publication . Article . 2013

The Effects of Inter-annual Climate Variability on the Departures of Leatherback Marine Turtles from the California Current Ecosystem

Van Zerr, Vanessa E;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2013
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
The Pacific Ocean is a highly variable environment, and changes in oceanographic conditions impact the distributions of many organisms. Inter-annual climate variability, especially the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, is known to have wide-ranging impacts on organisms in the California Current. Understanding the factors that drive changes in the spatial ecology of organisms, such as inter-annual climate variability, is essential in many cases for effective conservation. Leatherback marine turtles are endangered, and many populations, especially in the Pacific, are declining due to anthropogenic impacts. This study demonstrates that during positive phases of the El ...
free text keywords: Life Sciences, El Niño, Southern Oscillation, California Current, spatial ecology, leatherback marine turtle, leatherback turtle conservation, anthropogenic impacts, drift gillnet fishery, leatherback turtle bycatch, adaptive management, climate variability, time-area closure
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