Beatrice Ferreira

Beatrice Ferreira
Federal University of Pernambuco | UFPE · Departamento de Oceanografia

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The extensive oil spill (> 2,900 km) that occurred in the southwestern Atlantic (2019/2020) increased the vulnerability of the Brazilian coast, affecting marine and coastal protected areas (MPAs). In addition to supporting conservation, MPAs are sustainably used by local populations to help maintain ocean-dependent livelihoods. In this sense, we ai...
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Movement is a key factor that shapes the distribution and structure of fish populations and influences the extent of the benefits provided by conservation and management measures, such as the implementation of marine no-take zones (NTZs). We used visual surveys and acoustic telemetry to investigate density and movement of 2 Brazilian endemic and hi...
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This paper presents three datasets of anomalies of oceanic physical parameters and surface atmospheric fluxes in the northeast region of Brazil, geographically limited by 42.5°W-29.75°W / 20.5°S-1.25°N, calculated from the SODA, TROPFLUX and GPCP datasets. The DASAF-BNE (Daily Anomalies of the Surface Atmospheric Fluxes of the Brazilian Northeast),...
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Ecosystems are connected through the movement of organisms, nutrients, energy, and matter. The connection and dependence between aquatic habitats enhances our capacity to understand the functioning of the seascape. In this paper, we investigated the trophic ecology of two snapper species, Lutjanus analis and Lutjanus alexandrei, along a tropical co...
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Flow-Topography Interaction can be considered as a particular set of processes resulting of the currents interaction with a topographic gradient, specially associated with submarine canyon areas, which are important morphological features with potential to upwelling and cross-isobath transport on the continental margins. The South Pernambuco Contin...
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The Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report Status and trends of coral reefs of the Brazil region The flagship product of the GCRMN is the Status of Coral Reefs of the World report that describes the status and trends of coral reefs worldwide. This sixth edition of the GCRMN Status of Coral Reefs of the World report is the first since 200...
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1. The sinking of artificial structures has become increasingly common around the world, but whether the artificial structures favor or disfavor fish diversity remain under debate. Sinking may empty the nearby natural reefs locally and regionally by attracting their biota. Conversely, it may improve environmental conditions for species survival and...
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Mapping habitats is essential to assist strategic decisions regarding the use and protection of coral reefs. Coupled with machine learning (ML) algorithms, remote sensing has allowed detailed mapping of reefs at meaningful scales. Here we integrated WorldView-3 and Landsat-8 imagery and ML techniques to produce a map of suitable habitats for the oc...
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Example photos of the benthic covers found in the coastal reefs of Tamandaré Figures S4 to S17 present the 14 benthic habitats found in the coral reefs of the study area, pictured by representative video-frames and photos taken during field survey (all videos and photos were made by the author). Additionally, we provide example areas of each benth...
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Tropical small-scale fisheries (SSFs) are characterised by their multidimensionality (fleets, gears, habitats, and species). As many targeted species move between habitats throughout their life cycle, managing coexisting fleets exploiting the same resource is challenging. However, the SSFs operating over multiple habitats target a variety of specie...
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Parrotfishes contribute to important reef processes through their feeding. Individuals may join groups with distinctive social behavior, with unknown implications for their feeding ecology and, ultimately, their functional roles in reef systems. Using Scarus iseri populations in Isla Colón, Panama, we investigated whether individuals belonging to t...
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Inferring pathways used by organisms within ecosystems is essential to the design, management and evaluation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This study aimed to present a systematic review on the literature regarding the use of acoustic telemetry to monitor marine fish movement and its application on MPAs. Searches were conducted on electronic da...
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Behavioural patterns and distributions of crustaceans, fish and mammals can be inferred from acoustic recordings of the extremely noisy marine acoustic environment. In this study, we determined the soundscape of protected and non-protected marine areas between January and April 2016. Sonobuoy (a device for sound monitoring) recordings began at suns...
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The Brazilian oil spill, from August 2019 to January 2020, was considered the most extensive accident in tropical oceans.We estimated the concentration of oil droplets that may be available for ingestion by microzooplankton.The collection was carried out in three areas: estuarine plume, bay and reef (Tamandaré, Pernambuco coast). We highlight the c...
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The Northern Brazilian shelf is dominated by the interface between the world´s largest river and the Atlantic Ocean, which results in a hypossaline/nutrient-rich offshore plume that reaches up to 2.10⁶ km² across the North Atlantic. The Amazonian-Orinoco Influence Zone is considered an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area by the United Na...
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Ocean grabbing occurs when traditional users, such as small-scale fishers, are pushed aside by new development activities. This grabbing must be prevented to avoid sea uses that maintain or increase social inequity. In this paper, we show that in tropical Atlantic countries, such as Brazil and Senegal, examples of ocean grabbing already occur. In t...
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• Sites and periods of spawning aggregations of two important fishery resources, the mutton snapper, Lutjanus analis, and the dog snapper, Lutjanus jocu, were identified and validated along the Brazilian north‐east coast (latitude 8–15°S) using exploratory analysis of catch per unit effort (CPUE) data, gonadosomatic index analysis, and gonad histol...
