Two recent massive breeding failures in an Adélie penguin colony call for the creation of a marine protected area in D'Urville Sea/Mertz

Ropert-Coudert, Yan, Kato, Akiko, Shiomi, Kozue, Barbraud, Christophe, Angelier, Frédéric, Delord, Karine, Poupart, Timothée Antonin, Koubbi, Philippe and Raclot, Thierry 2018, Two recent massive breeding failures in an Adélie penguin colony call for the creation of a marine protected area in D'Urville Sea/Mertz, Frontiers in marine science, vol. 5, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00264.

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Title Two recent massive breeding failures in an Adélie penguin colony call for the creation of a marine protected area in D'Urville Sea/Mertz
Author(s) Ropert-Coudert, Yan
Kato, Akiko
Shiomi, Kozue
Barbraud, Christophe
Angelier, Frédéric
Delord, Karine
Poupart, Timothée Antonin
Koubbi, Philippe
Raclot, Thierry
Journal name Frontiers in marine science
Volume number 5
Article ID 264
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Frontiers Media
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-08
ISSN 2296-7745
Keyword(s) eco-indicating species
sea ice
breeding
foraging
marine protected areas
seabirds
extreme events
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Marine & Freshwater Biology
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary In the d'Urville Sea in East Antarctica, a population of roughly 20,000 pairs of Adélie penguins of Iles des Pétrels (Terre Adélie) has experienced two massive breeding failures, with no chick surviving the 2013-14 and 2016-17 breeding seasons. In both seasons the extent of sea ice in front of the colony persisted throughout the breeding cycle of the birds. The timing of sea-ice recession differed greatly between seasons and the absence of polynya in a crucial phase of the cycle were paramount in driving these failures. The change in the icescape in front of Ile des Pétrels following the calving of the Mertz glacier in 2010, together with increase in precipitations and changes in sea-ice firmness explain this situation and are discussed in the present manuscript. To prevent additional future impacts on this colony, like competition with fisheries for instance, we strongly support a scientific research zone in the d'Urville Sea-Mertz area, one of the three zones of proposed Marine Protected Area in East Antarctica to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
Language eng
DOI 10.3389/fmars.2018.00264
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018, Ropert-Coudert, Kato, Shiomi, Barbraud, Angelier, Delord, Poupart, Koubbi and Raclot
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