Life in the Slow Lane: Ecology and Conservation of Long-Lived Marine Animals


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J. Musick, editor

260 pages

Published by American Fisheries Society

Publication date: 1999



Symposium 23

This symposium proceedings examines several diverse groups of marine animals whose common life history traits make them unusually liable to human-induced population reductions. With long life-spans, slow growth rates, late maturity, and often relatively few young, these vulnerable animals may benefit from similar conservation strategies. Among these are most species of sharks and sea turtles, many cetaceans, sturgeons, and some teleosts (including groupers and Pacific rockfishes), as well as some seabirds and seals. The 20 papers in this volume cover life history, genetics, and population issues of these animals, as well as their management and conservation options.

Table of Contents



Musick, J. A. Ecology and conservation of long-lived marine animals.


Stevens, J. Variable resilience to fishing pressure in two sharks: the significance of different ecological and life history parameters.

Grimes, C. B. and S. C. Turner. The complex life history of tilefish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, and vulnerability to exploitation.

Sedberry, G. R., C. A. P. Andrade, J. L. Carlin, R. W. Chapman, B. E. Luckhurst, C. S. Manooch III, G. Menezes, B. Thomsen, and G. F. Ulrich. Wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) in the north Atlantic: fisheries, biology and management of a widely distributed and long-lived fish.

Russel, R. W. Comparative demography and life-history tactics of seabirds: implications for conservation and marine monitoring.

Burton, E. B., A. H. Andrews, K. H. Coale and G. M. Cailliet. Application of radiometric age determination to three long-lived fishes using210Pb:226Ra disequilibria in calcified structures: a review.

Chaloupka, M. and M. Osmond. Spatial and seasonal distribution of humpback whales in the Great Barrier Reef region.


Brault, S. When are there “too few” newborns in small populations of marine mammals?

Cortes, E. A stochastic stage-based population model of the sandbar shark in the western North Atlantic.

Heppell, S. S., L. B. Crowder, and T. R. Menzel. Life table analysis of long-lived marine species, with implications for conservation and management.

Simpfendorfer, C. A. Demographic analysis of the dusky shark fishery in south-western Australia.


Heist, E. J. A review of population genetics in sharks.

Chapman, R. W., G. R. Sedberry, and J. McGovern. The genetic consequences of reproductive variance: studies of species with different longevities.


Ragen, T. J. Human activities affecting the population trends of the Hawaiian monk seal.

Crouse, D. The consequences of delayed maturity in a human-dominated world.

Secor, D. H. and J. Waldman. Historical abundance of Delaware Bay Atlantic sturgeon and potential rate of recovery.

Huntsman, G. R. Groupers (Serranidae, Epinephelinae): endangered apex predators of reef communities.

Coleman, F. C., C. C. Koenig, A. M. Eklund, and C. B. Grimes. Management and conservation of temperate reef fishes in the grouper- snapper complex of the southeastern United States.

Punt, A. E. and D. M. Smith. Management of long-lived marine resources: a comparison of feedback-control management procedures.