Restricted movements of juvenile rays in the lagoon of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia - evidence for the existence of a nursery

Cerutti-Pereyra, F., Thums, M., Austin, C. M., Bradshaw, C. J. A., Stevens, J. D., Babcock, R. C., Pillans, R. D. and Meekan, M. G. 2014, Restricted movements of juvenile rays in the lagoon of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia - evidence for the existence of a nursery, Environmental biology of fishes, vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 371-383, doi: 10.1007/s10641-013-0158-y.

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Title Restricted movements of juvenile rays in the lagoon of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia - evidence for the existence of a nursery
Author(s) Cerutti-Pereyra, F.
Thums, M.
Austin, C. M.ORCID iD for Austin, C. M.
Bradshaw, C. J. A.
Stevens, J. D.
Babcock, R. C.
Pillans, R. D.
Meekan, M. G.
Journal name Environmental biology of fishes
Volume number 97
Issue number 4
Start page 371
End page 383
Total pages 13
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht,, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 0378-1909
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Marine & Freshwater Biology
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Key habitats
Marine protected areas
Spatial ecology
Habitat use
Summary Little information is available on the movements and behaviour of tropical rays despite their potential ecological roles and economic value as a fishery and a tourism resource. A description of the movement patterns and site fidelity of juvenile rays within a coral reef environment is provided in this study. Acoustic telemetry was used to focus on the use of potential nursery areas and describe movement patterns of 16 individuals of four species monitored for 1-21 months within an array of 51 listening stations deployed across a lagoon, reef crest, and reef slope at Mangrove Bay, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Juveniles used a small (< 1 km2), shallow (1-2 m depth) embayment where three receivers recorded 60-80 % of total detections of tagged animals, although individuals of all species moved throughout the array and beyond the lagoon to the open reef slope. Detections at these primary sites were more frequent during winter and when water temperatures were highest during the day. Long-term use of coastal lagoons by juvenile rays suggests that they provide an important habitat for this life stage. Current marine park zoning appears to provide an effective protection for juveniles within this area.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10641-013-0158-y
Field of Research 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology)
0602 Ecology
0608 Zoology
0704 Fisheries Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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