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by Erich Hoyt

'Erich Hoyt's handbook is an admirable, timely and highly welcome contribution.' Michael Stachowitsch, Marine Ecology What does it mean to save the whales if their habitat is left unprotected? Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is the definitive handbook on this pressing issue and the first to bridge the gap between the disciplines of marine protected areas and cetacean conservation. It launches a new chapter in cetacean conservation with its investigation into the crucial habitat needs and protection requirements of some 84 species. The author, one of the world's foremost experts in this field, takes you around the world to investigate the promising results of the latest conservation research and the strategies for obtaining marine protected areas in coastal waters and on the high seas, using national legislation and regional and international conventions. This is an essential introduction, guide and reference work for those working to ensure a future for whales and dolphins.
Download Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation epub
ISBN: 1844070638
ISBN13: 978-1844070633
Category: Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
Author: Erich Hoyt
Language: English
Publisher: Earthscan (December 2004)
Pages: 516 pages
ePUB size: 1591 kb
FB2 size: 1847 kb
Rating: 4.9
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I received this book almost a month ago, and ever since I've been using it to write my paper on MPA. My masters thesis is about marine mammal management in Indonesia, and this book helps me put many things in perspective.

I even recommend this book to my supervisor (she will buy it from Amazon as well!) and the uni library for collection. My friend in the next room is borrowing the book for a while for her thesis as well.

I say Hoyt has done a good job. This might be the first comprehensive book about MPA for cetaceans, and it sure worth 5 stars!
This book is so packed with information that comprehensive almost seems like an understatement! It contains extensive information on existing and planned MPAs (including marine reserves, national parks, and sanctuaries in both national waters and the high seas) for cetaceans all over the world. I would recommend it to both conservation professionals and lay people alike. It's well written and accessible for a wide audience.

There is a variety of information on the history and background of cetacean protection efforts, detailed characteristics of cetacean habitats, migratory patterns, global distribution, ecosystem-based management, and threats faced by cetaceans. The book is also loaded with maps, figures, illustrations, and case studies. Bonus information is provided throughout the book such as the view of MPAs in Iceland, MPAs in Japan, how to set up an MPA.

This book serves as an excellent tool for scientists, conservationists and conservation groups, cetacean lovers, students, MPA managers, etc. Even whale watchers will find this book an indispensable resource for finding the best places to watch the 87 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises in 125 countries and territories around the world.

There are sections on the impact of climate change and noise on whale and dolphin (cetacean) habitats, emerging strategies for employing flexible ocean zoning, spatial planning and networks to help solve the problems of creating and managing protected areas in rivers, estuaries, coastal waters, and the high seas, a huge selection of maps, tables and boxes detailing the latest information on some 500 existing and more than 200 new MPAs worldwide.

Case studies in the book include the proposed Costa Rica Dome MPA, which is the first area in the world where endangered blue whales have been found to feed as well as breed and raise their calves. The proposed Ross Sea Marine Reserve is also featured as it is the last intact major ecosystem in the Antarctic with three different ecotypes of killer whales and minke whales.

Other areas featured in the book include the proposed Southeast Shoal of the Grand Bank MPA, with humpback, fin,sperm and blue whales on the high seas off the US-Canada east coast; and the proposed Hebrides Marine Reserve and Cetacean Critical Habitat Network in Scotland with resident Risso's, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins, minke whales and harbor porpoises.

"Save the whales" was a phrase that became the cliche for conservationists. The trouble is, they've always been threatened. Historically by the whaling industry, but now also by noise pollution, climate change, commercial fishing nets, and habitat destruction. This book teaches us what needs to be done and how to do it. Highly recommended.
In this excellent and definitive book, the author makes clear that Marine Protected Areas, even in the earliest stages of full evaluation, offer a realistic and informed approach to immediate and future marine conservation. Whilst the science and logisitcs are complex, the theory behind MPAs is simple. Its an holistic approach to conservation in which single factors are considered cumulatively, rather than individually. So for example, the effects of all human activities in one area (say, fishing, recreational boating and waste management) are considered all together, not just for one particular species but on the entire ecosystem in question, from whale to coral reef to microorganism. The emphasis is strongly on the management of human activities. Truly effective MPAs require difficult and unpopular decisions, such as the zoning of areas where human presence is limited and, in some cases, prohibited. We are accustomed to plundering the seas without thought, for economic and recreational benefit. For the world in general to embrace MPAs to their fullest extent will require a huge shift in thinking and greater cooperation between nations and understanding between cultures.

This book cuts through the multiplicity of labels attached to areas of protection for marine life and lays bare the precise meaning of each. Such labels generally make it easy for us to imagine that, in those protected sanctuaries at least, cetaceans are saved. But large whales being protected from commercial hunting in one area does not necessarily mean they will not be killed in the name of science or suffer a fatal strike from a ship, and goes absolutely nowhere towards protecting smaller cetaceans from dying in a fishing net.

Land-based conservation has the advantage of being relatively stable and focused on discreet areas. To paraphrase the author, one can't simply erect a fence at sea and put up a Keep Out sign. Marine protected areas need to be fluid to take into account the fact that critical habitats for cetaceans change with the season, their migratory movements and the dispersal of their prey. Further, our very definition of critical habitat must be questioned and expanded: what good a protected area for calving if there is no safe area for socialising and mating?

This is an exhaustively researched, fascinating, thought-provoking and hugely useful book. It is both reference and reading material in one. For those involved in the conservation of cetaceans it must already be a compulsory handbook and for the layreader it is a revealing and readable account of the considerable progress of our conservation experts and of the huge task still ahead. A massive achievement marking a milestone in marine protection.
Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is a guidebook for the future, if you understand that "when we save whales we save ourselves" (Taffy Williams). It's all about preserving essential habitats from human exploitation, with examples of successes from around the world, and a step-by-step guide for protecting what you know is important. You don't have to be an expert to be inspired with all that has been done, or motivated to help with all that must still be done. Invest in the future: Learn from this outstanding book and donate a copy to your community, school or college library so others can learn its essential lessons.
This is a very informative and well-written book about MPAs and cetaceans around the globe. It represents an outstanding guide for students, whale watchers, managers, policy-makers, scientists and anyone interested in the future of our oceans and its inhabitants. Read it and share it with others!
I bought this book for my master's thesis, as well. It is very helpful, compiling a lot of information. There are useful links and reference to other literature, in the book, too. It is good to hold the information in your hand instead of looking for everything online, staring at hte screen. thanks a lot, Erich Hoyt!