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dc.contributor.authorJones, Esther Lane
dc.contributor.authorMcConnell, Bernie J
dc.contributor.authorSmout, Sophie Caroline
dc.contributor.authorHammond, Philip Steven
dc.contributor.authorDuck, Callan David
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorThompson, David
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Deborah Jill Fraser
dc.contributor.authorVincent, Cecile
dc.contributor.authorCronin, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorSharples, Ruth Jemma
dc.contributor.authorMatthiopoulos, Jason
dc.identifier.citationJones , E L , McConnell , B J , Smout , S C , Hammond , P S , Duck , C D , Morris , C , Thompson , D , Russell , D J F , Vincent , C , Cronin , M , Sharples , R J & Matthiopoulos , J 2015 , ' Patterns of space use in sympatric marine colonial predators reveals scales of spatial partitioning ' , Marine Ecology Progress Series , vol. 534 , pp. 235-249 .
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2381-8302/work/47531632
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-1969-102X/work/49052055
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-4409-5860/work/30363092
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7575-5270/work/56052217
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-1546-2876/work/56862198
dc.descriptionE.L.J. and D.J.F.R. were funded under Scottish Government grant MMSS001/01. D.J.F.R. was funded by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as part of their Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment programme. S.S. was part-funded by the EU MYFISH project.en
dc.description.abstractSpecies distribution maps can provide important information to focus conservation efforts and enable spatial management of human activities. Two sympatric marine predators, grey seals Halichoerus grypus and harbour seals Phoca vitulina have overlapping ranges on land and at sea but contrasting population dynamics around Britain: whilst grey seals have generally increased, harbour seals have shown significant regional declines. We analysed two decades of at-sea movement data and terrestrial count data from these species to produce high resolution, broad-scale maps of distribution and associated uncertainty to inform conservation and management. Our results showed that grey seals use offshore areas connected to their haul-out sites by prominent corridors and harbour seals primarily stay within 50km of the coastline. Both species show fine-scale offshore spatial segregation off the east coast of Britain and broad-scale partitioning off western Scotland. These results illustrate that for broad-scale marine spatial planning, the conservation needs of harbour seals (primarily inshore, the exception being selected offshore usage areas) are different from those of grey seals (up to 100km offshore and corridors connecting these areas to haul-out sites). More generally, our results illustrate the importance of detailed knowledge of marine predator distributions to inform marine spatial planning; for instance, spatial prioritisation is not necessarily the most effective spatial planning strategy even when conserving species with similar taxonomy.
dc.relation.ispartofMarine Ecology Progress Seriesen
dc.subjectHalichoerus grypusen
dc.subjectPhoca vitulinaen
dc.subjectDensity estimationen
dc.subjectPropagating uncertaintyen
dc.subjectSpecies distributionen
dc.subjectArea-based conservationen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectSDG 14 - Life Below Wateren
dc.titlePatterns of space use in sympatric marine colonial predators reveals scales of spatial partitioningen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Sea Mammal Research Uniten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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