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Observations of marine wildlife tourism effects on a non-focal species

Rizzari, JR ORCID: 0000-0002-3108-9613, Semmens, JM ORCID: 0000-0003-1742-6692, Fox, A and Huveneers, C 2017 , 'Observations of marine wildlife tourism effects on a non-focal species' , Journal of Fish Biology, vol. 91, no. 3 , pp. 981-988 , doi: 10.1111/jfb.13389.

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Abstract

A radio-acoustic positioning system was used to assess the effects of shark cage-diving operators (SCDO) on the fine-scale movements of a non-focal species, the smooth stingray Bathytoshia brevicaudata. The results revealed that the time spent in the array was individually variable, but generally increased when SCDO were present and that the presence of SCDO may have the capacity to elicit changes in the space use of B. brevicaudata. These results indicate that the effects of marine wildlife tourism may extend beyond the focal species of interest.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rizzari, JR and Semmens, JM and Fox, A and Huveneers, C
Keywords: acoustic telemetry, ecotourism, elasmobranchs, movement, rays, shark diving
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Fish Biology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0022-1112
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jfb.13389
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© 2017 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles

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