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Improving spatial prioritisation for remote marine regions: optimising biodiversity conservation and sustainable development trade-offs

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dc.contributor Agr Environm Dept
dc.contributor Australian Fisheries Management Author
dc.contributor Arc Ctr Excellence Environm Decis
dc.contributor Western Australian Museum
dc.contributor University Of Western Australia
dc.contributor Curtin Univ
dc.contributor Dept Fisheries
dc.contributor University Of Queensland
dc.contributor Queensland University Of Technology (qut)
dc.contributor Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (csiro)
dc.contributor Government Of Western Australia
dc.contributor Csiro Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship
dc.contributor Curtin University
dc.contributor Civil Environm & Min Engn
dc.contributor Univ Queensland
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Sch Earth & Environm
dc.contributor Univ Western Australia
dc.contributor Arc Ctr Excellence Coral Reef Studies
dc.contributor Western Australian Fisheries & Marine Res Labs
dc.contributor Uwa Oceans Inst M096
dc.contributor Govt Western Australia
dc.contributor Oceans Inst
dc.contributor Dept Primary Ind & Fisheries
dc.contributor Uwa Oceans Inst
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science SAUNDERS, THOR MOORE, CORDELIA H. RADFORD, BEN T. POSSINGHAM, HUGH P. HEYWARD, ANDREW J. STEWART, ROMOLA R. WATTS, MATTHEW E. PRESCOTT, JIM NEWMAN, STEPHEN J. HARVEY, EUAN S. FISHER, REBECCA BRYCE, CLAY W. LOWE, RYAN J. BERRY, OLIVER ESPINOSA-GAYOSSO, ALEXIS SPORER, ERROL 2017-03-21T01:07:21Z 2016-09-06T03:44:42Z 2016-09-06T03:44:42Z 2019-07-08T02:13:37Z 2016-09-06T03:44:42Z 2017-03-21T01:07:21Z 2017-03-21T01:07:21Z 2019-07-08T02:13:37Z 2016-08-24
dc.identifier.citation Moore CH, Radford BT, Possingham HP, Heyward AJ, Stewart RR, Watts ME, Prescott J, Newman SJ, Harvey ES, Fisher R, Bryce CW, Lowe RJ, Berry O, Espinosa-Gayosso A, Sporer E, Saunders T (2016) Improving spatial prioritisation for remote marine regions: optimising biodiversity conservation and sustainable development trade-offs. Scientific Reports 6: 32029 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2045-2322
dc.description.abstract Creating large conservation zones in remote areas, with less intense stakeholder overlap and limited environmental information, requires periodic review to ensure zonation mitigates primary threats and fill gaps in representation, while achieving conservation targets. Follow-up reviews can utilise improved methods and data, potentially identifying new planning options yielding a desirable balance between stakeholder interests. This research explored a marine zoning system in north-west Australia-a biodiverse area with poorly documented biota. Although remote, it is economically significant (i.e. petroleum extraction and fishing). Stakeholder engagement was used to source the best available biodiversity and socio-economic data and advanced spatial analyses produced 765 high resolution data layers, including 674 species distributions representing 119 families. Gap analysis revealed the current proposed zoning system as inadequate, with 98.2% of species below the Convention on Biological Diversity 10% representation targets. A systematic conservation planning algorithm Maxan provided zoning options to meet representation targets while balancing this with industry interests. Resulting scenarios revealed that conservation targets could be met with minimal impacts on petroleum and fishing industries, with estimated losses of 4.9% and 7.2% respectively. The approach addressed important knowledge gaps and provided a powerful and transparent method to reconcile industry interests with marine conservation.
dc.description.sponsorship While conducting this research C.M. was supported by a joint Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Western Australia (UWA), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and CSIRO, immediately followed by a joint Research Associate position with Curtin University, AIMS and WA Fisheries. A synthesis workshop with co-authors to compile and analyse the data was supported by a UWA Oceans Institute Emerging Leadership Grant and an AIMS Visiting Scientist Grant. Contributions of current and historical species records were supplied by the Western Australian Museum, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), PTTEP Australasia Ltd, University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Western Australian Fisheries, INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd and Woodside Energy Limited. Fisheries catch data was supplied by Department of Fisheries (Western Australia), the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (Northern Territory Division) and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority. H.P. was supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship and ARC Centre of Excellence funding. M.W. was supported by ARC Centre of Excellence funding. R.J.L. acknowledges funding from an ARC Future Fellowship grant (FT110100201) to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CE140100020). en_US
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Nature publishing (Open) en_US
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dc.rights Attribution 3.0 Australia *
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dc.subject Great-barrier-reef
dc.subject Biological Diversity
dc.subject Management
dc.subject Science & Technology - Other Topics
dc.subject Reserves
dc.subject Protected Areas
dc.subject Species Distributions
dc.subject Multidisciplinary Sciences
dc.subject Network
dc.subject Gap Analysis
dc.subject Surrogates
dc.subject Prediction
dc.title Improving spatial prioritisation for remote marine regions: optimising biodiversity conservation and sustainable development trade-offs
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1038/srep32029
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000381853100001

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