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Protection of marine birds and turtles at St Brandon’s Rock, Indian Ocean,requires conservation of the entire atoll
North-West University, South Africa; University of Venda, South Africa.
Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey, Channel Islands;Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. North-West University, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5972-1852
University of Mauritius, Mauritius.
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2016 (English)In: African Journal of Marine Science, ISSN 1814-232X, Vol. 38, no 3, 317-327 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A survey of seabirds and turtles at St Brandon’s Rock, 400 km north of Mauritius, was undertaken in 2010. We estimated that 1.1 million seabirds comprising seven breeding species and excluding non-breeders were present at the archipelago and we counted 279 turtle tracks and nesting pits of green turtles Chelonia mydas. Hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricata were also present. Analyses of 30 different islets that make up the atoll showed that the seabird species mostly partitioned their use of islets based on islet size, with four species preferring larger islets and two species preferring smaller islets. Alien species introduced historically are still present and other threats, such as shipwrecks, remain. We propose conservation and other measures that should adequately protect the birds, turtles and coral reef by treating the atoll as a system.

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Grahamstown: NISC - National Inquiry Services Centre, 2016. Vol. 38, no 3, 317-327 p.
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Cargados Carajos, important bird area, invasive species, marine debris, Mauritius
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132022DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2016.1198720ISI: 000387098700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132022DiVA: diva2:1037280
Available from: 2016-10-14 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved

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