that Lead to Us; R.B. Macdonald. 10. Shouldn't We Be Putting Our Sulphide-Rich Mine Tailings in the Ocean or in Lakes Rather than on Land?; T.F. Pedersen. Part III: Towards Solutions. 11. The Cumulative Effects of Climate Warming and Other Human Stresses on Canadian Freshwaters in the New Millennium; D.W. Schindler. 12. Marine Biological Diversity: Conserving Life in the Neglected Ninety-nine Percent; E.A. Norse. 13. Human Ecology, Material Consumption, and the Sea: Indices of Human Ecological Dysfunction; W.E. Rees. 14. Prevention is Better Than Cure: Systems of `No-Take' Marine Reserves; B. Ballantine. Index.
'I would certainly recommend that this book be put on the reading list for any ecological or environmental degree course.' Biological Conservation, 107 (2002) 'Waters in Peril is nevertheless a very useful, well-written and up-to-date review of the global status of our oceans and their conservation. This is a valuable addition to undergraduate or postgraduate courses on marine conservation, biodiversity and pollution. ...highly recommend this book to the libraries of universities and marine research institutes.' Hydrobiologia, 493 (2003)