Preface [chapter]

1993 Ecology of the Southern California Bight  
The Southern California Bight (SCB) encompasses the body of water lying between Point Conception on the Santa Barbara County coast and a point just south of the United States-Mexico border. The mild Mediterranean climate, broad sandy beaches, and rocky shores provide an ideal environment for a water-oriented playground used by millions of people who inhabit the shores of the SCB. However, the recreational and commercial fishing elements in the SCB are often in conflict with other elements,
more » ... ding the onshore industrial complex, offshore oil production, operations of one of the world's busiest seaports (Los Angeles-Long Beach harbors), and its use as receiving waters for municipal wastes.
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