Translating Marine Animal Tracking Data into Conservation Policy and Management.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

There have been efforts around the globe to track individuals of many marine species and assess their movements and distribution, with the putative goal of supporting their conservation and management. Determining whether, and how, tracking data have been successfully applied to address real-world conservation issues is, however, difficult. Here, we compile a broad range of case studies from diverse marine taxa to show how tracking data have helped inform conservation policy and management, including reductions in fisheries bycatch and vessel strikes, and the design and administration of marine protected areas and important habitats. Using these examples, we highlight pathways through which the past and future investment in collecting animal tracking data might be better used to achieve tangible conservation benefits.

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Cited Authors

  • Hays, GC; Bailey, H; Bograd, SJ; Bowen, WD; Campagna, C; Carmichael, RH; Casale, P; Chiaradia, A; Costa, DP; Cuevas, E; Nico de Bruyn, PJ; Dias, MP; Duarte, CM; Dunn, DC; Dutton, PH; Esteban, N; Friedlaender, A; Goetz, KT; Godley, BJ; Halpin, PN; Hamann, M; Hammerschlag, N; Harcourt, R; Harrison, A-L; Hazen, EL; Heupel, MR; Hoyt, E; Humphries, NE; Kot, CY; Lea, JSE; Marsh, H; Maxwell, SM; McMahon, CR; Notarbartolo di Sciara, G; Palacios, DM; Phillips, RA; Righton, D; Schofield, G; Seminoff, JA; Simpfendorfer, CA; Sims, DW; Takahashi, A; Tetley, MJ; Thums, M; Trathan, PN; Villegas-Amtmann, S; Wells, RS; Whiting, SD; Wildermann, NE; Sequeira, AMM

Published Date

  • May 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 459 - 473

PubMed ID

  • 30879872

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-8383

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-5347

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tree.2019.01.009


  • eng