About this series
The human race has always depended upon, and gravitated to the borders of, the sea, and in times of economic pressure, the sea has perhaps received even enhanced focus. However, the sea’s resources are not finite, and the sea, coastal and deep, simply cannot continue to absorb unwanted products of mankind in ever-increasing quantities. The need for better understanding of anthropogenic effects on and the results of uses of the sea has always been important, and is now crucial. This series seeks to address that need for more knowledge and understanding of the sea, and to place at the disposal of decision- and policy-makers, scientists and the educated public, potential and actual stakeholders the crucial information needed to take humanity into the future in a manner that enhances ability to make sound judgement on the use of the sea as a sustainable resource. The resources themselves are not the primary focus of this series, but the system within which they operate is. Consequently, the series will seek to publish regularly quality material related to the effects of marine renewable energy generation, marine spatial planning, including the optimal establishment of special areas of conservation, marine protected areas and no-take zones, climate impacts (including sea-level changes), the ecosystem approach to management (including resource management where appropriate), and the importance of sustainability and in some cases recovery activities back to sustainable levels.