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Local drivers of change in Southern Ocean ecosystems: human activities and policy implications


Grant, SM and Waller, CL and Morley, SA and Barnes, DKA and Brasier, MJ and Double, MC and Griffiths, HJ and Hughes, KA and Jackson, JA and Waluda, CM and Constable, AJ, Local drivers of change in Southern Ocean ecosystems: human activities and policy implications, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9 Article 624518. ISSN 2296-701X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 Grant, Waller, Morley, Barnes, Brasier, Double, Griffiths, Hughes, Jackson, Waluda and Constable. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (

DOI: doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.624518


Local drivers are human activities or processes that occur in specific locations, and cause physical or ecological change at the local or regional scale. Here, we consider marine and land-derived pollution, non-indigenous species, tourism and other human visits, exploitation of marine resources, recovery of marine mammals, and coastal change as a result of ice loss, in terms of their historic and current extent, and their interactions with the Southern Ocean environment. We summarise projected increases or decreases in the influence of local drivers, and projected changes to their geographic range, concluding that the influence of non-indigenous species, fishing, and the recovery of marine mammals are predicted to increase in the future across the Southern Ocean. Local drivers can be managed regionally, and we identify existing governance frameworks as part of the Antarctic Treaty System and other instruments which may be employed to mitigate or limit their impacts on Southern Ocean ecosystems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Southern Ocean, climate change, fishing, pollution, non-indigenous species, tourism, Antarctic Treaty System, CCAMLR
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Protection and conservation of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Brasier, MJ (Dr Madeleine Brasier)
UTAS Author:Constable, AJ (Dr Andrew Constable)
ID Code:145036
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2021-06-25
Last Modified:2021-11-08
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