[MARMAM] New Publication: Coastal Development & Marine Mammals Best Practice Monitoring Framework

Liz Hawkins liz at dolphinresearchaustralia.com
Tue Mar 14 15:42:28 PDT 2017

Dear Marmam members,

Myself and co-authors are very pleased to announce the following article
"Best Practice Framework and Principles for Monitoring the Effect of Coastal
Development on Marine Mammals" has recently been published in the journal
Frontiers In Marine Science and may be of interest to you.


The full article can be viewed and downloaded here



As the world's human population increases along the coastal zone, with major
alteration of coastal embayments, increased on-water activities and a
plethora of other intrusions into the coastal zone, there is a simultaneous
increase in pressures on marine mammals. Growing evidence indicates that
many marine mammals are highly susceptible to declines resulting from direct
and indirect impacts arising from diverse human activities. Too frequently,
assessment of the impact from coastal developments on marine mammals has
been inadequate or completely lacking. At worst this has led to catastrophic
decline in some populations. Without rigorous ecological assessments along
with adaptive management frameworks prior to the initiation of developments,
the number of marine mammal populations likely to be adversely impacted will
continue to rise. To address these shortcomings, we present a globally
applicable best practice framework by; (i) describing guiding principles
and; (ii) reviewing appropriate procedures for assessment and monitoring of
impacts of coastal developments on marine mammals. The approach outlined is
embedded in Environmental Impact Assessment processes as a means by which
decision makers and stakeholders can be informed. Recommendations presented
are designed to encourage the application of robust scientific evaluation
that applies appropriate survey design with sufficient statistical power to
detect changes before trigger thresholds are reached. We emphasize that
there is an urgent need to ensure assessments are comprehensive, effective
and integrated with monitoring and adaptive management actions in order to
minimize or effectively mitigate the impacts of human activities on marine
mammal populations."


Kind Regards



Elizabeth Hawkins, PhD

Executive Officer

Founding Director

Dolphin Research Australia, Inc.

PO Box 1960

Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

E-mail: liz at dolphinresearchaustralia.com

Ph: 0407 646 069

Website: www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com

ABN: 42095866467


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