F. Concluding Comments

If we really want to set up global long-term monitoring of aggregations, it is going to be necessary to continue the "discovery component" of aggregation work at as fast a rate as possible. At present there are only a handful of sites that could even remotely be considered as adequately quantified to serve as true long-term monitoring sites. We need to be establishing such sites now, and many of the sites needed are not yet even known to scientists or managers. The sites that are known need to be studied and quantified in more, and in sufficient, detail, one of the major reasons we have gone to the trouble of writing this manual.