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Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation and Planning [Paperback]

Erich Hoyt
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May 2011

The first edition of the widely praised Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, published in 2005, led to numerous new marine protected area proposals and a number of notable conservation successes around the world.

In this completely revised and expanded second edition, new developments in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific are described, as well as future directions for High Seas protection. New sections show how to design and manage Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in an ever noisier ocean subject to climate change, increased shipping and hydrocarbon exploration. The process of protected area creation for cetaceans has been accelerated and more than 200 exciting new places are detailed in this edition. This book provides a route map for MPA managers, as well as countries, to meet the ambitious targets for highly protected MPA networks by 2012 and 2020.

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is a key conservation tool and a springboard for worldwide change in human attitudes toward the world ocean where all life originated and where the majority of life on Earth still lives.

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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844077632
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844077632
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,076,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

I am an author of books on wildlife and science for adults and kids; I like to tell a story that hasn't been told using my own style of narrative nonfiction. I am also a researcher and lecturer (working in Japan, Russia and many other countries). I like exploring new frontiers, trying new things...I have been very fortunate to work with various dolphin and whale species in many countries, as well as ants in the tropical rain forest.

My first book, Orca: The Whale Called Killer, tells the story of seven summers I spent living among three big "families" or pods of killer whales (orcas) off northern Vancouver Island, Canada.

In Seasons of the Whale, I follow several known humpback, right and blue whales through a momentous year in their lives -- a true story of the year that the North Atlantic Ocean began to "talk back" to those who cared about it as well as those who didn't.

In The Earth Dwellers, I get down to a few centimeters off the ground and trace several years in the lives of a colony of leafcutter ants and the scientists who study them in Costa Rica. In alternative chapters, I weave the story of the ants and the story of the scientists -- two well known entomologists (insect scientists), EO Wilson from Harvard and Bill Brown from Cornell who trade arguments, jokes, banter and science in their pursuit of the big find.

I loved researching and writing my latest 2014 book Creatures of the Deep, with its literary, historical, mythical and actual journeys to the bottom of the sea as well as along the world's longest mountain range (underwater) and starting from the tiniest organisms up the long food chain to the top predators. It's a story of a dark, high pressure, unexplored world and bizarre, little known creatures that communicate by touch, flashing lights and who knows what else.

These books are for adults but variously enjoyed by young adults and older kids. I have also written five other books just for kids including the 2013 award-winning (School Library Association shortlist) Weird Sea Creatures, with state of the art photos of deep sea creatures.

As a working scientist and conservationist, I also write scientific papers, reports and books such as Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. A world handbook for cetacean habitat conservation and planning (Taylor & Francis, London, 477pp, 2nd edition, 2011). I am Research Fellow with WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission - Cetacean Specialist Group as well the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and I co-chair the Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force. I also help direct the Far East Russia Orca Project, a long-term project with Russian scientists to understand the killer whales in the vast Russian waters.

I enjoy giving talks and illustrated presentations. In the past few years, I have been invited to speak in the UK, France, Portugal, Canada, Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, the US, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Monaco, Argentina and Chile. I especially enjoyed working in Japan giving simulated whale watch presentations at the 2005 World Expo (theme: nature's wonders) and at the World Whale Watching Conference and the Symposium: New Tales about Whales in Science, Society & Art, at the UN University, Tokyo, Dec 2010. My other talks are about "my life with orcas", "protecting the special places where whales and dolphins live", and the future of marine conservation, "creatures of the deep", and the best dolphin and whale watching around the world. I also give talks on writing popular science with a story: narrative nonfiction, and on preparing book proposals that sell.

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'With recent concerns about whale survival, this book could enhance support for establishing appropriate reserves. Recommended' -D. Bardack, Choice.

'Erich Hoyt's handbook is an admirable, timely, and highly welcome contribution to these efforts.  This will no doubt become the 'bible' of cetacean habitat conservation efforts.'  -Michael Stachowitsch, Marine Ecology

About the Author

Erich Hoyt is Senior Research Fellow with WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and heads its Global Critical Habitat/MPA Programme. Author of 17 books and more than 500 articles, reports and book chapters, he co-directs the Far East Russia Orca Project and the Russian Cetacean Habitat Project. He is currently a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Cetacean Specialist Group and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He lives with his family in North Berwick, Scotland.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In this profoundly important book, Erich Hoyt concisely maps out a network of Marine Protected Areas for cetaceans all over the globe. Although a second edition much of the material is new and the book is a bible for all those interested in the future of cetaceans in a changing world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the Whales Take Two. 15 Aug 2011
Erich Hoyt's second edition of Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is a masterpiece. I have to state a personal interest in the book as Erich is a colleague of mine at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and I reviewed some small parts of this text. Nonetheless, I think I can easily step back far enough from any personal interest to highlight to others the importance of this book. It is not simply an updated revision of the first edition, which was published in 2005, but a greatly expanded compendium of all matters relating to this key topic. It is also beautifully constructed and very well written (a mark of all of Erich's publications) and if you are seriously interested in whales, dolphins and porpoises or marine conservation more generally, you will be interested in this book and probably inspired by it too. Erich's vision is infectious and the book is his newest flagship for his vision. In the book's 464 pages he clearly explains why habitat conservation is key to saving these species, takes time to elegantly disentangle the necessary terminology and also tells us a lot about the animals along the way. His final chapter gives a comprehensive overview of relevant marine protected areas across a world divided into 18 regions. This book will be a valuable resource for those involved in marine conservation for years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vital resource for cetacean conservation! 25 Aug 2011
This informative and comprehensive second edition highlights how crucial marine protected areas are to the conservation of cetacean populations in a rapidly developing world. It describes how the reported success of marine protected areas can aid future protection strategies in conjunction with vital tools such as ecosystem based management. Clearly explained and beautiful composed, this book provides an essential resource for marine protected area managers, decision makers, students and individuals who are concerned with cetacean conservation.
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