[MARMAM] New publication on humpback whales and coastal management

Cristiane Cavalcante de Albuquerque Martins crislua_2000 at yahoo.com.br
Fri Mar 8 06:11:25 PST 2013

Dear MARMAM Subscribers,

We are pleased to inform you of a new publication:

Martins,C. C. A., A. Andriolo, M. H. Engel, P. G. Kinas and C. H. Saito. 2013. Identifying priority areas for humpback whale conservation at Eastern Brazilian
Coast. Ocean & Coastal Management 75:63-71. 

One of the humpback whales' stocks uses the Brazilian Coast as breeding 
and calving ground during the austral winter. The species is recovering 
from commercial hunting and re-occupying previous breeding areas. Aerial
 surveys conducted to estimate the species density and abundance along 
the continental shelf of the Eastern Brazilian Coast revealed important 
core areas at the southern portion of the Abrolhos Bank. The rapid 
growth of human activities in these coastal areas motivated the use of 
Geographic Information Systems as a tool to guide the identification of 
priority areas for the species conservation. The species distribution 
was modelled using a kernel density estimator. The corresponding layer 
was used to identify areas of overlay with components of maritime 
traffic and with hydrocarbon exploitation areas. The resulting risk map 
was overlaid with existent Marine Protected Areas, allowing the 
cartography of areas where management measures still need to be 
undertaken to ensure habitat protection. These areas were identified as 
priorities for the species conservation as they encompass important 
breeding concentrations that were completely overlain by areas used to 
hydrocarbon exploitation and/or as navigation corridors. The present 
work gives support to an ecosystem-based management and ocean zoning of 
this portion of the Brazilian coast.

The pdf can be accessed online at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569113000318

or via email request albuquerquecris at gmail.com


Cristiane C. de Albuquerque Martins

Candidat au doctorat/Ph.D. candidate
Laboratoire sur les systèmes complexes/
Complex systems laboratory
Université de Montréal
Département de Géographie
520 chemin côte Ste-Catherine
Montréal (QC), Canada
H2V 2B8
Tél.: (514) 343-8064

albuquerquecris at gmail.com

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