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1 Chapter 11: Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity The coastal zone may be the single most important portion of our planet. The loss of biodiversity may have repercussions far beyond our worst fears. – G. Carelton Ray

2 Case Study: Protecting Whales: A Success Story… So Far (1) Cetaceans: Toothed whales and baleen whales 8 of 11 major species hunted to commercial extinction by : International Whaling Commission (IWC) Quotas based on insufficient data Quotas often ignored

3 Case Study: Protecting Whales: A Success Story… So Far (2) 1970: U.S. Stopped all commercial whaling Banned all imports of whale products 1986: IWC moratorium on commercial whaling 42,480 whales killed in killed in 2009 Norway, Japan, and Iceland ignore moratorium

4 11-1 What Are the Major Threats to Aquatic Biodiversity? Concept 11-1 Aquatic species are threatened by habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, climate change, and overexploitation, all made worse by the growth of the human population.

5 We Have Much to Learn about Aquatic Biodiversity Greatest marine biodiversity Coral reefs Estuaries Deep-ocean floor Biodiversity is higher Near the coast than in the open sea In the bottom region of the ocean than the surface region

6 Natural Capital: Marine Ecosystems Fig. 8-5, p. 172

7 Natural Capital: Freshwater Systems Fig. 8-15, p. 181

8 Human Activities Are Destroying and Degrading Aquatic Habitats Marine Coral reefs Mangrove forests Seagrass beds Sea-level rise from global warming will harm coral reefs and low-lying islands with mangrove forests Ocean floor: effect of trawlers Freshwater Dams Excessive water withdrawal

9 Natural Capital Degradation: Area of Ocean Bottom Before and After a Trawler Fig. 11-2, p. 252

10 Invasive Species Are Degrading Aquatic Biodiversity Invasive species Threaten native species Disrupt and degrade whole ecosystems Two examples Asian swamp eel: waterways of south Florida Lionfish in the Atlantic

11 Invasive Lionfish Fig. 11-3, p. 254

12 Science Focus: How Carp Have Muddied Some Waters Lake Wingra, Wisconsin (U.S.): eutrophic Contains invasive species Purple loosestrife and the common carp  eat algae which stabilize sediment  fish movements & wind cause turbidity Dr. Richard Lathrop Removed carp from an area of the lake This area appeared to recover  native plants receive more sunlight

13 Lake Wingra in Madison, Wisconsin Fig. 11-A, p. 255

14 Case Study: Invaders Have Ravaged Lake Victoria Loss of biodiversity and cichlids Nile perch: deliberately introduced Frequent algal blooms Nutrient runoff Spills of untreated sewage Less algae-eating cichlids Water hyacinths: supported by nutrient runoff

15 Natural Capital Degradation: The Nile Perch In Lake Victoria Fig. 11-4a, p. 254

16 Water Hyacinths in Lake Victoria Fig. 11-5, p. 255

17 Population Growth and Pollution Can Reduce Aquatic Biodiversity More noise and crowding from humans Nitrates and phosphates, mainly from fertilizers, enter water Leads to eutrophication Toxic pollutants from industrial and urban areas Plastics

18 Hawaiian Monk Seal Fig. 11-6, p. 256

19 Climate Change Is a Growing Threat Global warming: sea levels will rise and aquatic biodiversity is threatened Coral reefs Swamp some low-lying islands Drown many highly productive coastal wetlands New Orleans, Louisiana, and New York City

20 Overfishing and Extinction: Gone Fishing, Fish Gone (1) Fishery: concentration of a particular wild aquatic species suitable for commercial harvesting in a specific area Fishprint: area of ocean needed to sustain the fish consumption of a person, country, or the world Marine and freshwater fish Threatened with extinction by human activities more than any other group of species

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22 Overfishing and Extinction: Gone Fishing, Fish Gone (2) Commercial extinction: no longer economically feasible to harvest a species Collapse of the Atlantic cod fishery and its domino effect Fewer larger fish More problems with invasive species

