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The Wasted Ocean.

Problems with oceanic pollution, coastal erosion, and estuarine development, are chronic and sometimes severe. Many of them are detailed in The Wasted Ocean" by David K. Bulloch, published by Lyons & Burford, 31 West 21 Street, New York, NY 10010. One in the "Coastal Waters Series" of the American Littoral Society, this is not an envirornmental scare-story book; rather, it is more a citizen's handbook for marine protection and conservation that relates certain pollution problems to make its points.

The author, a former president of the American Littoral Society, begins with a brief overview of marine problems, and a look at the pollutants carried to the sea by rivers. This leads to a discussion of various stresses on estuarine resources and consequent biological changes. Another chapter addresses the problems with the coastal and high seas ecosystems. The various laws, regulations, and agencies that attempt to deal with problems of marine pollution and coastal development are also reviewed.

A latter chapter presents "the aquaphile's agenda," a review of major marine/coastal environmental issues that several environmental groups have agreed on as top priorities in coastal issues, including wetlands protection, reducing pollution at the source, stopping subsidies of flood-plain/estuarine development, setting up an "aquafund" to rehabilitate heavily polluted areas, and enforcement of environment protection laws. This is capped by a chapter on how the average citizen can become involved in helping to protect and restore coastal and marine environments. Appendices outline Federal pollution control and clean water statutes, agencies concerned with coastal waters, environmental groups active on coastal issues, and a glossary of assorted acronyms for terms or phrases that will be encountered in the process. Indexed, the 150page paperbound handbook costs $9.95 and is a straightforward and useful guide for citizens who want to work for a cleaner, healthier, and more productive marine environment.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 22, 1989
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