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Seeing the ocean through the eyes of seabirds: a new path for marine conservation?


Lescroel, A and Mathevet, R and Peron, C and Authier, M and Provost, P and Takahashi, A and Gremillet, D, Seeing the ocean through the eyes of seabirds: a new path for marine conservation?, Marine Policy, 68 pp. 212-220. ISSN 0308-597X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.02.015


Seeing the ocean through the eyes of seabirds could help meet the challenges of managing common-pool marine resources both in protected and unprotected areas. First, seabirds are top-predators, exposed to all threats affecting the oceans, and this makes them ideal sentinel organisms for monitoring changes within marine ecosystems. Second, seabirds cross both ecological and political boundaries, and following their movements should help making interdependencies within and between marine ecosystems more visible. Third, seabirds are conspicuous and often charismatic animals, which interact differently with different groups of stakeholders and provide the opportunity to acknowledge and discuss each other's values and interests. In this paper, we present these research avenues using a seabirdsí view, for tackling marine conservation and management issues, and we give operational examples of implementation based on our work in the English Channel.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biologging, animal-borne imaging, surrogate species, public participation, marine protected areas, social-ecological systems
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Population ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Peron, C (Dr Clara Peron)
ID Code:114855
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-03-01
Last Modified:2018-04-20

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