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Large Marine Ecosystems of the Indian Ocean. Assessment, Sustainability and Management

  • ID: 2176374
  • Book
  • June 1998
  • Region: India
  • 420 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Coastal resources of developed and developing nations are being adversely affected by human activities and environmental degradation, and the fate of the Indian Ocean is no exception. In an effort to improve the current state of this important large marine ecosystem (LME) and to prevent future damage, a symposium on the status and future of LMEs of the Indian Ocean was held in Kenya by marine experts from the region. It was organized to review results from various studies, including reports on the Somali Current, the Agulhas Current, the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and a number of other LMEs, representing contributions from 19 countries. The studies in this book were selected from among those presented at the symposium and have been peer reviewed. In addition, they have been augmented with a peer reviewed study describing an innovative strategy for the assessment and management of the Bay of Bengal ecosystem.

This book is arranged into four sections: Assessment and Sustainability of LMEs, Pelagic Ecosystems, Case Studies, and Management and Governance:

Assessment and Sustainability of LMEs: The first section consists of descriptions of strategies for assessing ecosystem change, including modules for productivity, fish and fisheries, pollution and ecosystem health, socioeconomics, and governance.

Pelagic Ecosystems: Six chapters deal solely with the results of assessments of the oceanography, productivity, plankton, and fishes of the pelagic domains of the region.

Case Studies: Encompassing a broad spectrum of LME–related issues, an entire section (six chapters) of case studies has been included to provide the reader with specific examples of conditions within LMEs of the region.

Management and Governance: This section focuses on the future of the region, and what needs to be done in order to support long term sustainability of costal resources.

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Background And Focus.


Editor′s Note.

Part I: Assessment And Sustainability Of Large Marine Ecosystems.

1. Assessment, Sustainability, And Monitoring Of Coastal Ecosystems: An Ecological Perspective.

2. Trawl Survey Strategies And Applications For Assessing The Changing State Of Fish Communities In Large Marine Ecosystems.

3. Ecosystems With The Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) And Undulating Oceanographic Recorder (UOR)/Aquashuttle.

4. An Overview Of The Status Of Marine Pollution In The East African Region.

5. Application Of The Large Marine Ecosystem Concept To The Somali Current.

Part II: Pelagic Ecosystems.

6. Coastal Upwelling And Other Processes Regulating Ecosystem Productivity And Fish Production In The Western Indian Ocean.

7. Seasonal Fluctuations In Plankton Biomass And Productivity In The Ecosystems Of The Somali Current, Gulf Of Aden, And Southern Red Sea.

8. Role Of Oceanic Fronts In Promoting Productivity In The Southern Indian Ocean.

9. Mean Monthly Sea–Level Variation And Its Relation To Large–Scale Ocean Circulation In The Southwest Indian Ocean.

10. Spiny Lobsters In The Indian Ocean: Speciation In Relation To Oceanographic Ecosystems.

11. Spatial–Temporal Structure Of Indian Ocean Ecosystems: A Large Scale Approach.

Part III: Case Studies.

12. The Role Of Estuaries In Large Marine Ecosystems: Examples From The Natal Coast, South Africa.

13. Fisheries Resources Of Zanzibar: Problems And Recommendations.

14. The Agulhas Current Ecosystem With Particular Reference To Dispersal Of Fish Larvae.

15. The Red Sea As An "Extension" Of The Indian Ocean.

16.The Status And Future Of The St Lucia Lake System: A Large Estuary Of The Southwestern Indian Ocean.

17. Biological Production And Fishery Potential Of The Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Of India.

Part IV: Management and Governance.

18. Implications Of Agenda 21 Of UNCED On Marine Resources In East Africa With Particular Reference To Kenya And Tanzania.

19. Somalia Current Large Marine Ecosystem And Related Issues.

20. Legal Constraints And Options For Total Ecosystem Management Of Large Marine Ecosystems.

21. Application Of Integrated Environmental Management Toward Solving The Problems Affecting The Tana River Delta And Its Linkage With The Somali Current Ecosystem.

22. Marine Conservation Areas In Kenya.

23. Indian Ocean Large Marine Ecosystems: Need For National And Regional Framework For Conservation And Sustainable Development.

24. Regional Stewardship For Sustainable Marine Resources Management In The Bay Of Bengal.

25. Summary And Recommendations.


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Kenneth Sherman
Ezekiel N. Okemwa
Micheni J. Ntiba
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