Global change will impact environmental drivers in marine ecosystems and consequently the spatial ecology of marine organisms, affecting their resilience to disturbance and stressors. Shifts in species distributions, phenology and life history pattern re-alignment, changing predator-prey and competitive interactions, and metapopulation connectivity are all examples of ecological changes expected to occur.
As such, impacts of change on the spatial ecology of marine fishes will affect population productivity, stability, and ultimately optimal levels of harvesting. Fisheries management must be proactive in understanding these spatial processes and integrating them into management objectives to achieve socio-ecological sustainability in times of change. This session is motivated by the belief that a mechanistic understanding of movement ecology - the causes and consequences of animal movement and space use - needs to be integrated into ecosystem-based fisheries management.
We invite contributions on a range of topics relevant to integrating movement ecology into ecosystem-based management:
Photo: Institute of Marine Research, Norway