Accommodating dynamic oceanographic processes and pelagic biodiversity in marine conservation planning

 

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dc.contributor.author Grantham, Hedley S en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Game, Edward T en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lombard, Amanda T en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Hobday, Alistair J en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Richardson, Anthony J en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Beckley, Lynnath E en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Pressey, Robert L en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Huggett, Jenny A en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Coetzee, Janet C en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Van der Lingen, Carl D en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-23T12:31:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-23T12:31:40Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Grantham, H. S., Game, E. T., Lombard, A. T., Hobday, A. J., Richardson, A. J., Beckley, L. E., ... & Possingham, H. P. (2011). Accommodating dynamic oceanographic processes and pelagic biodiversity in marine conservation planning. PloS one, 6(2), e16552. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016552 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15311
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0016552
dc.description.abstract Pelagic ecosystems support a significant and vital component of the ocean's productivity and biodiversity. They are also heavily exploited and, as a result, are the focus of numerous spatial planning initiatives. Over the past decade, there has been increasing enthusiasm for protected areas as a tool for pelagic conservation, however, few have been implemented. Here we demonstrate an approach to plan protected areas that address the physical and biological dynamics typical of the pelagic realm. Specifically, we provide an example of an approach to planning protected areas that integrates pelagic and benthic conservation in the southern Benguela and Agulhas Bank ecosystems off South Africa. Our aim was to represent species of importance to fisheries and species of conservation concern within protected areas. In addition to representation, we ensured that protected areas were designed to consider pelagic dynamics, characterized from time-series data on key oceanographic processes, together with data on the abundance of small pelagic fishes. We found that, to have the highest likelihood of reaching conservation targets, protected area selection should be based on time-specific data rather than data averaged across time. More generally, we argue that innovative methods are needed to conserve ephemeral and dynamic pelagic biodiversity. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_ZA
dc.rights This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 en_ZA
dc.source PLoS One en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://journals.plos.org/plosone en_ZA
dc.subject.other Conservation science en_ZA
dc.subject.other Fisheries en_ZA
dc.subject.other Marine conservation en_ZA
dc.subject.other Copepods en_ZA
dc.subject.other Chlorophyll en_ZA
dc.subject.other Seabirds en_ZA
dc.subject.other Biodiversity en_ZA
dc.subject.other Habitats en_ZA
dc.title Accommodating dynamic oceanographic processes and pelagic biodiversity in marine conservation planning en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.rights.holder © 2011 Grantham et al en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Marine Research (MA-RE) Institute en_ZA
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