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Daniel Mateos-Molina

Daniel Mateos-Molina
Emirates Nature - WWF

PhD in Biodiversity and Environmental Management
Marine Conservation Associate Lead and Scientist at Emirates Nature - WWF

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Introduction
I currently work at Emirates Nature - WWF, United Arab Emirates office. I do research on coral reef and associated fish communities, coastal and marine habitat and species distribution and threats, coastal habitat restoration and marine protected areas.
Additional affiliations
March 2017 - present
Emirates Nature - WWF United Arab Emirates
Position
  • Associate Lead and Scientist
August 2007 - September 2013
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Position
  • Researcher

Publications

Publications (42)
Preprint
There is scarce information on the current importance of oyster beds as fishing grounds in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This study aims to understand the socioeconomic value of oyster bed fisheries through questionnaire based surveys with fishers. Of 106 Emirati fishers interviewed, 67 % use oyster beds due to the proximity to shore, better catc...
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Two individuals of Epinephelus coeruleopunctatus (Bloch, 1790), Whitespotted Grouper, were recorded in an offshore marine protected area of the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Gulf coast at depths of 5 m and 10 m. These are the first records of the species in the southern Arabian Gulf, and they add this species to the few groupers that inhabit...
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Coastal seascapes are productive and diverse land-sea systems that provide many valuable benefits yet are increasingly threatened by human activity. Scaling up of nature-based solutions (NbS) to effectively protect, sustainably manage, and restore coastal seascapes is urgently required for mitigation of climate change and biodiversity loss while al...
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Coral reefs across the southern Arabian Gulf have declined in the past two decades, with extensive loss of formerly Acropora table corals, which are now functionally extinct in nearshore reefs. This study documents the coral community at Sir Bu Nair (SBN), an offshore island buffered by less extreme environmental conditions, which contains the last...
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Coral cover and community structure in the Arabian Gulf have changed considerably in recent decades. Recurrent bleaching events have dramatically reduced the abundance of previously dominant Acropora corals and have given space to other more thermally resistant coral taxa. The loss of Acropora spp. has reduced reef structural complexity and associa...
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Coastal habitat mapping is a potentially powerful enabling tool to inform the design of strategies and actions in coastal zone planning and management, biodiversity conservation and more recently for blue carbon accounting. Habitat mapping is typically carried out by experts in remote sensing and geographical information systems, and rarely integra...
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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are increasingly advocated for the protection of key functional groups like elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). However, substantial uncertainty remains regarding which species can benefit from MPAs, crucial information to support policy and management plans. Using Baited Remote Underwater Video Surveys (BRUVS), a study w...
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A correction to this paper has been published: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-021-02181-z
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) host valuable coastal and marine biodiversity that is subjected to multiple pressures under extreme conditions. To mitigate impacts on marine ecosystems, the UAE protects almost 12% of its Exclusive Economic Zone. This study mapped and validated the distribution of key coastal and marine habitats, species and critical...
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Coastal marine ecosystems include a diverse and productive set of habitats. These habitats provide essential and numerous ecosystem services contributing to the human well-being and sustainable economic and social development. However, global biodiversity in coastal marine habitats is experiencing detrimental effects. These negative impacts are cau...
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Adult sea turtles migrate between foraging areas and nesting sites that may be 100 s–1000 s of km away. Little is known of the connectivity between these sites in the Arabian region for green sea turtles. We document linkages between two foraging areas in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with key nesting sites and provide insights on effectiveness of...
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Building trust in science and evidence-based decision-making depends heavily on the credibility of studies and their findings. Researchers employ many different study designs that vary in their risk of bias to evaluate the true effect of interventions or impacts. Here, we empirically quantify, on a large scale, the prevalence of different study des...
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Building trust in science and evidence-based decision-making depends heavily on the credibility of studies and their findings. Researchers employ many different study designs that vary in their risk of bias to evaluate the true effect of interventions or impacts. Here, we empirically quantify, on a large scale, the prevalence of different study des...
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The results of this work can inform future policies at a national and emirate level, related to spatial use planning and management, biodiversity action plans and new protected or managed areas delineation, as well as other area-based management tools that can support the sustainable management of these marine ecosystems. The following recommendati...
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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are custodians of diverse and productive coastal and marine habitats of local, regional and global importance for biodiversity. Healthy thriving coastal and marine habitats provide a wealth of benefits including food security, coastal protection, mitigation of pollution and opportunities for the growth of ecotourism,...
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To identify and manage APIMBs, a systematic approach is needed where ecological connectivity and representativity of conservation features is a central goal. A series of recommendations are provided below that can inform strategies and plans and ultimately enable the UAE in managing these priority areas. By implementing these recommendations, the U...
