From above and below: identification of key areas for pelagic wildlife conservation

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Abstract

Pelagic wildlife species play important functional roles in the ecosystems they inhabit. However, the expansion and intensification of human activities in the ocean are responsible for global population declines of pelagic wildlife. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are widely recognised as an effective tool for marine biodiversity conservation. However, building effective MPAs requires representative coverage of pelagic habitats and species diversity. My thesis uses non-invasive video methods to characterise key areas for pelagic wildlife conservation in oceanic and coastal MPAs. I provide benchmarks of pelagic wildlife against which future changes can be compared, informing policy, management, and conservation of pelagic species.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Meeuwig, Jessica, Supervisor
  • Zeller, Dirk, Supervisor
  • McAuley, Rory, Supervisor
  • Hearn, Alex R., Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date23 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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