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Place-Based Ecosystem Management in the Open Ocean

abstract1 (full description below): in L. Crowder and E. Norse (eds.), Marine Conservation Biology: The Science of Maintaining the Sea's Biodiversity, pp. 302-327, Island Press).
Ecosystem Management. PDF/Acrobat file     2005. Norse, L, et al.

Our modern human brain evolved in the African savanna, where our ability to learn the rewards and perils of its vast landscape was the key to our survival. Now that humans have expanded far beyond our motherland, our success depends on our ability to handle the rewards and perils of ecosystems very different from the one that shaped us. Of these, none is larger, more complex, nor more difficult for people to fathom than the blue and black waters of the open ocean.