[MARMAM] New review paper

Vanessa Pirotta (HDR) vanessa.pirotta at hdr.mq.edu.au
Wed Dec 5 23:37:08 PST 2018

Dear MARMAM colleagues,
My co-authors and I are pleased to announce the publication of the following manuscript available online:
Consequences of global shipping traffic for marine giants
Vanessa Pirotta, Alana Grech, Ian D Jonsen, William F Laurance, Robert G Harcourt
Front Ecol Environ 2018; doi: 10.1002/fee.1987


Shipping routes in the ocean are analogous to terrestrial roads, in that they are regularly used thoroughfares that concentrate the movement of vessels between multiple locations. We applied a terrestrial road ecology framework to examine the ecological impacts of increased global shipping on “marine giants” (ie great whales, basking sharks [Cetorhinus maximus], and whale sharks [Rhincodon typus]). This framework aided in identifying where such “marine roads” and marine giants are likely to interact and the consequences of those interactions. We also reviewed known impacts of shipping routes on these species, and then applied the road ecology framework to detect unknown and potentially threatening processes. In the marine environment, such a framework can be used to incorporate knowledge of existing shipping impacts into management practices, thereby reducing the detrimental effects of future expansion of shipping routes on marine giants.

Publication available here:


Best regards,

Vanessa Pirotta
Twitter: @vanessapirotta

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