Journal article

Assessing the current state of ecological connectivity in a large marine protected area system

Kelsey E Roberts, Carly N Cook, Jutta Beher, Eric A Treml

Conservation Biology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

The establishment of marine protected areas (MPAs) is a critical step in ensuring the continued persistence of marine biodiversity. Although the area protected in MPAs is growing, the movement of individuals (or larvae) among MPAs, termed connectivity, has only recently been included as an objective of many MPAs. As such, assessing connectivity is often neglected or oversimplified in the planning process. For promoting population persistence, it is important to ensure that protected areas in a system are functionally connected through dispersal or adult movement. We devised a multispecies model of larval dispersal for the Australian marine environment to evaluate how much localscale connecti..

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