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Global political responsibility for the conservation of albatrosses and large petrels

Martin Beal; Maria P. Dias; Richard A. Phillips; Steffen Oppel; Carolina Hazin; Elizabeth J. Pearmain; Josh Adams; David J. Anderson; Michelle Antolos; Javier A. Arata; José Manuel Arcos; John P. Y. Arnould; Jill Awkerman; Elizabeth Bell; Mike Bell; Mark Carey; Ryan Carle; Thomas A. Clay; Jaimie Cleeland; Valentina Colodro; Melinda Conners; Marta Cruz-Flores; Richard Cuthbert; Karine Delord; Lorna Deppe; Ben J. Dilley; Herculano Dinis; Graeme Elliott; Fernanda De Felipe; Jonathan Felis; Manuela G. Forero; Amanda Freeman; Akira Fukuda; Jacob González-Solís; José Pedro Granadeiro; April Hedd; Peter Hodum; José Manuel Igual; Audrey Jaeger; Todd J. Landers; Matthieu Le Corre; Azwianewi Makhado; Benjamin Metzger; Teresa Militão; William A. Montevecchi; Virginia Morera-Pujol; Leia Navarro-Herrero; Deon Nel; David Nicholls; Daniel Oro; Ridha Ouni; Kiyoaki Ozaki; Flavio Quintana; Raül Ramos; Tim Reid; José Manuel Reyes-González; Christopher Robertson; Graham Robertson; Mohamed Salah Romdhane; Peter G. Ryan; Paul Sagar; Fumio Sato; Stefan Schoombie; R. Paul Scofield; Scott A. Shaffer; Nirmal Jivan Shah; Kim L. Stevens; Christopher Surman; Robert M. Suryan; Akinori Takahashi; Vikash Tatayah; Graeme Taylor; David R. Thompson; Leigh Torres; Kath Walker; Ross Wanless; Susan M. Waugh; Henri Weimerskirch; Takashi Yamamoto; Zuzana Zajkova; Laura Zango; Paulo Catry

Paper published in Science Advances, March 3rd, 2021. 


Migratory marine species cross political borders and enter the high seas, where the lack of an effective global management framework for biodiversity leaves them vulnerable to threats. Here, we combine 10,108 tracks from 5775 individual birds at 87 sites with data on breeding population sizes to estimate the relative year-round importance of national jurisdictions and high seas areas for 39 species of albatrosses and large petrels. Populations from every country made extensive use of the high seas, indicating the stake each country has in the management of biodiversity in international waters. We quantified the links among national populations of these threatened seabirds and the regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) which regulate fishing in the high seas. This work makes explicit the relative responsibilities that each country and RFMO has for the management of shared biodiversity, providing invaluable information for the conservation and management of migratory species in the marine realm.

This communication reflects only the authors' view and the Research Executive Agency of the European Union is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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