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Artificial Reef Evaluation

With Application to Natural Marine Habitats, 1st Edition

Edited by William Seaman

CRC Press

260 pages

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Beneath the coastal waters of the world lie thousands of artificial reefs. Some are old and retired freighters and ships that once plied the oceans of the world but now serve as habitats for marine life. Others are newer reefs that have been designed and built for specific applications. With the field of aquatic habitat technology continually growing, this book responds to the global need for a compendium of consistent and reliable practices with which to evaluate how well artificial reefs meet their objectives.

Artificial Reef Evaluation With Application to Natural Marine Habitats is a comprehensive guide to the methods used to document the performance of artificial reefs in coastal and oceanic waters. It is the first volume to combine the essential disciplines required for proper evaluation, including engineering, economics, biology, and statistics.

This work covers the design of reef studies, multi-disciplinary methods of investigation, data analysis, and examples of applying the methods to reefs built for different purposes. Further, the methods examined in this book apply to other benthic marine habitats, such as coral reefs or “live bottoms”, thus expanding the book’s relevance to a wider audience and enhancing research efforts in the field of artificial habitat technology.

Reviews

“The seven judiciously chosen and logically arranged articles (Chapters) of the book, contributed by experts in the field, provide very comprehensive information on different disciplines of reef evaluation. … The book provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary guidance to strategies and methods for evaluating the performance of artificial reef, especially the much neglected but important socio-economic aspects. Most of the issues and aspects discussed in the book are pertinent to the Indian context… Case studies and examples at the end of Chapters 3-6 impart the experience of field application of various methods and approaches. Self-explanatory illustrations are helpful to comprehend the subject by readers of different backgrounds. The extensive lists of references at the end of each chapter and a comprehensive index add to the utility of the book as an invaluable reference. This book is highly recommended to anyone working or aspiring to work on artificial reefs.”

— K. Vijayakumaran, in Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2, August 2006

“… is a relevant and timely publication catering to the information need. The book contains seven judiciously chosen articles (Chapters) by experts in the field. … The book is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary guide to strategies and methods for evaluating the performance of artificial reef, especially the much neglected and most important socio-economic aspects. Most of the issues and aspects discussed in the book are pertinent to the Indian context… Case studies and illustrations are helpful to comprehend the subject by readers of different backgrounds. The extensive lists of references at the end of each chapter and a comprehensive index add to the utility of the book as an invaluable reference. This book is recommended as an indispensable companion for anyone working or aspiring to work on artificial reefs.”

— K. Vijayakumaran, Mangalore R.C. of CMFRI, in Marine Fisheries Information Service Technical & Extension Series, No. 189, August/September 2006

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Table of Contents

Contents

Purposes and Practices of Artificial Reef Evaluation — W. Seaman and A.C. Jensen

Study Design and Data Analysis Issues — K.M. Portier, G. Fabi, and P.H. Darius

Physical Characteristics and Engineering at Reef Sites — Y.P. Sheng

Evaluation Methods for Trophic Resource Factors — Nutrients, Primary Production and Associated Assemblages — M.W. Miller and A. Falace

Fish and Macroinvertebrate Evaluation Methods — S.A. Bortone, M. Samoilys, and P. Francour

Social and Economic Evaluation Methods — J.W. Milon, S.M. Holland, and D. Whitmarsh

Integrating Evaluation into Reef Project Planning — W.J. Lindberg and G. Relini Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI039000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
TEC009020
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Civil / General
TEC010030
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply