Mankind and the Oceans


The oceans play an important part in our lives, by controlling climate and weather conditions; hosting shipping, transportation, recreation and tourism; and providing us with food, minerals and petroleum. But a rapidly growing population -especially in coastal zones -and the resulting increase in industrial effluent, municipal sewage, and runoff from agricultural areas, as well as antifouling agents used on ships and aquaculture nets, and the excessive exploitation of fish stocks all seriously threaten the health of the oceans. To manage ocean resources and the environment reasonably we need well-designed scientific research, strong international networks, and public education. This book provides insights into our fundamental understanding of the relationship between the human society and the oceans, and it suggests ways to integrate the management of coastal and marine zones. Mankind and the Oceans contains important evidence of the role of the oceans in our survival in the twenty-first century. Focusing on regional and national case studies, the book emphasizes approaches that can help remedy human impact on the oceans. It contains valuable information on the ocean environment, including controversial issues such as fish stock depletion rates, plus the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. This book is a useful tool for policymakers, resource managers, graduate and undergraduate students, scientists, and anyone concerned about the role and future of our oceans.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Zafar Adeel
  • Nobuyuki Miyazaki
  • François Doumenge
  • Tomotoshi Okaichi
  • Machiko Yamada
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Tokyo
Publication year:
  • 2005


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