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Observations of marine wildlife tourism effects on a non-focal species


Rizzari, JR and Semmens, JM and Fox, A and Huveneers, C, Observations of marine wildlife tourism effects on a non-focal species, Journal of Fish Biology, 91, (3) pp. 981-988. ISSN 0022-1112 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles

DOI: doi:10.1111/jfb.13389


A radio-acoustic positioning system was used to assess the effects of shark cage-diving operators (SCDO) on the fine-scale movements of a non-focal species, the smooth stingray Bathytoshia brevicaudata. The results revealed that the time spent in the array was individually variable, but generally increased when SCDO were present and that the presence of SCDO may have the capacity to elicit changes in the space use of B. brevicaudata. These results indicate that the effects of marine wildlife tourism may extend beyond the focal species of interest.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acoustic telemetry, ecotourism, elasmobranchs, movement, rays, shark diving
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Terrestrial biodiversity
UTAS Author:Rizzari, JR (Dr Justin Rizzari)
UTAS Author:Semmens, JM (Professor Jayson Semmens)
ID Code:120316
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-08-22
Last Modified:2018-03-22

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