Special issue of Deep Sea Research II from the 3rd CLIOTOP Symposium is now available
Oceanic top predators (sharks, tunas and billfishes, marine mammals, turtles and seabirds) have ecological, social and economic value globally. These wide-ranging species are the focus of international research undertaken by IMBeR’s Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) regional programme.
The programme has been going for over a decade, and involves researchers from more than 30 countries. This international collaboration and comparative analyses has resulted in new information and understanding of oceanic top predators. This special issue presents 27 papers arising from the 3rd CLIOTOP symposium that was held in San Sebastián, Spain in September 2015. Topics covered in the papers include conservation biology, trophic ecology, fisheries science, climate change, and adaptive management. The maturation and synthesis of CLIOTOP's collaborative research is now resulting in real-world management applications and improving understanding of potential ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change in oceanic systems. The goal of preparing both climate-sensitive predator populations and the human societies that depend on them for the impending impacts of climate change is now within reach.