Reef shark movements relative to a coastal marine protected area

Conrad W. Speed, Mark G. Meekan, I.C. Field, C.R. McMahon, R.G. Harcourt, J.D. Stevens, R.C. Babcock, R.D. Pillans, C.J.A. Bradshaw

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© 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Marine protected areas (MPA) are one management tool that can potentially reduce declining shark populations. Protected-area design should be based on detailed movements of target animals; however, such data are lacking for most species. To address this, 25 sharks from three species were tagged with acoustic transmitters and monitored with a network of 103 receivers to determine the use of a protected area at Mangrove Bay, Western Australia. Movements of a subset of 12 individuals (Carcharhinus melanopterus [n=7]), C. amblyrhynchos [n=2], and Negaprion acutidens [n=3]) were analysed over two years. Residency for all species ranged between 12 and 96%. Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos had
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalRegional Studies in Marine Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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