About this Research Topic
Tracking has emerged as a powerful tool to understand how, where and when marine megafauna may be exposed to anthropogenic threats. For example, in order to elucidate the ecological consequences of climate change, a detailed understanding of where marine animals go and the drivers of movements is required to predict future consequences. Monitoring the distribution and activity patterns of marine animals chimes with calls for marine spatial planning to become more fluid to reflect the dynamic nature of marine environments. Tracking also provides crucial information on marine megafauna directly interact with fisheries and offshore energy developments (e.g. renewables, oil, gas and deep-sea mining platforms), but also how they may be exposed to more pervasive threats such as marine pollution (e.g. light pollution, oil, heavy metals, chemical pollutants and plastic). Ultimately, tracking is proving instrumental for identifying and evaluating the effectiveness of management tools such as marine protected areas.
This Research Topic intends to highlight the multiple applications of tracking towards the prioritisation of conservation goals. We invite researchers working on different components of marine megafauna to submit manuscripts that address the use of tracking to guide conservation strategies and assist the development of marine spatial plans. We seek a broad taxonomic representation including studies on large fish (e.g. shark, tuna, and billfishes), sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds. We welcome all types of articles that provide insights into, but not limited to, the following aspects:
(1) environmental and climate change
(2) interaction with fisheries and shipping
(3) offshore energy developments and deep-sea mining
(4) marine pollution
(5) marine protected areas, as well the cumulative impacts of multiple stressors
Keywords: Biologging, Climate Change, Fisheries, Offshore Energy Production, Marine Predators, Marine Protected Areas, Movement, Pollution
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