There is increasing concern among scientists and the general public about the current state of marine fisheries and their supporting ecosystems. Recent scientific progress on this topic has been partly overshadowed by significant controversy on how to assess marine resources and how to address current problems in ocean management.
Natural communities may consist of hundreds of species. How do all these species coexist and why do some regions support more species than others?
The story most viewed by visitors to the NSF web site in 2006 was Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services, from NCEAS’ Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning Working Group.
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