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Remarks on “Comment on: Williams <i>et al</i>. (2009) Australia's deep-water reserve network: implications of false homogeneity for classifying abiotic surrogates of biodiversity, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66: 214–224” by Peter T. Harris, Andrew D. Heap, Tara J. Anderson, and Brendan Brooke

Alan Williams, Nicholas J. Bax and Rudy J. Kloser

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 66, issue 10, pages 2086-2088
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online August 2009 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsp212
Remarks on “Comment on: Williams et al. (2009) Australia's deep-water reserve network: implications of false homogeneity for classifying abiotic surrogates of biodiversity, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66: 214–224” by Peter T. Harris, Andrew D. Heap, Tara J. Anderson, and Brendan Brooke

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Williams, A., Bax, N. J., and Kloser, R. J. 2009. Remarks on “Comment on: Williams et al. (2009) Australia's deep-water reserve network: implications of false homogeneity for classifying abiotic surrogates of biodiversity, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66: 214–224” by Peter T. Harris, Andrew D. Heap, Tara J. Anderson, and Brendan Brooke. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66: 2086–2088.

Commitment by many nations at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development to complete national networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2012 focused attention on MPA design and implementation, especially for the deep waters that make up the majority of many national EZs. Further, there is a focus on conservation in the High Seas through the Convention on Biological Biodiversity and the FAO, e.g. for seamounts and other vulnerable benthic habitats. Any manuscript that raises basic issues on one identified area for conservation is therefore a prospectively useful addition to the international debate. The Comment by Harris et al. (2009) on a paper authored by myself and colleagues (Williams et al., 2009) is a potentially useful contribution. The authors provide data, examples, and insights into aspects of the design and planning process for Australia's SE network of reserves. Here, we address the main question of how geological descriptions can be used or modified to provide the most information on marine biodiversity patterns for use in conservation planning—in the context of the major points raised by Harris et al. (2009).

Keywords: Australia; benthic habitats; Marine Protected Areas; surrogates

Journal Article.  2034 words. 

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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