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Marine Conservation Biology

Semester 2

History of marine conservation. Marine biodiversity. Threats to marine biodiversity: loss of biodiversity, vulnerability, extinction, biological invasions. Endangered, vulnerable, rare, endemic and priority species. Long-lived marine animal conservation. Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationships. Consequences of species loss on the provisioning of ecosystem's goods and services for human wellbeing. Ecosystem based management for sustainable use of marine resources. Political, legal and ethical issues of concern in marine conservation biology.