Research Alert

For Migratory Marine Species: It’s all about Connectivity


1. For migratory marine fishes, marine mammals, seabirds, sharks, and sea turtles that span local, national and international jurisdictions, connectivity – the geographical linking of individuals and populations throughout their migratory cycles – influences population abundance, distribution, and species persistence.
2. Researchers reviewed the concept of migratory connectivity and its use in international policy, and described the Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean system – a migratory connectivity evidence-base for the ocean.
3. They propose that without such collaboration focused on migratory connectivity, efforts to effectively conserve these critical species across jurisdictions will have limited effect.
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Study and Journal:  "The importance of migratory connectivity for global ocean policy"   from  Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
WCS Co-Author(s):  Angela Formia , WCS Ocean Giants Program ;  Andres Salazar , WCS Colombia