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Role of habitat mapping in marine protected area planning - a case study in the Bruny bioregion, Tasmania


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Jordan, AR and Barrett, NS 2002 , 'Role of habitat mapping in marine protected area planning - a case study in the Bruny bioregion, Tasmania', paper presented at the World Congress on Aquatic Protected Areas, August, 2002, Cairns, Australia.

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Mapping of coastal seabed habitats throughout the Bruny bioregion has proved to be an essential tool
needed to determine Marine Protected Area (MPA) options in a ecologically complex bioregion, to select
appropriate boundaries and to ensure that protected areas are comprehensive, representative and adequate.
This has been achieved through the accurate definition of habitat boundaries and description of the
dominant macroalgae and seagrass assemblages. Suggestions for potential MPA locations can be objectively
derived from the mapping results in a process aimed at maximising the habitat diversity for each location.
However, substantial additional biological information is also required if the protection of small-scale
unique features or species distribution is to be an important component of the MPA planning process. Much
of this information already exists but requires analysis within an MPA framework and incorporation into a
comprehensive Geographic Information System. A habitat management strategy, together with MPAs and
appropriate fisheries and land use management, would provide the flexibility required to conserve coastal
and estuarine biodiversity within the Bruny bioregion, Tasmania, in the long term.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Authors/Creators:Jordan, AR and Barrett, NS
Journal or Publication Title: Aquatic Protected Areas. What works best and how do we know? Proceedings of the World Congress on Aquatic Protected Areas Cairns, Australia- August 2002
ISSN: ISBN 0-646-43022-X
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