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Vol. 43, No. 1, November 2004

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Coastal Ocean Institute

At the coast—where air, sea, land, and people meet
Coastal waters are the ocean’s first line of defense, and that line is showing many signs of stress. The first step in promoting effective stewardship is to recognize and document the problems; as you will read, we are far along in that regard. The challenge now is to move our scientific understanding forward to a point where we can reduce or eliminate some of these problems.