Space invaders; biological invasions in marine conservation planning

Giakoumi, Sylvaine, Guilhaumon, Francois, Kark, Salit, Terlizzi, Antonio, Claudet, Joachim, Felline, Serena, Cerrano, Carlo, Coll, Marta, Danovaro, Roberto, Fraschetti, Simonetta, Koutsoubas, Drosos, Ledoux, Jean-Batiste, Mazor, Tessa, Merigot, Bastien, Micheli, Fiorenza and Katsanevakis, Stelios (2016) Space invaders; biological invasions in marine conservation planning. Diversity and Distributions, 22 12: 1220-1231. doi:10.1111/ddi.12491

Author Giakoumi, Sylvaine
Guilhaumon, Francois
Kark, Salit
Terlizzi, Antonio
Claudet, Joachim
Felline, Serena
Cerrano, Carlo
Coll, Marta
Danovaro, Roberto
Fraschetti, Simonetta
Koutsoubas, Drosos
Ledoux, Jean-Batiste
Mazor, Tessa
Merigot, Bastien
Micheli, Fiorenza
Katsanevakis, Stelios
Title Space invaders; biological invasions in marine conservation planning
Journal name Diversity and Distributions   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-4642
Publication date 2016-12-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/ddi.12491
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 12
Start page 1220
End page 1231
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: Biological invasions are major contributors to global change and native biodiversity decline. However, they are overlooked in marine conservation plans. Here, we examine for the first time the extent to which marine conservation planning research has addressed (or ignored) biological invasions. Furthermore, we explore the change of spatial priorities in conservation plans when different approaches are used to incorporate the presence and impacts of invasive species.

Location: Global analysis with a focus on the Mediterranean Sea region.

Methods: We conducted a systematic literature review consisting of three steps: (1) article selection using a search engine, (2) abstract screening and (3) review of pertinent articles, which were identified in the second step. The information extracted included the scale and geographical location of each case study as well as the approach followed regarding invasive species. We also applied the software Marxan to produce and compare conservation plans for the Mediterranean Sea that either protect, or avoid areas impacted by invasives, or ignore the issue. One case study focused on the protection of critical habitats, and the other on endemic fish species.

Results: We found that of 119 papers on marine spatial plans in specific biogeographic regions, only three (2.5%) explicitly took into account invasive species. When comparing the different conservation plans for each case study, we found that the majority of selected sites for protection (ca. 80%) changed in the critical habitat case study, while this proportion was lower but substantial (27%) in the endemic fish species case study.

Main conclusions: Biological invasions are being widely disregarded when planning for conservation in the marine environment across local to global scales. More explicit consideration of biological invasions can significantly alter spatial conservation priorities. Future conservation plans should explicitly account for biological invasions to optimize the selection of marine protected areas.
Keyword Alien species
Biological invasions
Conservation planning
Management actions
Marine biogeographic regions
Marine protected areas
Mediterranean Sea
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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