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Tropical marginal seas: priority regions for managing marine biodiversity and ecosystem function


McKinnon, AD and Williams, A and Young, J and Ceccarelli, D and Dunstan, P and Brewin, RJW and Watson, R and Brinkman, R and Cappo, M and Duggan, S and Kelley, R and Ridgway, K and Lindsay, D and Gledhill, D and Hutton, T and Richardson, AJ, Tropical marginal seas: priority regions for managing marine biodiversity and ecosystem function, Annual Review of Marine Science, 6 pp. 415-437. ISSN 1941-1405 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Annual Reviews

DOI: doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135042


Tropical marginal seas (TMSs) are natural subregions of tropical oceans containing biodiverse ecosystems with conspicuous, valued, and vulnerable biodiversity assets. They are focal points for global marine conservation because they occur in regions where human populations are rapidly expanding. Our review of 11 TMSs focuses on three key ecosystems—coral reefs and emergent atolls, deep benthic systems, and pelagic biomes—and synthesizes, illustrates, and contrasts knowledge of biodiversity, ecosystem function, interaction between adjacent habitats, and anthropogenic pressures. TMSs vary in the extent that they have been subject to human influence—from the nearly pristine Coral Sea to the heavily exploited South China and Caribbean Seas—but we predict that they will all be similarly complex to manage because most span multiple national jurisdictions. We conclude that developing a structured process to identify ecologically and biologically significant areas that uses a set of globally agreed criteria is a tractable first step toward effective multinational and transboundary ecosystem management of TMSs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:coral reef, fisheries, pelagic, deep sea, transboundary, management
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Watson, R (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:88350
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-01-29
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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