About this Research Topic
Understanding movement patterns, migrations, and connectivity of large pelagic sharks is needed to better understand population structure and to implement spatially explicit management strategies. Many shark species provide an important role in ecosystem stability since they are top consumers in the food web, but can be difficult to study due to their mobility, often traversing over multiple jurisdictional boundaries, ecosystems, and habitats. Consequently, a suite of approaches are needed in order to better understand movement and connectivity of large pelagic sharks and what driving mechanisms may be important. This special issue will incorporate studies using a variety of techniques including tagging methods (e.g., acoustic telemetry, archival tagging) and natural tracers (e.g., stable isotopes, hard part analyses) to provide a more complete picture of the environmental and oceanographic conditions that influence movement of these species and can be used in ecosystem-based fisheries management.
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Keywords: habitat use, movement, sharks
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