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Deborah J. F. Russell, Bernie McConnell, David Thompson, Callan Duck, Chris Morris, John Harwood and Jason Matthiopoulos Uncovering the links between foraging and breeding regions in a highly mobile mammal Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 21 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12048

By quantifying the link between the foraging and breeding distributions of grey seals, management of breeding populations can be focused on the foraging regions where the resources necessary for reproduction are acquired. The construction of marine developments is dependent on demonstrating that they will not have an adverse effect on the integrity of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), and we have shown that this requires consideration of the seasonal transition probabilities estimated in this study. Our specific results provide support for management strategies that jointly consider SACs and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). More generally, we prescribe combinations of data on population size, breeding performance and individual movement that can enable our framework to be applied to seasonally migrating species.

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