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Areas of concern

PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:34 am
by leahn
Another info about maine conservation

"The focus of marine conservation efforts may range from protecting ecosystems, such as coral reefs, to protecting the health of populations of species such as dolphins. Species that marine conservationists are particularly concerned with include most marine mammals and cetaceans, and species of fish that are popular for human consumption, including such fish as cod, tuna, and salmon. Other species, including seabirds such as albatrosses and reptiles such as sea turtles are also often endangered and of concern in protecting marine environments.

The environmental impacts of fishing are a major concern within marine conservation, including particularly the effects of overfishing and the problem of bycatch. Certain fishing techniques such as gillnets and long-lines have come under particular scrutiny as being harmful.

Other causes of marine ecosystem destruction, such as marine pollution, climate change, exotic species, disease of marine organisms, and benthic damage caused by shipping also come under the watch of marine conservationists.


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