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Preliminary survival and movement data for a declining population of flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes in Western Australia provides insights into marine threats

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Lavers, JL and Lisovski, S and Bond, AL, Preliminary survival and movement data for a declining population of flesh-footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes in Western Australia provides insights into marine threats, Bird Conservation International pp. 1-11. ISSN 0959-2709 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 BirdLife International

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S0959270918000084

Abstract

Seabirds face diverse threats on their breeding islands and while at sea. Human activities have been linked to the decline of seabird populations, yet over-wintering areas typically receive little or no protection. Adult survival rates, a crucial parameter for population persistence in long-lived species, tend to be spatially or temporally restricted for many seabird species, limiting our understanding of factors driving population trends at some sites. We used bio-loggers to study the migration of Western Australian Flesh-footed Shearwaters Ardenna carneipes carneipes and estimated adult survival over five years. Western Australia is home to around 35% of the world’s breeding Flesh-footed Shearwaters, a population which was up-listed to Vulnerable in 2015. During the austral winter, shearwaters migrated across the central Indian Ocean to their non-breeding grounds off western Sri Lanka. Low site fidelity on breeding islands, mortality of adult birds at sea (e.g. fisheries bycatch), and low annual breeding frequency likely contributed to the low estimated annual adult survival (2011–2015: ϕ = 0.634-0.835).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seabird movement, Western Australia, annual survival, apex predator, migration, tracking
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:128085
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-09-02
Last Modified:2019-02-19
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