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The structure of reef fish metapopulations: modelling larval dispersal and retention patterns


James, MK and Armsworth, PR and Mason, LB and Bode, L, The structure of reef fish metapopulations: modelling larval dispersal and retention patterns, Royal Society of London. Proceedings. Series B - Biological Sciences, 269, (1505) pp. 2076-2086. ISSN 0962-8452 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1098/rspb.2002.2128


An improved understanding of the dispersal patterns of marine organisms is a prerequisite for successful marine resource management. For species with dispersing larvae, regional-scale hydrodynamic models provide a means of obtaining results over relevant spatial and temporal scales. In an effort to better understand the role of the physical environment in dispersal, we simulated the transport of reef fish larvae among 321 reefs in and around the Cairns Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park over a period of 20 years. Based on regional-scale hydrodynamics, our models predict the spatial and temporal frequency of significant self-recruitment of the larvae of certain species. Furthermore, the results suggest the importance of a select few local populations in ensuring the persistence of reef fish metapopulations over regional scales.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean)
UTAS Author:Mason, LB (Mr Luciano Mason)
ID Code:49115
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:206
Deposited By:Australian Maritime College
Deposited On:2007-11-14
Last Modified:2011-11-25

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