[MARMAM] New book: Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises - 2nd Edition.

Rob Lott rob.lott at wdcs.org
Mon Aug 22 02:16:34 PDT 2011

Dear List members,

Here's another recently published book from Earthscan/WDCS that may be of interest.  Written by my friend and colleague, Erich Hoyt, the completely revised and expanded 2nd Edition of Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises builds on the success of the 2005 edition.

The process of protected area creation for marine mammals is accelerating and more than 200 exciting new places are featured along with some new case studies, and sections on setting up marine protected areas (MPAs) to address the threats of climate change and the growing specter of chronic and acute noise in the sea. A recurring theme is how to recommend and implement conservation action with the often limited data at hand. The book identifies the building of MPA networks as a route for dealing with the highly mobile habits of marine mammals, and it sketches out a future direction for a regional and international approach to habitat protection on the High Seas.

"An essential conservation tool....the bible for marine mammal habitat conservation" were the most common phrases in reviews of the first edition. This second edition provides a full update on this rapidly evolving field.

For the marine mammal researcher, MPA design, research, monitoring and management offer substantial new opportunities over the next decade as countries struggle to meet the ambitious targets for highly protected MPA networks by 2012 and 2020.

For more information and for ordering details, please go to:


For those who write reviews for popular, scientific or conservation publications, in print or online, you can request a review copy, cover jpg and other information, from erich.hoyt at mac.com.

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. A world handbook for cetacean habitat conservation and planning by Erich Hoyt (WDCS book published by Earthscan/Taylor & Francis, New York, London, 479pp, 2011)

A world poster map has also been produced showing all 740 proposed and existing marine mammal protected areas worldwide. You can download a free, high-resolution copy at http://web.mac.com/erich.hoyt/www.erichhoyt.com/MPA_files/MPAs4Whales_WorldMap_Poster_2011.pdf

- Rob Lott, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society

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