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Title: Multispecies tracking reveals a major seabird hotspot in the North Atlantic
Authors: Davies, Tammy E.
Carneiro, Ana P.B.
Tarzia, Marguerite
Wakefield, Ewan
Hennicke, Janos C.
Frederiksen, Morten
Hansen, Erpur Snær
Campos, Bruna
Hazin, Carolina
Lascelles, Ben
Anker‐Nilssen, Tycho
Arnardóttir, Hólmfríður
Barrett, Robert T.
Biscoito, Manuel
Bollache, Loïc
Boulinier, Thierry
Catry, Paulo Xavier 
Ceia, Filipe R. 
Chastel, Olivier
Christensen‐Dalsgaard, Signe
Cruz‐Flores, Marta
Danielsen, Jóhannis
Daunt, Francis
Dunn, Euan
Egevang, Carsten
Fagundes, Ana Isabel
Fayet, Annette L.
Fort, Jérôme
Furness, Robert W.
Gilg, Olivier
González‐Solís, Jacob
Granadeiro, José Pedro
Grémillet, David
Guilford, Tim
Hanssen, Sveinn Are
Harris, Michael P.
Hedd, April
Huffeldt, Nicholas Per
Jessopp, Mark
Kolbeinsson, Yann
Krietsch, Johannes
Lang, Johannes
Linnebjerg, Jannie Fries
Lorentsen, Svein‐Håkon
Madeiros, Jeremy
Magnusdottir, Ellen
Mallory, Mark L.
McFarlane Tranquilla, Laura
Merkel, Flemming R.
Militão, Teresa 
Moe, Børge
Montevecchi, William A.
Morera‐Pujol, Virginia
Mosbech, Anders
Neves, Verónica
Newell, Mark A.
Olsen, Bergur
Paiva, Vítor H. 
Peter, Hans‐Ulrich
Petersen, Aevar
Phillips, Richard A.
Ramírez, Iván
Ramos, Jaime A. 
Ramos, Raül
Ronconi, Robert A.
Ryan, Peter G.
Schmidt, Niels Martin
Sigurðsson, Ingvar A.
Sittler, Benoît
Steen, Harald
Stenhouse, Iain J.
Strøm, Hallvard
Systad, Geir H. R.
Thompson, Paul
Thórarinsson, Thorkell L.
Bemmelen, Rob S. A.
Wanless, Sarah
Zino, Francis
Dias, Maria P. 
Keywords: area beyond national jurisdiction; Atlantic; biologging; conservation; high seas; marine protected area; regional seas convention
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Project: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) - Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) 
International Climate Initiative (IKI) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Conservation Letters
Volume: 14
Issue: 5
Abstract: The conservation ofmigratory marine species, including pelagic seabirds, is challenging because theirmovements span vast distances frequently beyond national jurisdictions. Here, we aim to identify important aggregations of seabirds in the North Atlantic to inform ongoing regional conservation efforts. Using tracking, phenology, and population data, we mapped the abundance and diversity of 21 seabird species. This revealed a major hotspot associated with a discrete area of the subpolar frontal zone, used annually by 2.9–5 million seabirds from ≥56 colonies in the Atlantic: the first time this magnitude of seabird concentrations has been documented in the high seas. The hotspot is temporally stable and amenable to site-based conservation and is under consideration as a marine protected area by the OSPAR Commission. Protection could help mitigate current and future threats facing species in the area. Overall, our approach provides an exemplar data-driven pathway for future conservation efforts on the high seas.
ISSN: 1755-263X
DOI: 10.1111/conl.12824
Rights: openAccess
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