This is a major compendium of the existing knowledge of the ecology and management of tidal marshes by some of the leading experts in the field. The major theme of the book is the interconnectedness of the marsh, plants, marine organisms, soils and geology, energy and money flow, and legal and management effects on the system.
Emphasis is placed throughout on the fact that nature has provided a free service that can either be maintained and enhanced by man or destroyed and forever lost. At a time of declining fisheries, this book points the way to management strategies that are needed to effect improvement.
Table of Contents
The Setting and Function of Intertidal Marsh on Florida's Gulf Coast, Clay Montague and Howard Odum
The Geology and Geomorphology of Florida's Gulf Coastal Marshes, Frank Rupert and J.D. Arthur
Soils of the Intertidal Marshes of Florida's Gulf Coast, Charles Coultas
Vegetation of Florida's Gulf Coastal Tidal Marshes, Andre Clewell
Net Aerial Primary Productivity of Vascular Plants in the Gulf Coastal Marshes, Yuch Ping Hsieh
Marine Organisms Associated with Intertidal Marshes of Florida's Gulf Coast, William Kruczynski and Barbara Ruth
Terrestrial Arthropods of Florida's Gulf Coast Intertidal Marshes, Jorge Rey
Marginal Value of Coastal Wetlands to Florida's Commercial Fisheries, Frederick Bell and Gary Lynne
Emergy Evaluation of Florida Salt Marsh and Its Contribution to Economic Wealth, Howard Odum
Wetland Values and Valuing Wetlands, Clyde Kiker and Gary Lynne
Legal Protection of the Intertidal Marshes of Florida's Gulf Coast, Richard Hamann and John Tucker
Northern Gulf Coast Marsh Management, Kenneth Haddad and Edwin Joyce
A. Terrestrial Vertebrates of Florida's Gulf Coast Tidal Marshes, Michael Hubbard and C.S. Gidden
B. The Aquatic Insects of Northern Florida's Gulf Coast Tidal Marshes, Michael Hubbard
"Biologists and ecologists who need an introduction to management and regulation of coastal wetlands will find it useful, and all of the regulators struggling with concepts to which biologists refer will likewise be well advised to take a look at this volume."
-Journal of the North American Benthological Society