The Diversity of the Seas: A Regional Approach

Author: Groombridge, B., Jenkins, M.D.
Date Published: December 1996
ISBN: 1-899628-03-7

Biodiversity Series 4

Marine waters cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface and open ocean waters comprise by far the most extensive major ecosystem on the planet, but its biodiversity remains poorly-known. WCMC, in collaboration with UNEP's Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme Activity Centre, produced a region-by-region account of select issues in marine biological diversity. Each account includes descriptive text on the oceanography, elements of biodiversity (including estimates of species richness and endemism), and a discussion of marine fisheries and their current status.