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Adult sea turtles undertake periodic long-distance migrations between foraging and nesting areas during breeding migrations, and an understanding the connectivity between these two important habitats can contribute to efficient conservation planning. We present the first round-trip migrations of three green sea turtles in the Arabian region, from a...
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The waters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) host a diversity of marine and coastal habitats that are under increasing pressure from multiple anthropogenic activities related to rapid economic growth. In response, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) currently cover 12% of the UAE’s coastal and marine zones. The UAE National Biodiversity Strategy and Acti...
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Commercial fish species are excellent indicators of the effectiveness of marine protected areas (MPA). Sir Bu Nair (SBN) MPA was established 20 years ago. It hosts the healthiest coral reef in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a rich and diverse marine life. We assessed 10 species in SBN, using Baited Underwater Videos (BUV). Emperors, groupers an...
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This report describes a spatial characterization conducted to support the development of an integrated management plan for Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor. The Northeast Marine Corridor is a large, land-sea reserve network, making it unique in the region for both its size and the integrated land-sea geographical scope. Here we map and model...
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This presentation describes a spatial characterization conducted to support the development of an integrated management plan for Puerto Rico’s Northeast Marine Corridor. The Northeast Marine Corridor is a large, land-sea reserve network, making it unique in the region for both its size and the integrated land-sea geographical scope. Here we map and...
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Land cover changes have strong influence on sediment delivery to coastal waters, being a well-recognized threat to nearshore marine habitats. This guideline provides managers with a powerful tool to detect potential runoff increases and make better and preventive coastal-land management decisions.
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With the aim to address some of the complex needs of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) management, the results of the “Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Area” project (MMMPA) are here synthesized in a series of timely and original guidelines.
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Quantifying fish abundance at spawning aggregation sites is critical for assessing stock status, but methods must overcome limitations posed by weather and labor-intensive diver-based surveys. This study attempts to quantify red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) utilizing hydroacoustic techniques. Here, we summarize the preliminary results for hydroacous...
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The marine managed areas (MMAs) of the U.S. Caribbean are summarized and specific data-rich cases are examined to determine their impact upon fisheries management in the region. In this region, the productivity and connectivity of benthic habitats such as mangroves, seagrass and coral reefs is essential for many species targeted by fisheries. A min...
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Three sources of data are provided on the abundance and size distribution of red hind (Epinephelus guttatus) from western Puerto Rico and Mona Island. The data were obtained utilizing visual censuses by divers. During the first study surveys were conducted throughout Mona Island to determine the spatial distribution of coral reef fishes by ontogene...
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El sábalo, Megalops atlanticus, es una de las especies mas importante en la pesca recreativa, modalidad de captura-liberación en Puerto Rico. Su importancia en el Refugio de Vida Silvestre de Boquerón (RVSB), un estuario artificial, hacen indispensable la evaluación de la población para su manejo y conservación. Esta investigación estimó su abundan...
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No-take marine reserves or no-take zones (NTZ) have become an effective tool for restoring marine populations threatened by overfishing by allowing populations to recover from excessive extraction. In 2004, a NTZ was established within the Mona Island Natural Reserve. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Mona Island N...
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No-take marine reserves or no-take zones (NTZ) have become an effective tool for restoring marine populations threatened by overfishing by allowing populations to recover from excessive extraction and eventually export larvae and/or adults to adjacent areas (spillover). In 2004, a NTZ was established within the Mona Island Natural Reserve, Puerto R...

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We are looking to understand migrational movements of commercial fish species but we want to understand not only the adults (1.5m) but also the 0.5m. How technology is moving on this topic?

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The project aims to place climate change mitigation and adaptation services at the heart of our NbS proposition while incorporating biodiversity conservation and broader socio-economic benefits.
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Emirates Nature-WWF aims to implement a series of underwater surveys in the UAE. The studies will identify fish, shark, and ray populations present in priority areas of the country, particularly shallow and productive lagoon and coastal sites, and ultimately facilitate decision making towards further designation and effective management of MPAs. Using cutting-edge scientific methods and technologies, our work will also support current conservation efforts in the UAE aiming at conserving and restoring endangered shark and ray populations, following a recent scientific report highlighting that over 50% of sharks and rays are considered threatened with extinction in the Arabian region.
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The goal of this project is to investigate the status of oyster habitats on the Northern emirates in terms of areal extent and biomass, biodiversity, fisheries, and environmental variables , Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and sedimentation) known to impact oyster ecosystem health and likely to increase with climate change and further development.