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The report The Bering Sea Ecosystem assesses the current scientific understanding of the Bering Sea; reviews of the biology, geology, physics, chemistry of the Bering Sea ecosystem; discusses human uses of the ecosystem; and explores the nature of cause and effect in the ecosystem. It considers the implications for management and policy, and identifies research needs, including opportunities for interagency and international cooperation. The study committee was chaired by Dr. Robert C. Francis, University of Washington, Seattle.