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Extinction risk assessment of declining wild populations: The case of the southern Bluefin Tuna

Extinction risk assessment of declining wild populations: The case of the southern Bluefin Tuna We estimate the extinction probability of a large and decreasing population, the southern bluefin tuna. This tuna was listed as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in 1996. However, the absolute population size is still large and the extinction probability within the next half century is negligible if the recent population decline rate does not increase in the future. IUCN's criterion with respect to the population decline rate should be linked to the absolute population size, if this is estimated. Several methods estimating the probability of extinction conclude that the southern bluefin tuna population will be below 500 mature individuals within the next 100 years and may be listed as vulnerable. These analyses suggest that extinction risk assessment is useful for management action for taxa that still have large population and are rapidly decreasing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Population Ecology Wiley

Extinction risk assessment of declining wild populations: The case of the southern Bluefin Tuna

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Wiley
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© The Society of Population Ecology
ISSN
1438-3896
eISSN
1438-390X
DOI
10.1007/BF02763458
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Abstract

We estimate the extinction probability of a large and decreasing population, the southern bluefin tuna. This tuna was listed as critically endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in 1996. However, the absolute population size is still large and the extinction probability within the next half century is negligible if the recent population decline rate does not increase in the future. IUCN's criterion with respect to the population decline rate should be linked to the absolute population size, if this is estimated. Several methods estimating the probability of extinction conclude that the southern bluefin tuna population will be below 500 mature individuals within the next 100 years and may be listed as vulnerable. These analyses suggest that extinction risk assessment is useful for management action for taxa that still have large population and are rapidly decreasing.

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Population EcologyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1998

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