|Title:||Coastal Zone and Estuarine Studies Division organization and activities|
|Author/Editor:||Gerald E. Monan, David M. Damkaer (editors)|
|Institution:||National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Seattle|
The overall objective of the Coastal Zone and Estuarine Studies Division is to provide information leading to the protection, development, and balanced growth of aquatic resources in concert with socially desirable uses of these resources. A fishery represents a complex of interactions between organisms, environment, social values underlying the harvesting and processing systems, and habitat uses. The role of the division is to carry out the research necessary to understand these interactions and to identify and solve problems within this complex. Division research is carried out within three tasks: Ecological Effects of Dams, Habitat Investigations, and Fisheries Enhancement. Specific objectives of the individual research efforts are given in subsequent sections describing each task within the division.