David March

David March
University of Valencia | UV

BSc Biology, MSc GIS, PhD Marine Ecology

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Introduction
I am a spatial ecologist and GIS expert. My interests include the spatial modelling of species distributions and human activities, with a focus on coastal and marine environments, as well as on quantitative methods and computational ecology.
Additional affiliations
January 2013 - present
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA)
Position
  • Assessing and predicting the combined effects of natural and human-made pressures in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea in view of better governance (PERSEUS)
September 2010 - December 2012
Spanish National Research Council
Position
  • Knowledge-based Sustainable Management of Europe’s Seas (KNOWSEAS)
January 2010 - December 2015
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA)
Position
  • Researcher

Publications

Publications (56)
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This study investigates the risk plastic debris ingestion poses to coastal marine taxa in the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean Sea. Here, we use species observations and environmental data to model habitat maps for 42 species of fish. For each species, we then match estimates of habitat suitability against the spatial distribution of p...
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Up to date 264 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been declared in the western Mediterranean Sea. The management plans of 25 of these MPAs include the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) as a priority species to protect. However, the actual use of these MPAs by the species remains unknown. Therefore, it is important to assess their contribution...
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Detailed knowledge of habitat use by marine megafauna is critical to understand their ecological roles and for the adequate management of marine resources. Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) inhabiting the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean prey largely on Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) and play a central role in managing the krill...
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Marine animals equipped with biological and physical electronic sensors have produced long-term data streams on key marine environmental variables, hydrography, animal behavior and ecology. These data are an essential component of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). The Animal Borne Ocean Sensors (AniBOS) network aims to coordinate the long-t...
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The global lockdown to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic health risks has altered human interactions with nature. Here, we report immediate impacts of changes in human activities on wildlife and environmental threats during the early lockdown months of 2020, based on 877 qualitative reports and 332 quantitative assessments from 89 different studies. Hundr...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unparalleled global impacts on human mobility. In the ocean, ship-based activities are thought to have been impacted due to severe restrictions on human movements and changes in consumption. Here, we quantify and map global change in marine traffic during the first half of 2020. There were decreases in 70.2% of...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unparalleled global impacts on human mobility. In the ocean, ship-based activities are thought to have decreased due to severe restrictions and changes in goods consumption, but little is known of the patterns of change, which sectors are most affected, in which regions, and for how long. Here, we map global ch...
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Nearshore sea-surface manta trawls were carried out monthly at seven sites along the coastline of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Plastic marine debris was present in all trawls (n = 63) with an overall average abundance of 858,029 ± 4,082,963 items/km² (mean ± standard deviation) and weight of 4520 ± 22,806 g(DW)...
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Marine animals are increasingly instrumented with environmental sensors that provide large volumes of oceanographic data. Here we conduct an innovative and comprehensive global analysis to determine the potential contribution of animal‐borne instruments (ABI) into ocean observing systems (OOS) and provide a foundation to establish future integrated...
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Tintoré et al. Sustained Mediterranean Observing Forecasting System The Mediterranean community represented in this paper is the result of more than 30 years of EU and nationally funded coordination, which has led to key contributions in science concepts and operational initiatives. Together with the establishment of operational services, the commu...
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Atlantic bluefin tuna (ABFT) stocks have been considered overfished over the last decades, especially the western stock, whose main spawning grounds are in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Despite the current measures implemented, spawner bycatch by the longline fleet targeting yellowfin tuna (YFT) may explain the lack of recovery of local stock. This sit...
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Mismanaged waste is accumulating at an alarming rate in the marine environment. Its presence has caused local authorities in the Balearic Islands to develop a coastal sea-cleaning boat service covering the region, identifying the floating marine debris, and removing it from the coastal areas. This study considered daily monitoring from May to Octob...
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In the last 10 years, new monitoring and modelling technologies have emerged allowing real-time observation and forecasting of the coastal ocean at regional and local scales. These technologies are at the core of multi-platform integrated observing and forecasting systems, such as the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System...
