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SeaWeb Ecosystem-based Management Resources
small fishing boats in China
© Wolcott Henry 2005/Marine Photobank
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.

  • What is Ecosystem-Based Management: A definition of ecosystem-based management, how it works and how it is different from conventional management strategies;

  • Benefits of Ecosystems: A description of the various types of benefits that humans derive from healthy ecosystems;

  • Implementing Ecosystem-Based Management: A list of actions consistent with ecosystem-based management, with links to projects and initiatives that are exemplary;

  • Communicating Ecosystem-Based Management: Suggestions and tips for developing communications about ecosystem-based management;

  • 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;
  • The Ecosystem-Based Management Community: Links to organizations and agencies with active or recently completed programs that promote or incorporate guiding principles of ecosystem-based management;

  • Glossary: Definitions for technical words used in this Web site; and

  • References: Key resources for more information about ecosystem-based management and communications.
Sewage outfall
Steve Spring/Marine Photobank
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.