Review: MPAs for Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

MarineBio’s director of all things cetacean and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society’s Senior Research Fellow and Global Critical Habitat/ Marine Protected Area Programme Leader, Erich Hoyt, has just published the fully expanded and updated 2nd edition of his book on marine protected areas (MPAs) and cetacean habitats.

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Comprehensive almost seems like an understatement for this book, which includes great detail on existing and planned MPAs (including marine reserves, national parks, and sanctuaries in both national waters and the high seas) for cetaceans all over the world.

In addition, the book features extensive information on the history and background of cetacean protection, detailed characteristics of cetacean habitats, migratory patterns, global distribution, ecosystem-based management, and threats faced by cetaceans. The book is also loaded with maps, figures, illustrations, and case studies. Bonus information is provided throughout the book such as the view of MPAs in Iceland, how to set up an MPA, MPAs in Japan, etc.

This book serves as an excellent tool for scientists, conservationists and conservation groups, cetacean lovers, students, MPA managers, etc. Even whale watchers will find this book an indispensable resource for finding the best places to watch the 87 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises in 125 countries and territories around the world.

This fully updated, revised 2nd edition of Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, features new sections on:

  • the impact of climate change and noise on whale and dolphin (cetacean) habitats
  • the emerging strategies of employing flexible ocean zoning, spatial planning and networks to help solve the problems of creating and managing protected areas in rivers, estuaries, coastal waters, and on the ocean’s high seas
  • 100 new maps, tables and boxes which detail the latest information on some 500 existing and more than 200 new MPAs worldwide
  • A number of important areas presented in the book include case studies for what may become high profile campaigns in the lead up to 2012:
  1. the proposed Costa Rica Dome MPA is the first area in the world where endangered blue whales have been found to feed as well as breed and raise their calves;
  2. the proposed Ross Sea Marine Reserve is the last intact major ecosystem in the Antarctic with three different ecotypes of killer whales and minke whales.

Other areas featured in the book include the proposed Southeast Shoal of the Grand Bank MPA, with humpback, fin, sperm and blue whales on the high seas off the US-Canada east coast; and the proposed Hebrides Marine Reserve and Cetacean Critical Habitat Network in Scotland with resident Risso’s, white-beaked and bottlenose dolphins, minke whales and harbor porpoises.

The book is 448 pages, includes 20 color plates, 100+ maps, figures, tables & boxes, 10 case studies, a bibliography and index.

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Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (2nd edition)


Acknowledgements/List of Figures, Tables, Boxes and Case Studies/Prologue/Introduction

Chapter 1

From Whale Sanctuaries to Marine Protected Areas: Approaches to Protecting Cetacean Habitat

  • History of marine protected areas and cetaceans Ocean sanctuaries, marine reserves or parks: Which one and why?
  • Biosphere reserves: A strategy for thinking about protected areas Defining and managing for critical habitat

Chapter 2

The Value of Cetaceans for Place-Based Conservation

  • Introduction Red List assessment of cetacean species, subspecies and populations Cetaceans as assets for place-based conservation

Chapter 3

Planning Effective Protected Areas: Steps towards the Design, Establishment and Management of Protected Areas for Cetaceans

  • Introduction
  • Cetacean habitat needs
  • Checklist for creating better MPAs and PAs for cetaceans

Chapter 4

The Big Picture for Cetacean Habitat: Planning for Ecosystem Management, Networks and Ocean Zoning

  • The application of ecosystem-based management
  • Planning for climate change
  • Ensonification in an ever noisier ocean
  • Networks of protected areas
  • High seas MPAs
  • Marine spatial planning and ocean zoning
  • Other pragmatic approaches

Chapter 5

Habitat Protection for Cetaceans Around the World: Status and Prospects in the 18 Marine Regions

  • Introduction
  • Marine Region 1: Antarctic
  • Marine Region 2: Arctic
  • Marine Region 3: Mediterranean and Black Seas
  • Marine Region 4: North West Atlantic
  • Marine Region 5: North East Atlantic
  • Marine Region 6: Baltic
  • Marine Region 7: Wider Caribbean
  • Marine Region 8: West Africa
  • Marine Region 9: South Atlantic
  • Marine Region 10: Central Indian Ocean
  • Marine Region 11: Arabian Seas
  • Marine Region 12: East Africa
  • Marine Region 13: East Asian Seas
  • Marine Region 14: North and South Pacific
  • Marine Region 15: North East Pacific
  • Marine Region 16: North West Pacific
  • Marine Region 17: South East Pacific
  • Marine Region 18: Australia-New Zealand


References/List of Acronyms and Abbreviations/Index

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