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Summer at the beach: spatio-temporal patterns of white shark occurrence along the inshore areas of False Bay, South Africa

Overview of attention for article published in Movement Ecology, May 2018
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Summer at the beach: spatio-temporal patterns of white shark occurrence along the inshore areas of False Bay, South Africa
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Movement Ecology, May 2018
DOI 10.1186/s40462-018-0125-5
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Alison A. Kock, Theoni Photopoulou, Ian Durbach, Katya Mauff, Michael Meÿer, Deon Kotze, Charles L. Griffiths, M. Justin O’Riain


Understanding white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) habitat use in coastal areas adjacent to large cities, is an important step when formulating potential solutions to the conservation conflict that exists between humans and large predatory sharks. In this study, we present the findings of a 2.5-year study of white shark occurrence and movement patterns adjacent to the City of Cape Town in False Bay, South Africa, with a focus on spring and summer months. Fifty-one white sharks were monitored annually at three offshore and twelve inshore sites by VR2 acoustic receivers, over 975 days from 1 May 2005 to 31 December 2007. Occurrence patterns at inshore sites during spring and summer were analysed using a generalized additive mixed model (GAMM) with a spatial term (longitude, latitude), time of day and year included as explanatory variables for site use. We found that sharks occurred more frequently at inshore sites along the northern and northwestern shores, compared to the rest of the bay, and they transitioned most frequently between four adjacent beach sites that encompass the most popular recreational water use areas in Cape Town. There was significant diel variation, with higher shark occurrence around midday, and a peak in shark occurrence in 2005, when human-shark interactions also peaked. However, we found no effect of shark size on occurrence patterns at inshore sites. White sharks showed the highest levels of occurrence at specific inshore sites between Muizenberg and Strandfontein beach, and thus inclusion of these sites within False Bay's marine protected area (MPA) network or recognition as Ecological or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs) should be a future consideration. These insights into white shark habitat use at inshore sites in False Bay are important for successfully applying the principles of marine spatial planning (MSP) and for making science-based policy decisions. Furthermore, this information can be used to reduce potential shark-human conflict by incorporating it into future shark safety education campaigns.

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Unknown 66 100%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 12 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 17%
Researcher 11 17%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 5%
Other 3 5%
Unknown 19 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 20 30%
Environmental Science 14 21%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 5%
Arts and Humanities 2 3%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 3%
Other 4 6%
Unknown 21 32%

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