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The value of migration information for conservation prioritization of sea turtles in the Mediterranean
Mazor, T.; Beger, M.; McGowan, J.; Possingham, H.P.; Kark, S. (2016). The value of migration information for conservation prioritization of sea turtles in the Mediterranean. Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr. 25(5): 540-552. hdl.handle.net/10.1111/geb.12434
In: Global Ecology and Biogeography. Blackwell Science: Oxford. ISSN 1466-822X, more
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Keywords
    Migratory species; Sea turtles; Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; MED, Mediterranean [Marine Regions]; Marine
Author keywords
    connectivity; Marxan; Systematic conservation planning; Value of information; Mediterranean Sea

Authors  Top 
  • Mazor, T.
  • Beger, M.
  • McGowan, J.
  • Possingham, H.P.
  • Kark, S.

Abstract
    Conservation plans often struggle to account for connectivity in spatial prioritization approaches for the protection of migratory species. Protection of such species is challenging because their movements may be uncertain and variable, span vast distances, cross international borders and traverse land and sea habitats. Often we are faced with small samples of information from various sources and the collection of additional data can be costly and time-consuming. Therefore it is important to evaluate what degree of spatial information provides sufficient results for directing management actions. Here we develop and evaluate an approach that incorporates habitat and movement information to advance the conservation of migratory species. We test our approach using information on threatened loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean.

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