This product provides planners and managers with biologically informed predictions about the patterns in species abundance, species richness and species evenness of seabed fishes on the outer shelf and slope in the EMR. It can be used as follows: 1. To provide scientific analysis and input to planners and managers with the responsibility to conserve and managed marine biodiversity in the EMR; 2. As a biological data input to models, where appropriate, of the marine environment in the EMR (e.g. Marxan); 3. To compare predictions in patterns of seabed biodiversity in the EMR with the findings of future biological surveys; and 4. To produce maps of predicted spatial patterns of species abundance, species richness and species evenness for seabed fishes in depths from 50 to 700 metres; It will be of value in planning and managing the conservation of marine biological diversity in the EMR, particularly in relation to predicting areas of high biodiversity when there is very little or no biological data.
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