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Australia's protected area network fails to adequately protect the world's most threatened marine fishes


Devitt, KR and Adams, VM and Kyne, PM, Australia's protected area network fails to adequately protect the world's most threatened marine fishes, Global Ecology and Conservation, 3 pp. 401-411. ISSN 2351-9894 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2015.01.007


In order to maintain ecosystems and biodiversity, Australia has long invested in the development of marine and terrestrial protected area networks. Within this land- and seascape, northern Australia represents a global population stronghold for four species of the world’s most threatened marine fish family, the sawfishes (family Pristidae). The distribution of sawfishes across northern Australia has previously only been coarsely estimated, and the adequacy of their representation in protected areas has not been evaluated. The calculated range of each species was intersected with Australia’s marine and terrestrial protected area datasets, and targets of 10% marine and 17% inland range protection were used to determine adequacy of sawfish range protection. Marine targets have been achieved for all species, but the inland range protection targets have not been met for any species. Results indicate that further protection of inland habitats is required in order to improve sawfish protection and habitat connectivity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sawfish, Pristidae, protected areas, marine reserves, national parks
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:127146
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-07-13
Last Modified:2018-08-22
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