Timing of protection of critical habitat matters

Martin, Tara G., Camaclang, Abbey E., Possingham, Hugh P., Maguire, Lynn A. and Chades, Iadine (2017) Timing of protection of critical habitat matters. Conservation Letters, 10 3: 308-316. doi:10.1111/conl.12266

Author Martin, Tara G.
Camaclang, Abbey E.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Maguire, Lynn A.
Chades, Iadine
Title Timing of protection of critical habitat matters
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2017-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12266
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 3
Start page 308
End page 316
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
With many conservation issues requiring urgent action, determining how much data are needed to inform good decisions is a common problem. We examine this problem in relation to the protection of critical habitat, the habitat required for species’ recovery and persistence. The protection of critical habitat is an essential step in the threatened species recovery process. It is also one of the most contentious and protracted decisions faced by environmental agencies. Uncertainty about what constitutes critical habitat, and the challenges of balancing competing societal objectives and of protecting critical habitat once identified are stalling the recovery process. We offer insight into this challenge by investigating how long we can afford to spend identifying critical habitat before opportunities to recover a species are lost. We illustrate our decision model using Canada's threatened northern abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana). Our method delivers the stopping time at which habitat protection must begin, despite uncertainty, in order to avoid an unacceptable risk of extinction.
Keyword Decision making
Decision model
Habitat protection
Extinction risk
Species at risk
Endangered Species Act
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act
Learning, northern abalone
Haliotis kamtschatkana
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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