23 Natural Capital Degradation: Collapse of the Cod Fishery Off the Canadian Coast Fig. 11-7, p. 257

24 Science Focus: Clashing Scientific Views Can Lead to Cooperation and Progress Ray Hilborn disagreed Boris Worm with about the long-term prognosis for the world’s fisheries The two agreed to work together Developed new research methods and standards Examined maximum sustained yield Reported findings and prognosis in 2009

25 Case Study: Industrial Fish Harvesting Methods Trawler fishing Purse-seine fishing Longlining Drift-net fishing Bycatch problem

26 11-2 How Can We Protect and Sustain Marine Biodiversity? Concept 11-2 We can help to sustain marine biodiversity by using laws and economic incentives to protect species, setting aside marine reserves to protect ecosystems, and using community-based integrated coastal management.

27 Legal Protection of Some Endangered and Threatened Marine Species (1) Why is it hard to protect marine biodiversity? 1.Human ecological footprint and fishprint are expanding 2.Much of the damage in the ocean is not visible 3.The oceans are incorrectly viewed as an inexhaustible resource 4.Most of the ocean lies outside the legal jurisdiction of any country

28 Legal Protection of Some Endangered and Threatened Marine Species (2) 1975 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 1979 Global Treaty on Migratory Species U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973 U.S. Whale Conservation and Protection Act of International Convention on Biological Diversity

29 Economic Incentives Can Be Used to Sustain Aquatic Biodiversity Tourism Sea turtles Whales Economic rewards

30 Case Study: Holding Out Hope for Marine Turtles Threats to the leatherback turtle Trawlers and drowning in fishing nets Hunting Eggs used as food Pollution Climate change Fishing boats using turtle excluder devices Communities protecting the turtles

31 Sea Turtle Species Fig. 11-9, p. 262

32 An Endangered Leatherback Turtle is Entangled in a Fishing Net Fig , p. 262

33 Marine Sanctuaries Protect Ecosystems and Species Offshore fishing Exclusive economic zones for countries 200 nautical miles High seas governed by treaties that are hard to enforce Law of the Sea Treaty Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

34 Establishing a Global Network of Marine Reserves: An Ecosystem Approach (1) Marine reserves Closed to Commercial fishing Dredging Mining and waste disposal Core zone No human activity allowed Less harmful activities allowed E.g., recreational boating and shipping

35 Establishing a Global Network of Marine Reserves: An Ecosystem Approach (2) Fully protected marine reserves work fast Fish populations double Fish size grows Reproduction triples Species diversity increase by almost one-fourth Cover less than 1% of world’s oceans Marine scientists want 30-50%

36 Protecting Marine Biodiversity: Individuals and Communities Together Oceans 30% more acidic from increased carbon dioxide in atmosphere and increased temperature

37 11-3 How Should We Manage and Sustain Marine Fisheries? Concept 11-3 Sustaining marine fisheries will require improved monitoring of fish and shellfish populations, cooperative fisheries management among communities and nations, reduction of fishing subsidies, and careful consumer choices in seafood markets.

38 Estimating and Monitoring Fishery Populations Is the First Step Maximum sustained yield (MSY): traditional approach Optimum sustained yield (OSY) Multispecies management Large marine systems: using large complex computer models Precautionary principle

39 Some Communities Cooperate to Regulate Fish Harvests Community management of the fisheries Co-management of the fisheries with the government Government sets quotas for species and divides the quotas among communities Limits fishing seasons Regulates fishing gear

40 Government Subsidies Can Encourage Overfishing Governments spend billion dollars per hear subsidizing fishing Often leads to overfishing Discourages long-term sustainability of fish populations

41 Consumer Choices Can Help to Sustain Fisheries and Aquatic Biodiversity Need labels to inform consumers how and where fish was caught 1999: Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certifies sustainably produced seafood Proper use of sustainable aquaculture Plant eating fish best -- Tilapia

42 Solutions: Managing Fisheries Fig , p. 267

43 11-4 How Should We Protect and Sustain Wetlands? Concept 11-4 To maintain the ecological and economic services of wetlands, we must maximize preservation of remaining wetlands and restoration of degraded and destroyed wetlands.

