Citation Information: Marine Policy; Volume 32, Issue 5, September 2008, Pages 759–761
Authors: Fanny Douvere and Charles Ehler
Abstract: When the authors of the Preamble to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) wrote this prescient phrase in 1982, few people realized how relevant it would become to the marine world of today. Scientists are calling increasingly to manage marine areas from an ecosystem perspective instead of the commonly used sector-by-sector approach, and considerable work has already been done on developing the conceptual aspects. In fact, conceptual work has dominated ecosystem-based management and the debate has too often remained scientific for the lack of practical evidence of what works and what does not.