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Statement by Dr. Kenneth Sherman to the LME23 meeting

07 Jun 2024
Bibliographic Pathway to Sustainable Development of the World’s Large Marine Ecosystems

Participants of the LME23 annual meeting:

Since the initial symposium on Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) in 1984, at the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a growing number of peer-reviewed publications of LME assessment and management results have been published in 19 volumes and several hundred journal reports as part of the LME outreach activity with the marine science and management communities. In addition, a self-learning course on Large Marine Ecosystems assessment and management was developed by myself on behalf of NOAA and Professor Coleen Moloney on behalf of the University of Cape Town. It is our intention to incorporate the results of the annual annotated bibliography to the course material, thereby providing a continuous source of cutting edge LME assessment and management results. At present, a total of 15,000 learners have registered for the course which is free of charge. Certification of successfully completing the course can be arranged with the University of Cape Town for a small fee. Throughout the preparation of this bibliography we have followed the methodology in Part One previously applied by NOAA in 2016.

In the preparation of Part Two, as in Part One, the assessment and management of LMEs is focused on published results of LME assessments of productivity, fish and fisheries, pollution and ecosystem health, socioeconomics, and governance. The scientific foundation of the LME approach has been extended to include hundreds of abstracted peer-reviewed journal articles between 2017 to 2023. Copies of Part Two annotated bibliography will be available on request from IOC-UNESCO/UNDP.

  Dr. Kenneth Sherman

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