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Record number 560690
Title Recognizing peripheral ecosystems in marine protected : A case study of golden jellyfish lakes in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Author(s) Maas, Diede L.; Capriati, Agustin; Ahmad, Awaludinnoer; Erdmann, Mark V.; Lamers, Machiel; Leeuw, Christiaan A. de; Prins, Luca; Purwanto, ; Putri, Amanda P.; Tapilatu, Ricardo F.; Becking, Leontine E.
Source Marine Pollution Bulletin 151 (2020). - ISSN 0025-326X
Department(s) Marine Animal Ecology
Environmental Policy
Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
Onderz. Form. D.
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) Anchialine ecosystems - Customary tenure - Mastigias papua - Morphometrics - Population genetics - Tourism

Peripheral marine ecosystems can harbor endemic diversity and attract tourism attention, yet are generally not included in conservation management plans due to their remoteness or inland positioning. A case study in Raja Ampat of seven landlocked marine lakes containing golden jellyfish (Mastigias spp.) was conducted to address the lack of fundamental insights into evolutionary, ecological and social contexts of these ecosystems. An interdisciplinary approach was taken towards identifying the jellyfish lakes as distinct management units in order to incorporate them into existing Marine Protected Areas. Mastigias papua populations showed strong genetic (ϕST: 0.30–0.86) and morphological (F = 28.62, p-value = 0.001) structure among lakes, with putative new subspecies. Risks arising from rapid increase in tourism to Raja Ampat (30-fold since 2007) warrant restrictions on jellyfish lake use. Recommendations are provided for adaptive management and science-based conservation policies for jellyfish lakes across Indonesia.

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