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The Environment in Asia Pacific Harbours
by Wolanski, Eric (Ed.) 2006, Springer, Netherlands. 160 euros, US$209, �123 hb

Urbanisation has already reached unprecedented levels in the estuarine and coastal zone of the the Asia Pacific region, resulting in increasing environmental degradation. This book details how science can provide solutions so that economic and social developments can be ecologically sustainable. ... more

The End of the Line
by Charles Clover
Ebury Press, London, 2004, �14.99 hardback

The demand for fish by an increasingly health and fashion conscious public is ever growing, while the battle over the world's waters between hi-tech trawlers, local fishermen and environmentalists rages on. But while the politicians fight it out an environmental catastrophe is at hand, as Charles Clover makes brilliantly clear. ... more

Seal wars: Twenty-five years on the front lines for the seals
by Paul Watson
Firefly, 2004, Cn$14.95pb

There�s a war going on at the ice floes off the east coast of Canada between the sealing industry (which includes the Canadian Government) and the crew of Sea Shepherd led by Captain Paul Watson. ... more

The Empty Ocean
by Richard Ellis
Island Press, Washington DC, Island Press/Shearwater Books, 2003, $26.00

Author and artist Richard Ellis says that he felt impelled to write this book as "a fire alarm in a burning building". It tells, with style and grace, the story of humanity's plunder of life in the sea and weighs the chances for its recovery. ... more

Coastal Waters of the World
by Don Hinrichsen
Island Press, Washington DC, 1998, $60hb

"Our coastal areas are suffering from gigantism," a civil servant from Bombay tells author Don Hinrichsen. "They are becoming like Frankenstein monsters: They are too big and out of control for us to manage." This fear of the current plight of the planet's coasts as the global population migrates to where water meets land is the thread running through this book. ... more

Song for the Ocean Blue
by Carl Safina
Henry Holt, New York, 1998, $30.00

Fifty years ago, Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac inspired a generation to begin conserving North America's wild lands and their wildlife. But while the terrestrial conservation movement grew and flourished, the oceans and their wildlife continued to suffer, largely out of sight and out of mind. ... more

Sea Change
by Sylvia Earle
Constable, London, �18.95

While the discovery of water on the moon makes international headlines, vast tracts of our planet, the deep oceans, remain largely ignored and uncared for. ... more

Reef Fisheries
by N.V.C. Polunin and C.M. Roberts
Chapman and Hall, London, 1996, �75.00

Coral reefs typify human dependence on the marine environment. The current global reef fish catch is around six million tonnes per year and represents up to 25 per cent of total fish landings in some countries, providing indispensable protein for coastal populations. ... more

Coastal Zone Management Handbook
by John R. Clark
Lewis Publishers, New York, London, Tokyo, 1996, $50.00

This is nothing less than a complete and thorough discussion of what everyone should know about coastal areas by noted marine biologist and author John Clark. It covers virtually every relevant topic in the broad field of coastal area management. ... more

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