Seamounts: Ecology, Fisheries & Conservation

Seamounts: Ecology, Fisheries & Conservation

Editor(s): Tony J. Pitcher, Telmo Morato, Paul J. B. Hart, Malcolm R. Clark, Nigel Haggan, Ricardo S. Santos

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405133432

Online ISBN: 9780470691953

DOI: 10.1002/9780470691953

About this Book

Seamounts are ubiquitous undersea mountains rising from the ocean seafloor that do not reach the surface. There are likely many hundreds of thousands of seamounts, they are usually formed from volcanoes in the deep sea and are defined by oceanographers as independent features that rise to at least 0.5 km above the seafloor, although smaller features may have the same origin.

This book follows a logical progression from geological and physical processes, ecology, biology and biogeography, to exploitation, management and conservation concerns. In 21 Chapters written by 57 of the world's leading seamount experts, the book reviews all aspects of their geology, ecology, biology, exploitation, conservation and management. In Section I of this book, several detection and estimation techniques for tallying seamounts are reviewed, along with a history of seamount research.

This book represents a unique and fresh synthesis of knowledge of seamounts and their biota and is an essential reference work on the topic. It is an essential purchase for all fisheries scientists and managers, fish biologists, marine biologists and ecologists, environmental scientists, conservation biologists and oceanographers. It will also be of interest to members of fish and wildlife agencies and government departments covering conservation and management.

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Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction and Characterization of Seamounts

  2. Part II: Biophysical Coupling on Seamounts

    1. Chapter 4

      Physical Processes and Seamount Productivity (pages 62–84)

      Martin White, Igor Bashmachnikov, Javier Arístegui and Ana Martins

  3. Part III: Biology and Ecology of Seamount Organisms

    1. Chapter 7

      Seamount Benthos (pages 117–140)

      Sarah Samadi, Thomas Schlacher and Bertrand Richer de Forges

    2. Chapter 8

      Corals on Seamounts (pages 141–169)

      Alex D. Rogers, Amy Baco, Huw Griffiths, Thomas Hart and Jason M. Hall-Spencer

    3. Chapter 12B

      Air-Breathing Visitors to Seamounts: Sea Turtles (pages 239–244)

      Marco A. Santos, Alan B. Bolten, Helen R. Martins, Brian Riewald and Karen A. Bjorndal

  4. Part IV: Synoptic Views of Seamounts

  5. Part V: Exploitation, Management and Conservation

    1. Chapter 17

      Large-Scale Distant-Water Trawl Fisheries on Seamounts (pages 361–399)

      Malcolm R. Clark, Vladimir I. Vinnichenko, John D.M. Gordon, Georgy Z. Beck-Bulat, Nikolai N. Kukharev and Alexander F. Kakora

    2. Chapter 20

      Management and Conservation of Seamounts (pages 442–475)

      P. Keith Probert, Sabine Christiansen, Kristina M. Gjerde, Susan Gubbay and Ricardo S. Santos

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