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Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea$
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Cameron S. G. Jefferies

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190493141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190493141.001.0001

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Modern Threats to Marine Mammals

Modern Threats to Marine Mammals

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Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea

Cameron S. G. Jefferies

Oxford University Press

This chapter acknowledges that although the direct take of marine mammals remains a concern that must be addressed by any multilateral international convention and commission interested in marine mammal conservation, both the existence of multiple other threats and the evolving ethical relationship with marine mammals justify the creation of a new, comprehensive approach to marine mammal conservation and management. The current threats include climate change, by-catch, environmental pollution, ship-strikes, and ecotourism. The impact of these threats is exacerbated by persistent overarching concerns such as the alteration and loss of marine mammal habitat and the general degradation of the marine environment. This chapter studies the interaction among science, law, and the rational conservation and management of living marine resources. It also adds to the list of challenges by addressing the scientific basis of our interaction with marine mammals.

Keywords:   science, law, rational conservation, by-catch, climate change, pollution, ecotourism

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