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Abstract Adaptive management is essential to the practical application of the Ecosystem-Based Approach (EBA). Despite there are frequent assertions that adaptive management is being used, evidence on its success is still limited. Indeed, it is difficult to bring the different elements of adaptive management together in a robust way and to choose th...
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Special emphasis is given to the socioeconomic aspects of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), as it is now widely recognized that MPAs must be designed to address social and economic considerations as well as conservation goals. This chapter reviews some of the main methodologies and conceptual frameworks used for MPA research and management which are u...
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I am afraid not as it is still being finalized. Please contact paulgoriup@gmail.com. he is the editor.
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Acoustic positional telemetry systems (APTs) represent a novel approach to study the behaviour of free ranging aquatic animals in the wild at unprecedented detail. System manufactures promise remarkably high temporal and spatial resolution. However, the performance of APTs has rarely been rigorously tested at the level of entire ecosystems. Moreove...
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The last 20 years of ocean research have allowed a description of the state of the large scales ocean circulation directly related to the development of two successful inter- national initiatives that lead to new remote and in situ observing systems; the T/P satellite altimetry missions and the Argo in situ programme. As a result, we have concentra...
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The European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires the Good Environmental Status of marine environments in Europe's regional seas; yet, maritime activities, including sources of marine degradation, are diversifying and intensifying in an increasingly globalized world. Marine spatial planning is emerging as a tool for rationalizing comp...
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The Mediterranean region is of fundamental importance to Europe given its strategic position. The responsibility for its overall ecosystem integrity is shared by European Union Member States (EU-MS) and other Mediterranean countries. A juxtaposition of overlapping governance instruments occurred recently in the region, with the implementation of bo...
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The spatial distribution of Pinna nobilis densities have been analysed through a geostatistical approach in the MPA of Cabrera National Park, Balearic Islands (Spain), Western Mediterranean Sea. Regression kriging was used to model the effect of environmental variables on the density of living individuals of P. nobilis and generate a predictive map...
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Recreational fishing effort greatly fluctuates in space and time. Therefore, one of the most relevant conceptual issues when managing recreational fishing is to understand the primary complexities associated with anglers' preferences in selecting site and day, and the way that these choices affect the catch. However, two practical pitfalls (data ac...
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Increased efforts to analyze the spatial and human dimensions of anglers are necessary to improve fisheries management. Fishing quality is considered to be important in angler site choice. This paper provides a geospatial framework for assessing and mapping fishing quality in recreational fisheries. The framework relies on three main components: 1)...
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Maritime transport plays an important role in the world trade and economics development. In Europe the “motorways on the sea” concept has been an important issue since the launch of the EU Transport white paper (EC 2001). An enclosed sea such as the Mediterranean is particularly vulnerable to ship-associated pressures due to a high-volume of shippi...
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SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (http://www.socib.es), is a Marine Research Infrastructure, a multiplatform distributed and integrated system, a facility of facilities that extends from the nearshore to the open sea and provides free, open and quality control data. SOCIB is a facility o facilities and has...
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Forty-four shore-normal transects along the Northwestern Mediterranean coast between the mouth of the Rhône River (France) and Valencia City (Spain) were sampled during the REDIT-I (September 1998, [R1]) and REDIT-II (December 1999, [R2]) campaigns. Polychaete distribution patterns on shallow littoral fine sands (10 to 50 m water depths) were analy...
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We present two different approaches to study human pressures within the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and further developments on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). The first approach considers a single driver or sector (ie., maritime transport) and its relation to multiple pressures and their relationship with descriptors...
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Effective fisheries management must consider spatial aspects of population dynamics, and acoustic telemetry has been extensively used to provide information on movement over different temporal and spatial scales. Here we used a fixed-receiver array to examine the spatio-temporal movement patterns of Labrus bergylta Ascanius 1767, a species heavily...
