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Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management

A Introductory Guide

By Tundi Agardy, John Davis, Kristin Sherwood, OleVestergaard
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People have been managing uses of marine and coastal ecosystems for centuries — from tribal authorities establishing marine tenure and taboos on resource use, to the modern era of complex governance. Yet today, the degraded condition of many seas and the overall decline in their diversity and productivity threaten our coastal communities and human well-being. The oceans’ ability to maintain their diversity and productivity, and to provide a wide array of valuable services to people, are being compromised.