Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia : an example of the co-existence of significant marine mammal populations and large-scale coastal development

Chilvers, B.L., Lawler, I.R., Macknight, F., Marsh, H., Noad, M., and Paterson, R. (2005) Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia : an example of the co-existence of significant marine mammal populations and large-scale coastal development. Biological Conservation, 122 (4). pp. 559-571.

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Abstract

Recent analyses assert that large marine vertebrates such as marine mammals are now functionally or entirely extinct in most coastal ecosystems. Moreton Bay is a large diverse marine ecosystem bordering the fastest growing area in Australia. The human population is over 1.6 million and increasing yearly by between 10% and 13% with resultant impacts upon the adjoining marine environment. Nonetheless, significant populations of three species of marine mammals are resident within Moreton Bay and a further 14 species are seasonal or occasional visitors. This paper reviews the current and historical distributions and abundance of these species in the context of the current management regime and suggests initiatives to increase the resilience of marine mammal populations to the changes wrought by the burgeoning human population in coastal environments.

Item ID: 348
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-2917
Keywords: cetaceans, dugong, coastal development, South-East Queensland, management
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Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2006
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 51%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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