Rocky Shores: Exploitation in Chile and South Africa (Ecological Studies)
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:2/18/1994 - Springer
The use of marine organisms as food by man is almost as old as man himself. Treated here are ecological and socio-economic aspects of the human exploitation of nearshore and intertidal resources on rocky shores, excluding fish, in South Africa and Chile. Impacts both on target species and ecosystem functioning are considered. The subsistence and commercial benefits of exploitation are discussed, and management options are reviewed in the contexts of conservation biology and socioeconomics. An important feature of the book is the intercontinental comparison, which highlights both the similarities and differences in the types of organisms exploited and the consequencesfor community-level interaction. The scientific framework for a sound littoral resource management is provided, and the principles derived cover asufficiently diverse array of ecological processes to researchers in the field of littoral exploitation, of marine and community ecology, anthropology and socioeconomics.