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Marine hotspots of activity inform protection of a threatened community of pelagic species in a large oceanic jurisdiction


Requena, S and Oppel, S and Bond, AL and Hall, J and Cleeland, J and Crawford, RJM and Davies, D and Dilley, BJ and Glass, T and Makhado, A and Ratcliffe, N and Reid, TA and Ronconi, RA and Schofield, A and Steinfurth, A and Wege, M and Bester, M and Ryan, PG, Marine hotspots of activity inform protection of a threatened community of pelagic species in a large oceanic jurisdiction, Animal Conservation, 23, (5) pp. 585-596. ISSN 1367-9430 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 The Zoological Society of London

DOI: doi:10.1111/acv.12572


Remote oceanic islands harbour unique biodiversity, especially of species that rely on the marine trophic resources around their breeding islands. Identifying marine areas used by such species is essential to manage and limit processes that threaten these species. The Tristan da Cunha territory in the South Atlantic Ocean hosts several endemic and globally threatened seabirds, and pinnipeds; how they use the waters surrounding the islands must be considered when planning commercial activities. To inform marine management in the Tristan da Cunha Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), we identified statistically significant areas of concentrated activity by collating animal tracking data from nine seabirds and one marine mammal. We first calculated the time that breeding adults of the tracked species spent in 10 10 km cells within the EEZ, for each of four seasons to account for temporal variability in space use. By applying a spatial aggregation statistic over these grids for each season, we detected areas that are used more than expected by chance. Most of the activity hotspots were either within 100 km of breeding colonies or were associated with seamounts, being spatially constant across several seasons. Our simple and effective approach highlights important areas for pelagic biodiversity that will benefit conservation planning and marine management strategies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine conservation planning, marine-protected area, pinniped, satellite tracking, seabird, time-in-area
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Cleeland, J (Dr Jaimie Cleeland)
ID Code:148666
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2022-02-01
Last Modified:2022-03-09

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