Multispecies tracking reveals a major seabird hotspot in the North Atlantic

Davies, Tammy E.; Carneiro, Ana P.B.; Tarzia, Marguerite; Wakefield, Ewan; Hennicke, Janos C.; Frederiksen, Morten; Hansen, Erpur Snær; Campos, Bruna; Hazin, Carolina; Lascelles, Ben; Anker-Nilssen, Tycho; Arnardóttir, Hólmfríður; Biscoito, Manuel; Bollache, Loïc; Boulinier, Thierry; Catry, Paulo; Ceia, Filipe R.; Chastel, Olivier; Christensen-Dalsgaard, Signe; Cruz-Flores, Marta; Danielsen, Jóhannis; Daunt, Francis ORCID:; Dunn, Euan; Egevang, Carsten; Fagundes, Ana Isabel; Fayet, Annette L.; Fort, Jérôme; Furness, Robert W.; Gilg, Olivier; González-Solís, Jacob; Granadeiro, José Pedro; Grémillet, David; Guilford, Tim; Hanssen, Sveinn Are; Harris, Michael P.; Hedd, April; Huffeldt, Nicholas Per; Jessopp, Mark; Kolbeinsson, Yann; Krietsch, Johannes; Lang, Johannes; Linnebjerg, Jannie Fries; Lorentsen, Svein-Håkon; Madeiros, Jeremy; Magnusdottir, Ellen; Mallory, Mark L.; McFarlane Tranquilla, Laura; Merkel, Flemming R.; Militão, Teresa; Moe, Børge; Montevecchi, William A.; Morera-Pujol, Virginia; Mosbech, Anders; Neves, Verónica; Newell, Mark A.; Olsen, Berger; Paiva, Vitor H.; Peter, Hans-Ulrich; Petersen, Aevar; Phillips, Richard A.; Ramírez, Iván; Ramos, Jaime A.; Ramos, Raül; Ronconi, Robert A.; Ryan, Peter G.; Schmidt, Niels Martin; Sigurðsson, Ingvar A.; Sittler, Benoît; Steen, Harald; Stenhouse, Iain J.; Strøm, Hallvard; Systad, Geir H.R.; Thompson, Paul; Thórarinsson, Thorkell L.; van Bemmelen, Rob S.A.; Wanless, Sarah; Zino, Francis; Dias, Maria P.. 2021 Multispecies tracking reveals a major seabird hotspot in the North Atlantic. Conservation Letters, 14 (5), e12824. 14, pp.

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The conservation of migratory marine species, including pelagic seabirds, is challenging because their movements span vast distances frequently beyond national jurisdictions. Here, we aim to identify important aggregations of seabirds in the North Atlantic to inform ongoing regional conservation efforts. Using tracking, phenology, and population data, we mapped the abundance and diversity of 21 seabird species. This revealed a major hotspot associated with a discrete area of the subpolar frontal zone, used annually by 2.9–5 million seabirds from ≥56 colonies in the Atlantic: the first time this magnitude of seabird concentrations has been documented in the high seas. The hotspot is temporally stable and amenable to site-based conservation and is under consideration as a marine protected area by the OSPAR Commission. Protection could help mitigate current and future threats facing species in the area. Overall, our approach provides an exemplar data-driven pathway for future conservation efforts on the high seas.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
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ISSN: 1755-263X
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Additional Keywords: area beyond national jurisdiction, Atlantic, biologging, conservation, high seas, marine protected area, regional seas convention
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Date made live: 03 Aug 2021 10:18 +0 (UTC)

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