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1. The deep reef refugia hypothesis (DRRH) predicts that deep reef ecosystems may act as refugium for the biota of disturbed shallow waters. Because deep reefs are amongst the most understudied habitats on Earth, formal tests of the DRRH remain scarce. If the DRRH is valid at the community level, the diversity of species, functions and lineages of...
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Bottom trawling is a common fisheries method and also a widespread scientific sampling method for benthic and demersal species. Selectivity and catchability are usually estimated using different meshes and studies with alternative methods are rare. In this study, to improve the estimation of trawl selectivity, we compare bottom trawl catches and re...
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da Silveira, C.B.L.; Strenzel, G.M.R.; Maida, M.; Araújo, T.C.M., and Ferreira, B.P., 2020. Multiresolution satellite-derived bathymetry in shallow coral reefs: Improving linear algorithms with geographical analysis. Journal of Coastal Research, 36(6), 1247-1265. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208. Bathymetric maps are one of the first steps f...
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Among threats to marine species, overfishing has often been highlighted as a major contributor to population declines and yet fishing effort has increased globally over the past decade. This paper discusses the decadal reassessment of groupers (family Epinephelidae), an important and valuable group of marine fishes subjected to high market demand a...
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Continental shelves are areas of extreme environmental and economic importance and priority areas for management and planning efforts. However, there is a knowledge gap regarding many tropical shelves, mainly due to high costs associated with surveying large marine areas with traditional techniques. Carbonatic, sediment-starved shelves are distribu...
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This study provides information about the feeding habits, population aspects and spatial distribution of the spot­ted goatfish, Pseudupeneus maculatus, along the coast of the tropical Brazilian continental shelf. Distribution patterns are described using length frequencies and catch rates. Stable isotope ratios of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N),...
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1. Tetraodontiformes fishes play a critical role in benthic and demersal communities and are facing threats due to anthropogenic impacts and climate change. However, they are poorly studied worldwide. To improve knowledge on the socio-ecological significance and conservation of Tetraodontiformes a review of literature addressing the diversity, ecol...
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In this paper, we aim to provide optimal parameters for micro-computed tomography scans of fish otoliths. We tested fifteen different combinations to sagittae. The images were scaled to Hounsfield units, and segmented in two distinct volumes-of-interest (external and internal). The strategy we applied, for identifying optimum scan settings for otol...
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Case study for Western (Brazil) and Eastern (Cape Verde, Senegal) tropical Atlantic countries, information on marine and coastal natural resources and their use and exploitation status
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This study reports the results of 5 years of monitoring reef fish post‐larvae using light traps in the Bay of Tamandaré, north‐east Brazil. An annotated checklist of pre‐settlement fish species, their frequency of occurrence and taxonomic characteristics are provided. In total, 4422 post‐larval fishes belonging to 36 families, 56 genera and 76 spec...
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Mycteroperca acutirostris is a widely distributed, demersal species that inhabits a wide variety ofnearshore structured habitats. It is heavily targeted by commercial artisanal and recreational fisheries inparts of Brazil. Data is generally lacking, but localised declines have occurred in certain areas. It is nottargeted in part of its range, such...
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This widely distributed, large-bodied species inhabits hard reef structure and mangrove areas. It is heavily targeted by fishers throughout its range, and has experienced historical population declines as a result. A variety of intrinsic characteristics (e.g., late-maturing, long-lived, aggregate spawning behaviour, predictable occurrence and lack...
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This study provides the length‐weight relationship (LWR) for 13 demersal fish species belonging to 11 families and 8 orders. Data were collected in the northeast Brazilian continental shelf during two scientific surveys (2015 and 2017) using a bottom trawl net (side length of body mesh: 40 mm, side length of cod‐end mesh: 25 mm) at 35 stations betw...
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The greenback parrotfish, Scarus trispinosus, is the largest herbivorous fish inhabiting Southwestern Atlantic reefs, and was recently included in the IUCN red list of threatened species as endangered due to the overexploitation of their populations. The aim of this work was to evaluate the existence of structured populations (i.e. genetic unities)...
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Knowledge of the spatial distribution of fish assemblages biodiversity and structure is essential for prioritizing areas of conservation. Here we describe the biodiversity and community structure of demersal fish assemblages and their habitat along the northeast Brazilian coast by combining bottom trawl data and underwater footage. Species composit...
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This study focuses on understanding stakeholder perceptions in environmental governance and management. Based on an application of the net-mapping method as the main approach for a comparative analysis of local ecosystem users' perceptions, this research elucidates subjective local realities of fishers and tourism operators in two study sites of th...
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The mangrove–seagrass–patch reef (MSP) ecosystem serves as the principal back‐reef nursery for many reef fishes in the Caribbean, but the functional roles of habitats that form this seascape remain unclear. We assessed ecosystem and trophic connectivity of two common reef fishes (schoolmaster, Lutjanus apodus; white grunt, Haemulon plumierii) and o...
