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Incorporating dugong habitats into the marine protected area design for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia.

Dobbs, K. and Fernandes, L. and Slegers, S. and Jago, B. and Thompson, L. and Hall, J. and Day, J. and Cameron, D. and Tanzer, J. and Macdonald, F. and Marsh, H. and Coles, R. (2008) Incorporating dugong habitats into the marine protected area design for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia. Ocean and Coastal Management, 51 (4). pp. 368-375.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2007.08.001

Publisher URL: http://www.elsevier.com

Abstract

Dugong habitats were considered in the design for the new zoning network for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as part of the Representative Areas Program. One of the specific design guidelines developed as part of the biophysical operational principles recommended that 50% of all high priority dugong habitats should be incorporated in the network of no-take areas. The high priority dugong habitat incorporated in no-take protection increased from 1396 to 3476 km2 (or 16.9-42.0% of all identified sites). Although this increase in protection fell short of the recommended 50%, overall the level of protection afforded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003 increased for all the locations identified.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Elsevier
Keywords:Biodiversity; Biophysics; Oceanography; Operations research; Biophysical operational principles; Marine Parks; Marine protected areas; Specific design guidelines; Ocean habitats; coastal protection; marine park; reserve design sirenian; Australasia; Australia; Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; Queensland
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries
Deposited On:20 Jan 2009 07:09
Last Modified:20 Jan 2009 07:09

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