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Global political responsibility for the conservation of albatrosses and large petrels

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posted on 2021-03-03, 00:00 authored by Martin Beal, Maria P Dias, Richard A Phillips, Steffen Oppel, Carolina Hazin, Elizabeth J Pearmain, Josh Adams, David J Anderson, Michelle Antolos, Javier A Arata, José Manuel Arcos, John ArnouldJohn Arnould, Jill Awkerman, Elizabeth Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Carey, Ryan Carle, Thomas A Clay, Jaimie Cleeland, Valentina Colodro, Takashi Yamamoto, et al.
Migratory marine species cross political borders and enter the high seas, where the lack of an effective global management framework for biodiversity leaves them vulnerable to threats. Here, we combine 10,108 tracks from 5775 individual birds at 87 sites with data on breeding population sizes to estimate the relative year-round importance of national jurisdictions and high seas areas for 39 species of albatrosses and large petrels. Populations from every country made extensive use of the high seas, indicating the stake each country has in the management of biodiversity in international waters. We quantified the links among national populations of these threatened seabirds and the regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) which regulate fishing in the high seas. This work makes explicit the relative responsibilities that each country and RFMO has for the management of shared biodiversity, providing invaluable information for the conservation and management of migratory species in the marine realm.

History

Journal

Science Advances

Volume

7

Issue

10

Article number

eabd7225

Publisher

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

2375-2548

eISSN

2375-2548

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2021, The Authors