Ecosystem-based management endeavors to find a compromise between the resource requirements of local communities, like this Chinese fishing village that heavily depends on marine resources, and the need for protection of marine ecosystems.
These resource pages provide information and tools for individuals and groups seeking to better communicate the concepts and principles of marine ecosystem-based management. This section of SeaWeb's Web site includes:
Ecosystem-Based Management Resources
· SeaWeb's Talking About a Sea Change: A Guide to Communication About Ecosystem-based Management is a tool to help supporters communicate to coastal stakeholders about the benefits of ecosystem-based management. Read more about the guide.
· Trade-Off! is a board game developed by SeaWeb and the University of Maryland in which players
take on the roles of different coastal stakeholders to negotiate uses and activities in a coastal community. Read more about Trade-Off!.
· COMPASS Director of Science Karen McLeod and Brown University marine ecologist
Heather Leslie have released Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans, a comprehensive guide to utilizing an ecosystem-based approach to
marine management. For more information on the book and to purchase a copy, go to SeaWeb's Amazon Bookstore.
Tools for Communicating: A resource exchange that includes Web sites with communications tools, opinion research, audio-visual resources and examples of ecosystem-based management in the media;
SeaWeb's Ecosystem-Based Management Outreach Projects: To support unique regional EBM initiatives or specific pieces of legislation supporting EBM, SeaWeb has identified and is involved with two pilot projects. We have formed coalitions with other non-governmental organizations at these locations to develop place-specific strategies and tools for an effective EBM outreach;
Glossary: Definitions for technical words used in this Web site; and
References: Key resources for more information about ecosystem-based management and communications.
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Unrestricted sewage wreaks havoc on sensitive marine ecosystems and often triggers harmful algal blooms. Ecosystem-based management plans would mitigate effluent discharge sites such as this sewage outfall near a coral reef in Delray Beach, Florida.