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New monitoring technologies are key components of ocean observatories, also called marine research infrastructures being implemented in the worlds oceans. As a result, new capabilities to characterise, in quasi-real time, the ocean state and its variability at small scales exist today. The challenge is the integration of theses multiplatform observ...
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New monitoring technologies are being progressively implemented in open-ocean and coastal observatories. The Mediterranean Sea is a well-known, reduced-scale ocean, an ideal natural laboratory to study global ocean processes, in particular those associated with meso- and submesoscale variability, interactions with mean flows and associated ecosyste...
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SOCIB, the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (http://www. socib.es), is a Marine Research Infrastructure, a multiplatform distributed and integrated system, a facility of facilities that extends from the nearshore to the open sea and provides free, open and quality control data. SOCIB is a facility o facilities and has...
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In the Western Mediterranean, the European squid Loligo vulgaris is exploited by both commercial and recreational fleets when it spawns in inshore waters. The inshore recreational fishery in the southern waters of Mallorca (Balearic Islands) concentrates within a narrow, well-delineated area and takes place during a very specific period of the day...
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The patterns of spatial and temporal activity during the spawning season for an important recreational and commercial target species from the Mediterranean Sea and mid-east Atlantic, Diplodus vulgaris, were investigated using acoustic telemetry. No diel behavior was found in the detection pattern and the probability of detecting any tagged fish was...
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The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) adopted in 2008 aims to protect the marine environment through the holistic Ecosystem Approach (EA). The MSFD requires Member States to develop and implement cost-effective measures to achieve and/or maintain “Good Environmental Status” (GEnS). To this end, interested parties require a large amount of...
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La gestión de los datos es uno de los elementos esenciales de los nuevos observatorios oceanográficos que se están implementando a nivel internacional. En la ICTS SOCIB el Centro de Datos es también el núcleo de SOCIB y en este trabajo se presenta esquemáticamente la IDE marina y costera desarrollada. Se describe el modelo conceptual, la arquitectu...
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Inventory-based approaches (i.e., those that directly relate species richness to explanatory variables) do not work on the medium and local scale that was studied in this paper; even when ecologically-meaningful environmental predictors were used. The use of an alternative approach (Taxon-based diversity mapping) is proposed. This approach starts b...
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Contrary to common belief, empirical evidence shows that a number of marine littoral fish species tend to remain in a small geographic area. Despite the growing awareness about the consequences of reduced mobility (e.g. design of marine protected areas), an accurate description of fish movement is technically difficult; thus, it is usually not cons...
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We used acoustic telemetry to describe the spatial and temporal patterns of habitat use of one of the species most targeted by recreational anglers in the NW Mediterranean, Serranus cabrilla (Linnaeus, 1758). Temporal patterns and fish position were determined using a fixed-receiver array located in a marine protected area (MPA) in Palma Bay (Balea...
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The short-term movements of a small temperate fish, the annular seabream Diplodus annularis (Linnaeus 1758), were examined using standard tag-recapture and passive acoustic telemetry in Palma Bay (NW Mediterranean), a marine protected area (MPA). The study aimed to provide valuable information for assessing the recreational fishery and its results...
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We examined the short-term movements of a small temperate fish, the painted comber Serranus scriba (Linnaeus 1758), within the marine protected area (MPA) of Palma Bay (NW Mediterranean) using passive acoustic telemetry, Fifteen adults were surgically implanted with acoustic transmitters and monitored between July 2007 and February 2008 for periods...
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Managing bait type might constitute a simple tool to influence the amount and composition of the fish catch in marine recreational fishing. To this end, the relationships between two types of natural bait and catch per unit effort (CPUE), yield per unit effort, species composition of the catch, fish size, and hooking injury were evaluated in a mixe...
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Concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as hexachlorobenzene (HCB), dichlore diphenyl trichloretane (DDT), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (gamma-HCH or lindane) were determined in tissue of marine benthic invertebrates such as Mytilus galloprovincialis, Chamelea gallina, Venus verrucosa, Lithop...

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I would be most grateful if anyone could provide some advise and references in order to generate pressure indicators from WWTPs within the context of the Water Framework Directive or the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, especially through the datasets provided by the European Environmental Agency

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MOVEMED project investigates the dynamics and links between human mobility and marine megafauna movement using a computationally intensive data-driven approach.
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