Coastal population growth : the ultimate threat -- Coastal and fisheries resources in danger -- Managing coastal areas sustainably -- The Baltic and North Seas : in dire straits -- The Black Sea : facing collapse -- The Mediterranean Sea : caught between two worlds -- The Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America -- The wider Caribbean : abundance in the midst of scarcity -- Latin America : littoralization -- The South Pacific : water world -- The Northwest Pacific : sea dragons ascending -- Southeast Asia : a sea of islands -- South Asia : a sea of people -- The Arabian Gulf : politics and oil -- The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden : between two deserts -- East Africa : exploited coasts -- West Africa : the "dismal coast" -- A future for coastal seas. "Coastal Waters of the World is a comprehensive reference source on the state of the world's coastal areas. Don Hinrichsen presents the origins and implications of the overwhelming threats to our coastal resources and seas from population and pollution, unsustainable economic activity, and the lack of rational coastal management plans. The heart of the book is thirteen regional profiles, presented in a standard format to allow for ease of comparison, detailing the main population, resource, and management challenges facing each of the world's major coastal waters and seas." "Coastal Waters of the World will be a valuable resource for policymakers, management specialists, and students interested in sustainable coastal governance."--Jacket.