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Title: Cetacean diversity, common occurrence and community importance in Fijian waters
Contributor(s): Miller, Cara  (author)orcid ; Batibasaga, Aisake (author); Chand, Prerna (author); Dulunaqio, Sirilo (author); Fox, Margaret (author); Jupiter, Stacy (author); Naisilisili, Waisea (author); Nand, Yashika (author); Sharma-Gounder, Saras (author); Smith, Brian (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Early Online Version: 2016-06-07
DOI: 10.1071/PC14933
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Abstract: Fiji has demonstrated a strong commitment to cetacean conservation via national, regional and international plans and agreements. To provide baseline information in support of these efforts, this paper provides an updated listing of cetacean species found in Fijian waters and identifies locations where cetaceans have been noted on a consistent basis. Information for this review was sourced from peer-reviewed publications, field reports, historical whaling records, national consultations, anecdotal and opportunistic sources, as well as a national database held by the Fiji Government’s Department of Fisheries. Reliable and recent records were confirmed for 10 cetacean species in Fijian waters. In addition, less reliable records and regional species’ information provides support for the occurrence of at least 14 additional species or groups of similar-looking species that could not be identified more specifically. Thirteen hotspot areas within the Fiji Economic Exclusive Zone were preliminarily identified as being particularly important for cetaceans, including numerous sites within the Vatu-i-Ra and Lomaiviti passages and surrounding waters. Issues with the available data include uneven coverage, inherent biases within available sources, and difficulties with species identification and verification in some cases. Nevertheless, it is hoped that this review will provide a reference point from which to move forward with cetacean management and conservation efforts in Fiji.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Pacific Conservation Biology, 22(3), p. 272-280
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 2204-4604
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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