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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Frontiers in Marine Science



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The physical and biological characterization of suitable habitats and species-specific models to estimate their extent are valuable for conservation and fisheries management. As exploited species and habitats face challenges from anthropogenic influences, such as fishing and climate change, the identification and protection of habitats becomes increasingly important. Most of the papers within this special topic issue used some form of species distribution model (SDM) to identify habitats used by fishes (Asch et al.; Crear et al.; Fabrizio et al.; Freidland et al.; Zydlewski et al.), marine mammals (Astarloa et al.), nearshore invertebrates (Cristiani et al.; Behan et al.), or deep-sea communities (Bowden et al.; Saunders et al.). A few papers focused on developing methods to better describe habitats (Griffin et al.; Henderson et al.; Cecino et al.), while other papers investigated model performance and incorporation of new statistical methods to improve model accuracy (Asch et al.; Behan et al.; Bowden et al.). Below we provide a synthesis of these papers under the topics of data sources used for analyses, statistical methods, stationarity and model performance, connectivity, and management implications; weconclude with a consideration of opportunities for advancing this field of study


DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.1050548

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