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Science behind management of Shark Bay and Florida Bay, two P-limited subtropical systems with different climatology and human pressures

Gary A. Kendrick A G , James W. Fourqurean B , Matthew W. Fraser A , Michael R. Heithaus C , Gary Jackson D , Kim Friedman A E and David Hallac F
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A Oceans Institute and School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Perth, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.

B Department of Biological Sciences and Southeast Environmental Research Center, Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181, USA.

C Department of Biological Sciences, School of the Environment, Arts and Society, Florida International University, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, FL 33181, USA.

D Western Australian Fisheries and Marine Research Laboratories, Department of Fisheries, PO Box 20, North Beach, WA 6920, Australia.

E DEC Marine Science Program, Department of Environment and Conservation, 17 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington, WA 6151, Australia.

F Yellowstone Center for Resources, PO Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA.

G Corresponding author. Email: gary.kendrick@uwa.edu.au

Marine and Freshwater Research 63(11) 941-951 https://doi.org/10.1071/MF12280
Submitted: 30 September 2012  Accepted: 2 October 2012   Published: 26 November 2012

Abstract

This special issue on ‘Science for the management of subtropical embayments: examples from Shark Bay and Florida Bay’ is a valuable compilation of individual research outcomes from Florida Bay and Shark Bay from the past decade and addresses gaps in our scientific knowledge base in Shark Bay especially. Yet the compilation also demonstrates excellent research that is poorly integrated, and driven by interests and issues that do not necessarily lead to a more integrated stewardship of the marine natural values of either Shark Bay or Florida Bay. Here we describe the status of our current knowledge, introduce the valuable extension of the current knowledge through the papers in this issue and then suggest some future directions. For management, there is a need for a multidisciplinary international science program that focusses research on the ecological resilience of Shark Bay and Florida Bay, the effect of interactions between physical environmental drivers and biological control through behavioural and trophic interactions, and all under increased anthropogenic stressors. Shark Bay offers a ‘pristine template’ for this scale of study.


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