Special Issue: Marine Pollution Bulletin Volume 37, Numbers 8-12, 1999
The field of coastal habitat rehabilitation has been steadily growing over the last two decades. As salt marsh, mangrove, coral reef, seagrass, dune and other coastal systems have been increasingly subject to anthropogenic impacts, so research into techniques to rehabilitate these has burgeoned together with the implementation of projects to restore habitats.
A number of national (e.g. NOAA National Workshop on Goal Setting and Success Criteria for Coastal Habitat Restoration - 12-14 January 1998, Charleston, South Carolina; British Ecological Society meeting on Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems - 2-3 September 1997, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) and international workshops (e.g. International Workshop on the Rehabilitation of Degraded Coastal Systems - 19-24 January 1998, Phuket, Thailand) and meetings on habitat restoration were scheduled for 1997 and 1998. In these the success of restoration projects and methodologies in both developing and developed countries with boreal to equatorial coastal habitats were evaluated.
The purpose of this Special Issue was to bring together key research on habitat restoration in temperate and tropical latitudes in a single volume, to evaluate critically its effectiveness, and to provide a summary of the state of the art.
There were a range of questions and critical issues which the volume sought to address. They included: