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A new approach to selecting Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean


Harris, JW and Haward, MG and Jabour, JA and Woehler, E, A new approach to selecting Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, Antarctic Science, 19, (2) pp. 189-194. ISSN 0954-1020 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0954102007000260


Conservation of the high seas marine environment poses a significant challenge to policy-makers and managers. Marine conservation efforts are often hindered by the lack of data and the difficulties in addressing multiple, and typically conflicting uses. The majority of extant Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are in coastal or tropical regions within national jurisdiction. Conservation of high seas MPAs has emerged on the international agenda as a critical issue requiring the application of novel approaches, international cooperation and political will. Knowledge and understanding of the marine environment and data on marine biodiversity are all typically limited for the high seas, and the use of surrogates to assist in the identification of areas of high conservation value is one possible mechanism to address and potentially overcome these limitations. Drawing upon a database spanning more than 20 years and containing approximately 140 000 records of seabird sightings at sea, this study assesses the potential use of seabirds as surrogates for marine biodiversity in the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean. At-sea ranges, species diversity and the distributions of endangered species may be appropriate selectors or filters to identify areas with high conservation values. Integrating policy with science provides an appropriate mechanism to identify and prioritise MPAs in the Southern Ocean. © Antarctic Science Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments
UTAS Author:Harris, JW (Ms Jane Harris)
UTAS Author:Haward, MG (Professor Marcus Haward)
UTAS Author:Jabour, JA (Dr Julia Jabour)
UTAS Author:Woehler, E (Dr Eric Woehler)
ID Code:51266
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2008-05-19

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