An increase in the quantity and quality of research from marine and freshwater scientists in Asia has led to a corresponding rise in the number of articles being published in peer reviewed international journals. This research and publication effort is associated with increased cooperation and exchange between institutions and individuals, alongside the hosting of international conferences.
The 10th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, held in Changshu, China, in September 2016, offered a platform to review and explore advances in research on wetland biodiversity, functions and ecosystem services and management. Hosted by the INTECOL Wetland Working Group, this international forum was an opportune time for Asian marine and freshwater researchers to present their research.
CSIRO Publishing is delighted to share with conference delegates and readers alike a virtual issue of our journal Marine and Freshwater Research to commemorate and further promote such collaboration. This virtual issue contains a selection of nine articles previously published by the journal that showcase the range of research being undertaken within China.
Editor, Marine and Freshwater Research, CSIRO Publishing
Director Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University, Albury, Australia
Visiting Research Professor, Institute for Wetland Research, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China.
Sharks and rays comprise an increasingly threatened group of aquatic predators. As the world’s shark and ray populations decline, improved conservation and management of these species is critical. Recognising that life history parameters form the basis for much of this research, we have compiled a ‘Shark and Ray Life History’ virtual issue of Marine and Freshwater Research.
The articles included in this virtual issue represent a broad spectrum of life history studies in terms of both species diversity (for both sharks and rays) and habitat diversity (from estuaries to the deep sea). Several of these studies represent the first records of life history parameters for a species, directly addressing the data that are lacking for many shark and ray species. Many of the studies are on commercially exploited species and provide information that will directly contribute to their improved management. Other studies are on less commonly caught species and contribute to the broader understanding of shark and ray ecology and the development of ecosystem-based management.