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  The distribution and protection of intertidal habitats in Australia

Dhanjal-Adams, K. L., Hanson, J. O., Murray, N. J., Phinn, S. R., Wingate, V. R., Mustin, K., et al. (2016). The distribution and protection of intertidal habitats in Australia. Emu, 116(2), 208-214. doi:10.1071/mu15046.

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Dhanjal-Adams, Kiran L.1, Author              
Hanson, J. O., Author
Murray, N. J., Author
Phinn, S. R., Author
Wingate, V. R., Author
Mustin, K., Author
Lee, J. R., Author
Allan, J. R., Author
Cappadonna, J. L., Author
Studds, C. E., Author
Clemens, R. S., Author
Roelfsema, C. M., Author
Fuller, R. A., Author
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1University of Queensland, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Shorebirds have declined severely across the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Many species rely on intertidal habitats for foraging, yet the distribution and conservation status of these habitats across Australia remain poorly understood. Here, we utilised freely available satellite imagery to produce the first map of intertidal habitats across Australia. We estimated a minimum intertidal area of 9856km(2), with Queensland and Western Australia supporting the largest areas. Thirty-nine percent of intertidal habitats were protected in Australia, with some primarily within marine protected areas (e.g. Queensland) and others within terrestrial protected areas (e.g. Victoria). Three percent of all intertidal habitats were protected by both marine and terrestrial protected areas. To achieve conservation targets, protected area boundaries must align more accurately with intertidal habitats. Shorebirds use intertidal areas to forage and supratidal areas to roost, so a coordinated management approach is required to account for movement of birds between terrestrial and marine habitats. Ultimately, shorebird declines are occurring despite high levels of habitat protection in Australia. There is a need for a concerted effort both nationally and internationally to map and understand how intertidal habitats are changing, and how habitat conservation can be implemented more effectively.

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 Dates: 2016-12-22
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: Other: WOS:000375784700012
DOI: 10.1071/mu15046
ISSN: 0158-4197
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Title: Emu
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Publ. Info: Melbourne : The Union
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 116 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 208 - 214 Identifier: ISSN: 0158-4197
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925477491