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Harbour Ecology

Environment and Development in Poole Harbour

  • A clear-eyed examination of sustainable development in the coastal estuarine/marine context
  • Reflects on the paradox of protected yet polluted environments
  • In-depth consideration of the ecology of this major English harbour

    • aquatic ecology
    • Coming Soon
    • ecology
    • ecosystem
    • estuaries
    • marine biology
    • marine habitat
    • pollution


    Poole Harbour is protected and recognised, both nationally and internationally, for its ecological importance. However, it has also been classified as polluted and ‘eutrophic’. These twin designations – protected yet polluted – exemplify the condition of many English estuaries, making Poole Harbour a useful case study for elucidating the circumstances behind this apparent paradox.

    The outcome of a conference entitled ‘Spotlight on Poole Harbour: Environment & Economics’ organised by the Poole Harbour Study Group, this book consists of four main parts. After a short preamble, Part I, ‘Background’, provides a broad introduction to the harbour in terms of its pre-historical and historical significance for human communities and a conceptual overview of its modern character and uses. Part II, ‘Ecology’, contains chapters on subjects ranging from plankton to mammals. Insofar as they also consider anthropogenic aspects of the ecology, these contributions anticipate the remaining sections of the book, which deal specifically with aspects of the ecological service industries supported by Poole Harbour. Part III, ‘Fisheries’, covers recreational and commercial fishing and aquaculture, examining economic value and key shellfish species. Part IV, ‘Water Quality’, addresses those industries for which the harbour’s chemical and biological processes remediate various effluents, as well as some of the environmental consequences and noteworthy efforts to reduce such impacts. Part V, ‘Conclusion’, by the editors looks at certain general shortcomings of environmental legislation and regulation in the case of Poole Harbour. 

    A central concern throughout is the question of sustainable development in coastal estuarine and marine contexts, making this far-reaching study relevant well beyond the bounds of its primary geographical focus.

    Table of Contents

    Poole Harbour Study Group

    1 Introduction: Ecology and Economics in an Industrialised Harbour
    John Humphreys and Alice E. Hall

    Part I: Background
    2 An Industrial History of Poole Harbour
    David A. Humphreys
    3 The Archaeology of the Marine Shells of Poole Harbour
    Jessica Winder and Greg Campbell
    4 Developing Conceptual Ecosystem Models for Poole Harbour
    Eleanor Rivers and Roger J.H. Herbert

    Part II: Ecology
    5 The Planktonic Organisms of Poole Harbour
    Daniel J. Franklin and Andrew Powell
    6 Intertidal and Lagoon Macrofauna and Flora of Poole Harbour
    Roger J.H. Herbert, Richard A. Stillman, Kathryn Ross, Ann Thornton, Alice E. Hall, Jessica Bone, Leo Clarke, Elena Cantarello and Philip Pickering
    7 The Fishes of Poole Harbour
    Philip Pickering and Roger J.H. Herbert
    8 Waterbirds of Poole Harbour: Figures and Trends
    Kathryn E. Ross, Katharine M. Bowgen, Niall H.K. Burton, Roger J.H. Herbert and Richard A. Stillman
    9 An Overview of Seals in Poole Harbour
    Sarah Hodgson and Julie Hatcher
    10 Holes Bay Nature Park: Ecology and Human Activity
    Emma Rance

    Part III: Fisheries
    11 Fisheries of Poole Harbour
    Robert W. E. Clark
    12 A Tale of Three Fisheries: The Value of the Small-scale Commercial Fishing Fleet, Aquaculture and the Recreational Charter Boat Fleet to the Local Economy of Poole
    Chris Williams and William Davies
    13 The Manila Clam in Poole Harbour: A Journey to Sustainability
    Sarah Elizabeth Birchenough
    14 Ecology and Exploitation of Poole Harbour Oysters
    John Humphreys

    Part IV: Water QualIty
    15 Water Framework Directive Ecological Monitoring in Poole Harbour, 2007–2019
    Suzy Witt
    16 Wessex Water’s Environmental Improvement Work in the Poole Harbour Catchment during the Twenty-First Century, 2000–2019
    Ruth Barden
    17 Managing Poole Harbour Water Quality through a Catchment-based Approach
    Fiona Bowles
    18 Using Drone Surveys to Assess Opportunistic Green Algae in Poole Harbour
    Andrew Harrison
    19 Nuisance Macroalgae in Poole Harbour
    Suzy Witt
    20 The Potential Economic Exploitation of Macroalgal Mats in Poole Harbour and Other Channel Estuarine Systems
    Sinead E. Morris, Gordon J. Watson, Sophie Richier, Iain D. Green, Annesia L. Lamb and Daniel J. Franklin

    Part V ConclusIon
    21 Conservation and Regulation in an Industrialised Estuary
    John Humphreys and Alice E. Hall


    Bibliographic Information

    • 280 pages
    • BISAC TEC060000, SCI039000, NAT011000