(via Craig Layman at ABACO SCIENTIST)

A great new text book by Carleton and Jerry McCormick Ray.  Carleton has made many contributions to conservation in The Bahamas, including in the early stages of establishing the Exuma Land and Sea Park.  And I know he has been the most important career mentor for at least one Abaco Scientist. The Bahamas chapter is excellent.  It would be a great read and discussion piece for many students, teachers, resource managers, or those looking for a broad introduction of conservation issues in the country (let me know if you are interested in the chapter, and I can look for ways to get it to you).

Providing a guide for marine conservation practice, Marine Conservation takes a whole-systems approach, covering major advances in marine ecosystem understanding. Its premise is that conservation must be informed by the natural histories of organisms together with the hierarchy of scale-related linkages and ecosystem processes. The authors introduce a broad range of overlapping issues and the conservation mechanisms that have been devised to achieve marine conservation goals. The book provides students and conservation practitioners with a framework for thoughtful, critical thinking in order to incite innovation in the 21st century.

“Marine Conservation presents a scholarly but eminently readable case for the necessity of a systems approach to conserving the oceans, combining superb introductions to the science, law and policy frameworks with carefully chosen case studies. This superb volume is a must for anyone interested in marine conservation, from students and practitioners to lay readers and policy-makers.”
Simon Levin, George M. Moffett Professor of Biology, Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University


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