New Tools to Identify the Location of Seagrass Meadows: Marine Grazers as Habitat Indicators

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/627177
Title:
New Tools to Identify the Location of Seagrass Meadows: Marine Grazers as Habitat Indicators
Authors:
Hays, Graeme C.; Alcoverro, Teresa; Christianen, Marjolijn J. A.; Duarte, Carlos M. ( 0000-0002-1213-1361 ) ; Hamann, Mark; Macreadie, Peter I.; Marsh, Helene D.; Rasheed, Michael A.; Thums, Michele; Unsworth, Richard K. F.; York, Paul H.; Esteban, Nicole
Abstract:
Seagrasses are hugely valuable to human life, but the global extent of seagrass meadows remains unclear. As evidence of their value, a United Nations program exists (http://data.unep-wcmc.org/datasets/7) to try and assess their distribution and there has been a call from 122 scientists across 28 countries for more work to manage, protect and monitor seagrass meadows (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37606827). Emerging from the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, held in October 2016, has been the view that grazing marine megafauna may play a useful role in helping to identify previously unknown seagrass habitats. Here we describe this concept, showing how detailed information on the distribution of both dugongs (Dugong dugon) and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) obtained, for example, by aerial surveys and satellite tracking, can reveal new information on the location of seagrass meadows. We show examples of how marine megaherbivores have been effective habitat indicators, revealing major, new, deep-water seagrass meadows and offering the potential for more informed estimates of seagrass extent in tropical and sub-tropical regions where current information is often lacking.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Marine Science Program; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Citation:
Hays GC, Alcoverro T, Christianen MJA, Duarte CM, Hamann M, et al. (2018) New Tools to Identify the Location of Seagrass Meadows: Marine Grazers as Habitat Indicators. Frontiers in Marine Science 5. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00009.
Publisher:
Frontiers Media SA
Journal:
Frontiers in Marine Science
Issue Date:
21-Feb-2018
DOI:
10.3389/fmars.2018.00009
Type:
Article
ISSN:
2296-7745
Sponsors:
We would like to thank Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli, and the Bertarelli Foundation, for their support of research in the Chagos Archipelago. MR, HM, MH, PY, and PM were supported through an Australian Research Council grant LP160100492.
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https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00009/full
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Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC); Marine Science Program; Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorHays, Graeme C.en
dc.contributor.authorAlcoverro, Teresaen
dc.contributor.authorChristianen, Marjolijn J. A.en
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.en
dc.contributor.authorHamann, Marken
dc.contributor.authorMacreadie, Peter I.en
dc.contributor.authorMarsh, Helene D.en
dc.contributor.authorRasheed, Michael A.en
dc.contributor.authorThums, Micheleen
dc.contributor.authorUnsworth, Richard K. F.en
dc.contributor.authorYork, Paul H.en
dc.contributor.authorEsteban, Nicoleen
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-22T10:34:42Z-
dc.date.available2018-02-22T10:34:42Z-
dc.date.issued2018-02-21en
dc.identifier.citationHays GC, Alcoverro T, Christianen MJA, Duarte CM, Hamann M, et al. (2018) New Tools to Identify the Location of Seagrass Meadows: Marine Grazers as Habitat Indicators. Frontiers in Marine Science 5. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00009.en
dc.identifier.issn2296-7745en
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fmars.2018.00009en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/627177-
dc.description.abstractSeagrasses are hugely valuable to human life, but the global extent of seagrass meadows remains unclear. As evidence of their value, a United Nations program exists (http://data.unep-wcmc.org/datasets/7) to try and assess their distribution and there has been a call from 122 scientists across 28 countries for more work to manage, protect and monitor seagrass meadows (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37606827). Emerging from the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop, held in October 2016, has been the view that grazing marine megafauna may play a useful role in helping to identify previously unknown seagrass habitats. Here we describe this concept, showing how detailed information on the distribution of both dugongs (Dugong dugon) and green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) obtained, for example, by aerial surveys and satellite tracking, can reveal new information on the location of seagrass meadows. We show examples of how marine megaherbivores have been effective habitat indicators, revealing major, new, deep-water seagrass meadows and offering the potential for more informed estimates of seagrass extent in tropical and sub-tropical regions where current information is often lacking.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe would like to thank Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli, and the Bertarelli Foundation, for their support of research in the Chagos Archipelago. MR, HM, MH, PY, and PM were supported through an Australian Research Council grant LP160100492.en
dc.publisherFrontiers Media SAen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00009/fullen
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dc.titleNew Tools to Identify the Location of Seagrass Meadows: Marine Grazers as Habitat Indicatorsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Programen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers in Marine Scienceen
dc.eprint.versionPublisher's Version/PDFen
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Warrnambool, VIC, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionOceans and Coasts Program, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore, Indiaen
dc.contributor.institutionCentre d'Estudis Avan├žats de Blanes, CSIC, Blanes, Spainen
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute for Wetland and Water Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionCollege of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionAustralian Institute of Marine Science, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionProject Seagrass, Cardiff, United Kingdomen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biosciences, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdomen
kaust.authorDuarte, Carlos M.en
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