Drawing heavily on sea turtle ecology, migration and conservation themes our contribution to OUP's new Handbook of Marine Fisheries seeks to summarize the exciting times we live in for both the scientific breakthroughs and new technologies at our disposal and the urgent need to realign society with the natural limits of our ocean planet.
Nichols, WJ, JA Seminoff, and P Etnoyer. 2010. Biodiversity, Function, and Interconnectedness: A Revolution in Our Understanding of Marine Ecosystems and Ocean Conservation. In: Grafton, Q et al., Eds. Handbook of Marine Fisheries. Oxford University Press.
"We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel and understand, love or otherwise have faith in."
—Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
Over the past several decades, technology and interdisciplinary research have led to a vast expansion of our understanding of the diversity of life in the ocean, the importance of the ocean to life on Earth, and the interconnectedness between terrestrial and marine ecosystems. With this new knowledge and several critical new paradigms, we are better able to understand the ocean, manage fisheries, restore ecological functions, and respond to the challenges to the ocean that lie ahead.
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