Managing Marine Wildlife: The Extinction of Fauna in the Ocean
Doug McCauley, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Coach House, Green College, UBC
Thursday, March 16, 5-6:30 pmin the series
Adapting to Global Changes in Oceans and Fisheries
Marine defaunation, or human-caused animal loss in the oceans, emerged forcefully only hundreds of years ago, whereas terrestrial defaunation has been occurring far longer. Though humans have caused few global marine extinctions, we have profoundly affected marine wildlife, altering the functioning and provisioning of services in every ocean. Though protected areas are a powerful tool to harness ocean productivity, especially when designed with future climate in mind, additional management strategies will be required. Overall, habitat degradation is likely to intensify as a major driver of marine wildlife loss, but proactive intervention could avert a marine defaunation disaster of the magnitude observed on land.
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