44 Coastal and Inland Wetlands Are Disappearing around the World Highly productive wetlands Provide natural flood and erosion control Maintain high water quality; natural filters Effect of rising sea levels

45 We Can Preserve and Restore Wetlands Laws for protection Zoning laws steer development away from wetlands In U.S., need federal permit to fill wetlands greater than 3 acres Mitigation banking Can destroy wetland if create one of equal area Ecologists argue this as a last resort

46 Human-Created Wetland in Florida Fig , p. 268

47 Case Study: Can We Restore the Florida Everglades? (1) “River of Grass”: south Florida, U.S. Damage in the 20 th century Drained Diverted Paved over Nutrient pollution from agriculture Invasive plant species 1947: Everglades National Park unsuccessful protection project

48 Case Study: Can We Restore the Florida Everglades? (2) 1990: Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) 1.Restore curving flow of ½ of Kissimmee River 2.Remove canals and levees in strategic locations 3.Flood farmland to create artificial marshes 4.Create 18 reservoirs to create water supply for lower Everglades and humans 5.Recapture Everglades water flowing to sea and return it to Everglades Already weakened by Florida legislature

49 The World’s Largest Restoration Project Fig , p. 269

50 11-5 How Should We Protect and Sustain Freshwater Lakes, Rivers, and Fisheries? Concept 11-5 Freshwater ecosystems are strongly affected by human activities on adjacent lands, and protecting these ecosystems must include protection of their watersheds.

51 Freshwater Ecosystems Are under Major Threats Think: HIPPCO 40% of world’s rivers are dammed Many freshwater wetlands destroyed Invasive species Threatened species Overfishing Human population pressures

52 Case Study: Can the Great Lakes Survive Repeated Invasions by Alien Species? Collectively, world’s largest body of freshwater Invaded by at least 162 nonnative species Sea lamprey Zebra mussel Quagga mussel Asian carp

53 Zebra Mussels Attached to a Water Current Meter in Lake Michigan Fig , p. 271

54 Asian Carp from Lake Michigan Fig , p. 271

55 Managing River Basins Is Complex and Controversial Columbia River: U.S. and Canada Snake River: Washington state, U.S. Dams Provide hydroelectric power Provide irrigation water Hurt salmon

56 Natural Capital: Ecological Services of Rivers Fig , p. 272

57 We Can Protect Freshwater Ecosystems by Protecting Watersheds Freshwater ecosystems protected through Laws Economic incentives Restoration efforts Wild rivers and scenic rivers 1968 National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

58 11-6 What Are the Priorities for Sustained Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services? Concept 11-6 Sustaining the world’s aquatic biodiversity requires mapping it, protecting aquatic hotspots, creating large, fully protected marine reserves, protecting freshwater ecosystems, and carrying out ecological restoration of degraded coastal and inland wetlands.

59 Using an Ecosystem Approach to Sustaining Aquatic Biodiversity Edward O. Wilson Complete the mapping of the world’s aquatic biodiversity Identify and preserve aquatic diversity hotspots Create large and fully protected marine reserves Protect and restore the world’s lakes and rivers Ecological restoration projects worldwide Make conservation financially rewarding

60 Three Big Ideas 1.The world’s aquatic systems provide important ecological and economic services, and scientific investigation of these poorly understood ecosystems could lead to immense ecological and economic benefits. 2.Aquatic ecosystems and fisheries are being severely degraded by human activities that lead to aquatic habitat disruption and loss of biodiversity.

61 Three Big Ideas 3.We can sustain aquatic biodiversity by establishing protected sanctuaries, managing coastal development, reducing water pollution, and preventing overfishing.


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