This book brings together, for the first time, a series of experts in various aspects of the eutrophication of shallow estuaries. It provides a comprehensive picture of our current state of knowledge of these systems. The first half of the book contains case studies from Asia, Australia, Europe, and South Africa and covers both temperate and tropical waters. The second half contains chapters on water exchange, the role of the sediments, the response of both plants and fisheries to eutrophication, and the economic issues considered in management. Using a broad multidisciplinary approach, discussions go beyond the hows and whys of eutrophication to demonstrate how effective management can be and has been carried out. Management of any ecosystem is only as good as the level of understanding on which it is based, and this book has relevance to estuarine ecologists and environmental managers alike.