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Seagrass habitat in Tarawa Lagoon, Kiribati: service benefits and links to national priority issues

Brodie, Gilianne D. and Brodie, J.E. and Maata, Matakite and Peter, Max and Otiawa, Tekimuwau and Devlin, Michelle (2020) Seagrass habitat in Tarawa Lagoon, Kiribati: service benefits and links to national priority issues. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 155 . NA. ISSN 0025-326X

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Abstract

This paper presents a study around seagrass habitat in Tarawa Lagoon, Kiribati and explores the links between seagrass occurrence and the national priority issues of climate change, urban development, human health, nearshore fisheries, threatened species, ocean policy, research capacity and awareness. The contribution of healthy seagrass habitats to many aspects of these national issues is often overlooked and there is need to establish the knowledge gaps and priority actions that can enable mitigation of issues that impact on valuable seagrass resources and their management. Research data on seagrass habitats in Kiribati, and the wider Pacific Island region, is limited and this hinders informed decisions at local, national and regional levels. We present a comprehensive review on seagrass within a national context to aid prioritisation and uptake of information for resource owners, and wider stakeholders, in Kiribati while acknowledging local expertise. The paper highlights data and knowledge gaps that if addressed, will provide information useful to I-Kiribati nationals, communities and government stakeholders. Recommendations for actions that fill these gaps and build understanding of seagrass resources in Kiribati are provided.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Gilianne Brodie
Date Deposited: 15 May 2020 10:25
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 10:25
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11630
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