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European Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128190531, 9780128190548

European Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

1st Edition

Marine Mammal Conservation in Practice

Author: Peter Evans
Paperback ISBN: 9780128190531
eBook ISBN: 9780128190548
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th December 2019
Page Count: 322
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European Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: Marine Mammal Conservation in Practice presents an intimate view of the workings of international conservation agreements to protect marine mammals, detailing achievements over the last 25 years, identifying weaknesses and making recommendations that governments, scientists, marine stakeholders and the public can take to improve conservation efforts. The book is written by an experienced marine mammal scientist and award-winning conservationist, providing a unique synthesis on their status, distribution and ecology. In addition, it presents information on various conservation threats, including fisheries by catch, contaminants, noise disturbance, plastic ingestion and climate change.

This comprehensive resource will appeal to marine mammal conservationists and researchers, as well as environmental and wildlife practitioners at all levels.

Key Features

  • Offers an accessible review on how scientists study this challenging group of mammals to gather necessary evidence for conservation action
  • Illustrates, with striking images, all recorded regional species, including distribution maps, key threats and specific research methods
  • Includes contributions from leading scientists, conservationists, and members of government and international bodies, like IWC and UNEP


Researchers and practitioners in marine mammal conservation; undergraduate and postgraduate students in marine biology and environmental studies

Table of Contents

1. History of the ASCOBANS Agreement
2. Conservation Agreements for the Protection of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
3. Regional Review of Cetaceans in NW Europe
4. Systematic List of European Cetaceans
5. Conservation Threats
6. Conservation Research
7. Conservation Actions
8. Focus on the Future


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About the Author

Peter Evans

Dr Peter Evans has worked on marine mammals in Europe for more than 40 years. He was the founding Secretary of the European Cetacean Society, later its Chairman, and its Editor for 25 years. A member of several international committees, he has written and edited twelve books, mainly on marine mammals, and published around 200 scientific papers. He is the Director of the UK marine environmental research charity, Sea Watch Foundation, and lectures in the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor, Wales.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Sea Watch Foundation; Lecturer, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor, Wales, UK


"I could easily imagine a book on this topic without the extensive scope that the author includes, but it is this comprehensive nature that greatly enhances the volume. I found little to criticize here and what I found was nit-picky. The book ends with a short, direct, and what I would characterize as deeply honest chapter synthesizing the author’s personal thoughts regarding lessons learned, about ASCOBANS, and about conservation of marine mammals in general. In a world that can at times seem increasingly risk-averse and hyperfocused on optics, I found this chapter and its take-home messages to be refreshing, even more so because they are openly presented as his own opinions, with those of others also provided in seven stand-alone text boxes. This volume, celebrating the 25th anniversary of ASCOBANS, and with an explicit goal of giving insight into its successes and failures, provides an excellent framework for advancing such a challenging goal." --The Quarterly Review of Biology

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