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Ecology of Aquatic Management

Second Edition

Christopher Frid and Michael Dobson

13 June 2013

ISBN: 9780199693290

352 pages

In Stock

Price: £49.99

Ecology of Aquatic Management explores current exploitation practices, the ecological basis and consequences of that exploitation, and means of sustainable management of marine and freshwater systems.



Ecology of Aquatic Management explores current exploitation practices, the ecological basis and consequences of that exploitation, and means of sustainable management of marine and freshwater systems.

  • Offers a holistic overview of the exploitation and management of marine and freshwater systems from an ecological perspective.
  • Considers how ecological principles can be used to inform effective and sustainable management of the consequences of human interactions.
  • Covers a range of ecological responses in systems as a result of human activity, from fisheries to recreation.
  • Provides case studies and references to enable students to study individual topics in more depth.
  • An Online Resource Centre provides additional resources, enhancing the educational value of the book.

New to this edition

  • An increased number of case studies bring context to the subjects being discussed, and illuminate the methodological aspects of aquatic management.
  • A new chapter on the dynamics of aquatic systems highlights the challenges faced in monitoring systems and establishing causality.
  • Ecological restoration schemes are considered in a new chapter, which looks at some of the successes and failures of large-scale manipulation of ecosystems.
  • Coverage of certain topics, including non-native invasive species, management tools, and the valuation of ecological goods and services, has been enhanced.

About the Author(s)

Christopher Frid, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, and Michael Dobson, Principal Freshwater Consultant at APEM Ltd, UK and former Director of Freshwater Biological Association, UK

Chris Frid is professor of marine biology at the University of Liverpool and Head of the School of Environmental Science. He was responsible for development of the University of Liverpool's undergraduate degree in Marine Biology and has been jointly responsible for the development of the MSc in Marine Planning and Management. He teaches on marine ecology and ecosystem management. He has published over 85 refereed research papers, many of which deal with pollution (heavy metals, solid wastes, sewage, endocrine disrupters) or human impacts (ecosystem effects of fishing, recreational visitor pressure). He is a UK representative on the ICES Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing, a member of the Defra Marine Fisheries Scientific Advisory Committee and an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Mike Dobson is Director of the Freshwater Biological Association (FBA). His research centres on the ecology and management of rivers and wetlands, in both temperate and tropical environments, with particular emphasis on land use impacts such as forestry. He is the author of over 50 refereed research papers and has contributed invited chapters to six books. He is a member of the Rivers Biodiversity Integration Group for England, and represents both the FBA and the Society of Biology on the NERC Skills Review. Prior to his current post, he had fifteen years' experience in teaching ecology and aquatic management at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Table of Contents

    1:How do humans impact aquatic systems?
    2:The dynamics of aquatic systems
    Part One: Water as a resource
    3:Human use of water
    4:Exploiting the physical properties of the aquatic environment
    Part Two: Aquatic biota as resources
    5:Biological basis for harvesting living organisms
    6:Harvesting for economic gain
    7:Aquaculture and Ranching
    Part Three: Aquatic environments as resources
    8:Waste disposal in the aquatic environment
    9:Extracting mineral resources from the aquatic environment
    10:Exploiting the general aquatic environment for recreation
    Part Four: Aquatic environmental management
    11:Responding to natural hazards
    12:Ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecological goods and services
    13:Restoration and recovery of aquatic systems
    14:Aquatic management tools and approaches

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