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Translating marine animal tracking data into conservation policy and management

Hays, GC, Bailey, H, Bograd, SJ, Bowen, WD, Campagna, C, Carmichael, RH, Casale, P, Chiaradia, A, Costa, DP, Cuevas, E, Nico de Bruyn, PJ, Dias, MP, Duarte, CM, Dunn, DC, Dutton, PH, Esteban, N, Friedlaender, A, Goetz, KT, Godley, BJ, Halpin, PN, Hamann, M, Hammerschlag, N, Harcourt, R, Harrison, AL, Hazen, EL, Heupel, MR, Hoyt, E, Humphries, NE, Kot, CY, Lea, JSE, Marsh, H, Maxwell, SM, McMahon, CR, Notarbartolo di Sciara, G, Palacios, DM, Phillips, RA, Righton, D, Schofield, G, Seminoff, JA, Simpfendorfer, CA, Sims, DW, Takahashi, A, Tetley, MJ, Thums, M, Trathan, PN, Villegas-Amtmann, S, Wells, RS, Whiting, SD, Wildermann, NE and Sequeira, AMM 2019 , 'Translating marine animal tracking data into conservation policy and management' , Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 34, no. 5 , pp. 459-473 , doi:

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There have been efforts around the globe to track individuals of many marine species and assess their movements and distribution, with the putative goal of supporting their conservation and management. Determining whether, and how, tracking data have been successfully applied to address real-world conservation issues is, however, difficult. Here, we compile a broad range of case studies from diverse marine taxa to show how tracking data have helped inform conservation policy and management, including reductions in fisheries bycatch and vessel strikes, and the design and administration of marine protected areas and important habitats. Using these examples, we highlight pathways through which the past and future investment in collecting animal tracking data might be better used to achieve tangible conservation benefits.

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Authors/Creators:Hays, GC and Bailey, H and Bograd, SJ and Bowen, WD and Campagna, C and Carmichael, RH and Casale, P and Chiaradia, A and Costa, DP and Cuevas, E and Nico de Bruyn, PJ and Dias, MP and Duarte, CM and Dunn, DC and Dutton, PH and Esteban, N and Friedlaender, A and Goetz, KT and Godley, BJ and Halpin, PN and Hamann, M and Hammerschlag, N and Harcourt, R and Harrison, AL and Hazen, EL and Heupel, MR and Hoyt, E and Humphries, NE and Kot, CY and Lea, JSE and Marsh, H and Maxwell, SM and McMahon, CR and Notarbartolo di Sciara, G and Palacios, DM and Phillips, RA and Righton, D and Schofield, G and Seminoff, JA and Simpfendorfer, CA and Sims, DW and Takahashi, A and Tetley, MJ and Thums, M and Trathan, PN and Villegas-Amtmann, S and Wells, RS and Whiting, SD and Wildermann, NE and Sequeira, AMM
Keywords: marine mammals, tracking data, conservation, management
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher: Elsevier Science London
ISSN: 0169-5347
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