Journal article

Habitat as a surrogate measure of reef fish diversity in the zoning of the Lord Howe Island Marine Park, Australia

Malcolm J Lindsay, Heather M Patterson, Stephen E Swearer

MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES | INTER-RESEARCH | Published : 2008

Abstract

Marine reserves are being widely implemented as a tool for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation. Although the siting of marine reserves often includes a surrogate measure of diversity, the precision of these measures is rarely tested. To create the marine park at Lord Howe Island, Australia, the New South Wales Marine Parks Authority used habitat as a surrogate for community diversity. The aims of this study were to test the precision of habitat in predicting reef fish assemblage structure, and to investigate changes in precision when varying resolutions of baseline habitat data were available. To achieve this, visual counts of reef fish species and habitat surveys were conduct..

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