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Global political responsibility for the conservation of albatrosses and large petrels


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Beal, M, Dias, MP, Phillips, RA, Oppel, S, Hazin, C, Pearmain, EJ, Adams, J, Anderson, DJ, Antolos, M, Arata, JA, Arcos, JM, Arnould, JPY, Awkerman, J, Bell, E, Bell, M, Carey, M, Carle, R, Clay, TA, Cleeland, J ORCID: 0000-0003-2196-3968, Colodro, V, Conners, M, Cruz-Flores, M, Cuthbert, R, Delord, K, Deppe, L, Dilley, BJ, Dinis, H, Elliott, G, de Felipe, F, Felis, J, Forero, MG, Freeman, A, Fukuda, A, Gonzalez-Solis, J, Granadeiro, JP, Hedd, A, Hodum, P, Igual, JM, Jaeger, A, Landers, TJ, Le Corre, M, Makhado, A, Metzger, B, Militao, T, Montevecchi, WA, Morera-Pujol, V, Navarro-Herrero, L, Nel, D, Nicholls, D, Oro, D, Ouni, R, Ozaki, K, Quintana, F, Ramos, R, Reid, TA, Reyes-Gonzalez, JM, Robertson, C, Robertson, G, Romdhane, MS, Ryan, PG, Sagar, P, Sato, F, Schoombie, S, Scofield, RP, Shaffer, SA, Shah, NJ, Stevens, KL, Surman, C, Suryan, RM, Takahashi, A, Tatayah, V, Taylor, G, Thompson, DR, Torres, L, Walker, K, Wanless, R, Waugh, SM, Weimerskirch, H, Yamamoto, T, Zajkova, Z, Zango, L and Catry, P 2021 , 'Global political responsibility for the conservation of albatrosses and large petrels' , Science Advances, vol. 7, no. 10 , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abd7225.

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Migratory marine species cross political borders and enter the high seas, where the lack of an effective global management framework for biodiversity leaves them vulnerable to threats. Here, we combine 10,108 tracks from 5775 individual birds at 87 sites with data on breeding population sizes to estimate the relative year-round importance of national jurisdictions and high seas areas for 39 species of albatrosses and large petrels. Populations from every country made extensive use of the high seas, indicating the stake each country has in the management of biodiversity in international waters. We quantified the links among national populations of these threatened seabirds and the regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) which regulate fishing in the high seas. This work makes explicit the relative responsibilities that each country and RFMO has for the management of shared biodiversity, providing invaluable information for the conservation and management of migratory species in the marine realm.

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Authors/Creators:Beal, M and Dias, MP and Phillips, RA and Oppel, S and Hazin, C and Pearmain, EJ and Adams, J and Anderson, DJ and Antolos, M and Arata, JA and Arcos, JM and Arnould, JPY and Awkerman, J and Bell, E and Bell, M and Carey, M and Carle, R and Clay, TA and Cleeland, J and Colodro, V and Conners, M and Cruz-Flores, M and Cuthbert, R and Delord, K and Deppe, L and Dilley, BJ and Dinis, H and Elliott, G and de Felipe, F and Felis, J and Forero, MG and Freeman, A and Fukuda, A and Gonzalez-Solis, J and Granadeiro, JP and Hedd, A and Hodum, P and Igual, JM and Jaeger, A and Landers, TJ and Le Corre, M and Makhado, A and Metzger, B and Militao, T and Montevecchi, WA and Morera-Pujol, V and Navarro-Herrero, L and Nel, D and Nicholls, D and Oro, D and Ouni, R and Ozaki, K and Quintana, F and Ramos, R and Reid, TA and Reyes-Gonzalez, JM and Robertson, C and Robertson, G and Romdhane, MS and Ryan, PG and Sagar, P and Sato, F and Schoombie, S and Scofield, RP and Shaffer, SA and Shah, NJ and Stevens, KL and Surman, C and Suryan, RM and Takahashi, A and Tatayah, V and Taylor, G and Thompson, DR and Torres, L and Walker, K and Wanless, R and Waugh, SM and Weimerskirch, H and Yamamoto, T and Zajkova, Z and Zango, L and Catry, P
Keywords: breeding population size, fisheries management, global management, international waters, marine species, political borders
Journal or Publication Title: Science Advances
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
ISSN: 2375-2548
DOI / ID Number: 10.1126/sciadv.abd7225
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