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Otolith-based methods combined with catch lengths were used to produce three simple fishing indicators for assessing stock status of the lane snapper Lutjanus synagris in the Abrolhos Bank, central Brazilian coast. Fish were obtained during landings between May 2005 and June 2007. Marginal Increment Analyses combined with edge analysis on sectioned...
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The aim of the present study was to determine age, growth and mortality of the French angelfish Pomacanthus paru. Age was solely determined by sectioned otoliths. All tetracycline-treated otoliths were 1 year of age and revealed a clear fluorescent mark when observed under UV light. Otolith weight increased exponentially with standard length, and l...
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Corals from the genus Scolymia have high-sediment-shifting capabilities and are generally associated with habitats with low light levels (shallow shaded/high-turbidity reefs and mesophotic reefs >30 m depth). Here, the spatio-temporal dynamics in abundance, growth, and health (i.e., proportion of bleached/dead tissue) of the solitary coral Scolymia...
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This study reports on the pattern of sexual development and demography of Epinephelus adscensionis sampled on the north-east coast of Brazil. The species is a protogynous hermaphrodite, with males (26-44-cm total length, TL) transitioning from mature females (20-33cm TL). This species presented multiple spawning, with peaks in the gonadosomatic ind...
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This is the Strategic Document for the Brazilian Future Ocean Panel - PainelMar, an initiative that aims to " Perform as a multi-sectorial collaborative platform of individuals and organizations on the interface of knowledge and decision-making processes, aiming at qualifying policies for the sustainable use and health of the oceans" -illuminating,...
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Este trabalho foi elaborado para fornecer de informações sobre a origem de 94 palavras provenientes da língua tupi, cujo uso é bastante comum quando trata-se de meio ambiente do litoral sul de Pernambuco. Assim, além de conhecer a influência tupi na linguagem popular pernambucana, podemos melhor compreender a grandeza que representava a natureza pa...
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O presente trabalho teve como objetivo principal a comparação da estrutura da comunidade bentônica e cobertura coralínea entre 2010 (ano de potencial branqueamento) e 2013 nos recifes de corais de Maragogi. A pesquisa de campo foi realizada nas cristas recifais por duas metodologias do Protocolo Reef Check, que foram: point intercept transect (PIT)...
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Otolith chemistry of juvenile and adult individuals of the Brazilian snapper Lutjanus alexandrei was measured to assess the utility of natural markers for investigating individual movements. Individuals were collected over a 3-year period (2010-2012) along the north-eastern coast of Brazil from both estuarine (juvenile to sub-adult stages) and coas...
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This paper presents results on the age, growth and population structure of a small grouper, the mutton hamlet Alphestes afer, and discusses the observed size and age structure patterns in relation to reproductive strategies among the epinephelids. Ages were determined by examination of sectioned otoliths, which showed a distinct pattern of alternat...
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The application of acoustic telemetry caused profound changes in the study of ecology, including in the marine environment. This technique allowed the development of research investigating the movement patterns of fish and other organisms, for both ecological and management purposes. In this study we analyse the living area and the movement pattern...
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Mangroves dominate the intertidal zone of sheltered (muddy) coastlines of tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate oceans. The word ‘mangrove’ is used to refer to both a specific vegetation type and the unique habitat (also called tidal forest, swamp, wetland, or mangal) in which it exists (Tomlinson 1986; Saenger, 2003; Duke et al., 2007; Spaldin...
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Mangroves dominate the intertidal zone of sheltered (muddy) coastlines of tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate oceans. The word ‘mangrove’ is used to refer to both a specific vegetation type and the unique habitat (also called tidal forest, swamp, wetland, or mangal) in which it exists (Tomlinson 1986; Saenger, 2003; Duke et al., 2007; Spaldin...
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Brazilian coral reefs form structures significantly different from the well-known reef models, as follows: (i) they have a growth form of mushroom-shaped coral pinnacles called “chapeirões”, (ii) they are built by a low diversity coral fauna rich in endemic species, most of them relic forms dating back to the Tertiary, and (iii) the nearshore bank...
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The early life history of Lutjanus alexandrei and Lutjanus jocu in Southwestern Atlantic is still largely unknown. Habitat use of different life stages (i.e. size categories and densities) of the Brazilian snapper (L. alexandrei) and dog snapper (L. jocu) was examined in a tropical portion of NE coast of Brazil. Visual surveys were conducted in dif...
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Mesophotic reef fish assemblages (30–90 m depth) of the small and remote St. Peter and St. Paul’s Archipelago (SPSPA), Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Brazil, were characterized using remotely operated vehicles. Ordination analyses identified distinct fish assemblages in the upper (30–50 m) and lower (50–90 m) mesophotic zones, the former characterized by high...
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Pomacanthus paru is one of the five most exported species in the Brazilian aquarium trade and is frequently caught by traps as bycatch. The present study is the first to describe the reproductive biology of this species in the South Atlantic. The population of P. paru was gonochoristic and presented size dimorphism in the larger classes, with males...