The structure of reef fish metapopulations: modelling larval dispersal and retention patterns

James, Maurice K., Armsworth, Paul R., Mason, Luciano B., and Bode, Lance (2002) The structure of reef fish metapopulations: modelling larval dispersal and retention patterns. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 269. pp. 2079-2086.

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An improved understanding of the dispersal patterns of marine organisms is a prerequisite for successful marine resource management. For species with dispersing larvae, regional-scale hydrodynamic models provide a means of obtaining results over relevant spatial and temporal scales. In an effort to better understand the role of the physical environment in dispersal, we simulated the transport of reef fish larvae among 321 reefs in and around the Cairns Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park over a period of 20 years. Based on regional-scale hydrodynamics, our models predict the spatial and temporal frequency of significant self-recruitment of the larvae of certain species. Furthermore, the results suggest the importance of a select few local populations in ensuring the persistence of reef fish metapopulations over regional scales.

Item ID: 5484
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-2954
Keywords: marine metapopulations; reef fishes; larval dispersal; self-recruitment; marine resource management; connectivity matrices
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 21:51
FoR Codes: 01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010202 Biological Mathematics @ 80%
01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010399 Numerical and Computational Mathematics not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 90%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences @ 10%
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