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Seabirds in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem: current knowledge and research objectives


Mondreti, R and Davidar, P and Peron, C and Gremillet, D, Seabirds in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem: current knowledge and research objectives, Open Journal of Ecology, 3, (2) pp. 172-184. ISSN 2162-1985 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4236/oje.2013.32021


Seabirds are good candidates as ecological in- dicators, especially in under-studied ecosys- tems since they provide insights into marine ecosystem processes and functions at various trophic levels. Our review discusses salient points on the present status of seabirds in the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem; despite overall low seabird numbers and biomass, this region harbors 9 species of terns, one of the most threatened bird group worldwide, which are known to breed in various marine habitats of Andaman and Nicobar islands, in addition to the coastal areas of mainland. Further, we elaborate on employing seabirds as potential indicators of this ecosystem and how they outscore other taxa in this aspect. Finally, we argue that it is essentially to fill the gaps in our knowledge about the BOBLME, mainly about the interplay between seabirds, climate change and fisheries.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biomass, climate change, ecological indicators, marine pollution, primary productivity, pelagic, trophic levels
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Peron, C (Dr Clara Peron)
ID Code:92758
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-06-26
Last Modified:2014-08-01
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