Shark Bay in Western Australia and Florida Bay in Miami have similar marine environments–tropical with the same geological, biological, and chemical components. But, according to researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), no one is taking advantage of these similarities.
A 2011 workshop, led by UWA’s Professor Gary Kendrick and Florida International University‘s James Fourqurean, inspired researchers to focus on Shark Bay and Florida Bay and eventually led to a 23-paper special edition of CSIRO’s Marine and Freshwater Research.
The Special Issue focuses on a compilation of individual research from Shark Bay and Florida Bay over the past ten years. It also highlights gaps in our knowledge base and shows that much of the research, while excellent, is poorly integrated and therefore does little to help create successful management of either Bay.
“Shark Bay should be viewed as a semi-pristine ecosystem and a ‘pristine template’ to management and restoration efforts in Florida Bay and other sub-tropical bays,” said Professor Kendrick, “Yet the Shark Bay system as a whole is poorly studied despite it having been granted World Heritage status more than 20 years ago.”
To learn more:
- Read this post from UWA News: Shark Bay lessons may help save Florida Bay
- Check out CSIRO’s Special Edition: Science for the management of subtropical embayments: examples from Shark Bay and Florida Bay
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