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Biological Resource Management

  • By: Susan H. Weaver
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Biological resource management (BRM) refers to any programmatic science-based intervention designed to preserve, restore, or enhance the value of a biological resource. A BRM plan (BRMP) can focus narrowly on a single species, or, as is now more commonly the case, on the wider issue of biodiversity. BRM and habitat conservation and restoration are closely related, but BRM frequently involves economic considerations that habitat conservation efforts generally do not. Furthermore, given climate change, world population growth and its concomitant impacts, the need for BRM is becoming increasingly more apparent.

The fisheries industry was among the first to recognize the need for BRM in the mid-20th century when the problem of coastal eutrophication lead to dramatic declines in food fish production. The presence of elevated concentrations of ...

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