Top 10 principles for designing healthy coastal ecosystems like the salish Sea

Joseph K. Gaydos, Leslie Dierauf, Grant Kirby, Deborah Brosnan, Kirsten Vk Gilardi, Gary E. Davis

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Abstract

Like other coastal zones around the world, the inland sea ecosystem of Washington (USA) and British Columbia (Canada), an area known as the Salish Sea, is changing under pressure from a growing human population, conversion of native forest and shoreline habitat to urban development, toxic contamination of sediments and species, and overharvest of resources. While billions of dollars have been spent trying to restore other coastal ecosystems around the world, there still is no successful model for restoring estuarine or marine ecosystems like the Salish Sea. Despite the lack of a guiding model, major ecological principles do exist that should be applied as people work to design the Salish Sea and other large marine ecosystems for the future. We suggest that the following 10 ecological principles serve as a foundation for educating the public and for designing a healthy Salish Sea and other coastal ecosystems for future generations: (1) Think ecosystem: political boundaries are arbitrary; (2) Account for ecosystem connectivity; (3) Understand the food web; (4) Avoid fragmentation; (5) Respect ecosystem integrity; (6) Support nature's resilience; (7) Value nature: it's money in your pocket; (8) Watch wildlife health; (9) Plan for extremes; and (10) Share the knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-471
Number of pages12
JournalEcoHealth
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

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Oceans and Seas
Ecosystem
ecosystem
marine ecosystem
political boundary
estuarine ecosystem
inland sea
urban development
coastal zone
food web
connectivity
shoreline
fragmentation
Urban Renewal
coastal ecosystem
sea
British Columbia
habitat
Food Chain
resource

Keywords

  • Coastal ecosystem health
  • Georgia Basin
  • Marine
  • Puget Sound
  • Restoration
  • Salish Sea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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Top 10 principles for designing healthy coastal ecosystems like the salish Sea. / Gaydos, Joseph K.; Dierauf, Leslie; Kirby, Grant; Brosnan, Deborah; Gilardi, Kirsten Vk; Davis, Gary E.

In: EcoHealth, Vol. 5, No. 4, 12.2008, p. 460-471.

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Gaydos, JK, Dierauf, L, Kirby, G, Brosnan, D, Gilardi, KV & Davis, GE 2008, 'Top 10 principles for designing healthy coastal ecosystems like the salish Sea', EcoHealth, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 460-471. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-009-0209-1
Gaydos, Joseph K. ; Dierauf, Leslie ; Kirby, Grant ; Brosnan, Deborah ; Gilardi, Kirsten Vk ; Davis, Gary E. / Top 10 principles for designing healthy coastal ecosystems like the salish Sea. In: EcoHealth. 2008 ; Vol. 5, No. 4. pp. 460-471.
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