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Far from home: Distance patterns of global fishing fleets

Postwar growth of industrial fisheries catch to its peak in 1996 was driven by increasing fleet capacity and geographical expansion. An investigation of the latter, using spatially allocated reconstructed catch data to quantify “mean distance to fishing grounds,” found global trends to be dominated by the expansion histories of a small number of distant-water fishing countries …

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Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs

Reliable abundance estimates for species are fundamental in ecology, fisheries, and conservation. Consequently, predictive models able to provide reliable estimates for un- or poorly-surveyed locations would prove a valuable tool for management. We developed predictive models of total fish abundance and of abundance by fish family for ten representative taxonomic families for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) using multiple temporal scenarios …

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Transferring biodiversity models for conservation: Opportunities and challenges

The ability of a model to predict biodiversity metrics in novel environments is termed ‘transferability’, and models with high transferability will be the most useful. We synthesise recent advances in biodiversity model transfers to facilitate increased understanding of what underpins successful model transferability, demonstrating that a consistent approach has so far been lacking …

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BIOT megafauna stamps

On 8 June 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna species found throughout the Territory. The fish featured in this issue are: Sailfish (60p), Reef Manta (£1), Oceanic Whitetip Shark (£1.50), Blue Marlin (£1.50) …

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