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Too precious to drill: the marine biodiversity of Belize Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.; Pauly, Daniel

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DIRECTOR‘S FOREWORD (U. Rashid Sumaila). EDITOR‘S PREFACE. INTRODUCTION. Offshore oil vs 3E‘s (Environment, Economy and Employment) (Frank Gordon Kirkwood and Audrey Matura-Shepherd). The Belize Barrier Reef: a World Heritage Site (Janet Gibson). BIODIVERSITY.Threats to coastal dolphins from oil exploration, drilling and spills off the coast of Belize (Ellen Hines). The fate of manatees in Belize (Nicole Auil Gomez). Status and distribution of seabirds in Belize: threats and conservation opportunities (H. Lee Jones and Philip Balderamos). The seabirds of Belize and marine oil drilling (Michelle Paleczny). The elasmobranchs of Glover‘s Reef Marine Reserve and other sites in northern and central Belize (Demian Chapman, Elizabeth Babcock, Debra Abercrombie, Mark Bond and Ellen Pikitch). Snapper and grouper assemblages of Belize: potential impacts from oil drilling (William Heyman). Endemic marine fishes of Belize: evidence of isolation in a unique ecological region (Phillip Lobel and Lisa K. Lobel). Functional importance of biodiversity for coral reefs of Belize (Janie Wulff). Biodiversity of sponges: Belize and beyond, to the greater Caribbean (Maria Cristina Diaz and Klaus Ruetzler). Biodiversity, ecology and biogeography of hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from Belize (Lea-Anne Henry). Documenting the marine biodiversity of Belize through FishBase and SeaLifeBase (Maria Lourdes D. Palomares and Daniel Pauly). HABITATS. Evaluating potential impacts of offshore oil drilling on the ecosystem services of mangroves in Belize (Timothy Brook Smith and Nadia Bood). Bacalar Chico: Belize Barrier Reef's northernmost marine reserve (Mebrahtu Ateweberhan, Jennifer Chapman, Frances Humber, Alasdair Harris and Nick Jones). Preparing for potential impacts of offshore petroleum exploration and development on the marine communities in the Belize Barrier Reef and lagoonal ecosystems (Robert Ginsburg). A deep-sea coral 'gateway' in the northwestern Caribbean (Lea-Anne Henry). Natural and anthropogenic catastrophe on the Belizean Barrier Reef (Richard B. Aronson, Ian G. Macintyre and William F. Precht). Declining reef health calls for stronger protection not additional pollution from offshore oil development (Melanie McField). FISHERIES AND TOURISM. Fisheries based on Belizean biodiversity: why they're so vulnerable to offshore oil exploration (Eli Romero and Les Kaufman). Reconstruction of total marine fisheries catches for Belize, 1950-2008 (Dirk Zeller, Rachel Graham and Sarah Harper). Under the threat of oil: assessing the value and contribution of Belizean fisheries (Sarah Harper, Dirk Zeller and U. Rashid Sumaila). The economic value and potential threats to marine ecotourism in Belize (Andres M. Cisneros-Montemayor and U. Rashid Sumaila). APPENDICES. Conference Agenda. Letter of Scientists to Belizeans. Conference Participants.

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