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Rowley Shoals and Montebello Islands Expedition

The Marine Futures Lab returned from a month-long stint in north Western Australia using midwater stereo-BRUVs to survey pelagic fish and shark assemblages. Sampling effort was focused in deep canyons north-west of the Rowley Shoals and the surroundings of the Montebello Islands. In total, 280 mid-water stereo-BRUVs were successfully deployed across the Rowley Shoals and Montebello Islands. …

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In April – May of 2018 the Marine Futures lab was involved in an expedition to Malpelo Island, Colombia led by National Geographic Pristine Seas. Multiple sampling teams conducted comprehensive sampling from the shallows surrounding the island down to the deep sea and to the blue waters surrounding it…

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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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