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Functional traits reveal early responses in marine reserves following protection from fishing

Functional traits reveal early responses in marine reserves following protection from fishing
Functional traits reveal early responses in marine reserves following protection from fishing
Evaluating the effectiveness of marine reserves in achieving conservation goals is challenged by the decadal scales over which biological systems respond following protection. Given that trophic interactions underpin community responses following protection and that complex ecological interactions make responses difficult to identify, quantifying changes in species traits may provide detail missed by traditional diversity measures, including information relevant to ecosystem functioning. We determine whether this is the case by comparing community metrics based on functional traits to taxonomic diversity measures associated with ‘no take’ marine reserves and partially protected, fished areas along eight degrees of latitude.
Conservation, effectiveness, fish, marine reserve, protected areas
1366-9516
876-887
Coleman, M.A.
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Bates, A.E.
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Stuart-Smith, R.D.
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Malcolm, H.A.
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Jordan, A.
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Knott, N.A.
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Malcolm, H.A.
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Harasti, D.
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Jordan, A.
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Coleman, M.A., Bates, A.E., Stuart-Smith, R.D., Malcolm, H.A., Harasti, D., Jordan, A., Knott, N.A., Edgar, G.J. and Kelaher, B.P. (2015) Functional traits reveal early responses in marine reserves following protection from fishing. Diversity and Distributions, 21 (8), 876-887. (doi:10.1111/ddi.12309).

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Abstract

Evaluating the effectiveness of marine reserves in achieving conservation goals is challenged by the decadal scales over which biological systems respond following protection. Given that trophic interactions underpin community responses following protection and that complex ecological interactions make responses difficult to identify, quantifying changes in species traits may provide detail missed by traditional diversity measures, including information relevant to ecosystem functioning. We determine whether this is the case by comparing community metrics based on functional traits to taxonomic diversity measures associated with ‘no take’ marine reserves and partially protected, fished areas along eight degrees of latitude.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 16 February 2015
Published date: August 2015
Keywords: Conservation, effectiveness, fish, marine reserve, protected areas
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science

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Local EPrints ID: 374507
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374507
ISSN: 1366-9516
PURE UUID: 7790f7a1-5ea4-406a-95fa-0745e8f57249

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2015 10:19
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 09:47

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Author: M.A. Coleman
Author: A.E. Bates
Author: R.D. Stuart-Smith
Author: H.A. Malcolm
Author: D. Harasti
Author: A. Jordan
Author: N.A. Knott
Author: G.J. Edgar
Author: B.P. Kelaher

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