Observations of marine wildlife tourism effects on a non-focal species

J Rizzari, J Semmens, Andrew Fox, Charlie Huveneers

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A radio-acoustic positioning system was used to assess the effects of shark cage-diving operators (SCDO) on the fine-scale movements of a non-focal species, the smooth stingray Bathytoshia brevicaudata. The results revealed that the time spent in the array was individually variable, but generally increased when SCDO were present and that the presence of SCDO may have the capacity to elicit changes in the space use of B. brevicaudata. These results indicate that the effects of marine wildlife tourism may extend beyond the focal species of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-988
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017


  • acoustic telemetry
  • ecotourism
  • elasmobranchs
  • movement
  • rays
  • shark diving


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