Using marine mammal habitat modelling to identify priority conservation zones within a marine protected area

  title={Using marine mammal habitat modelling to identify priority conservation zones within a marine protected area},
  author={Helen Bailey and Paul M. Thompson},
One common approach to marine conservation is the designation of marine protected areas (MPAs). Marine mammals have been proposed as a target species for such areas due to their role as indicators of ecosystem processes. In NE Scotland, a large multiple-use MPA has been designated to protect bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus. We used broad-scale surveys throughout this MPA to model habitat preferences of different marine mammals. We aimed to investigate the degree of overlap between… CONTINUE READING
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