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Jose Manuel Arcos

Jose Manuel Arcos
SEO/BirdLife · Marine Programme

Biologist

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Additional affiliations
August 2005 - present
Sociedad Española de Ornitología
Description
  • Coordination of Marine Programme at SEO/BirdLife
July 2002 - July 2005
University of Glasgow
Description
  • Postdoctoral Marie Curie fellowship
January 2002 - June 2002
Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
Position
  • Research: Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB)
Education
September 1990 - September 1995
University of Barcelona
Field of study
  • Biology

Publications

Publications (117)
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Worldwide, many seabirds are affected by fisheries in opposing ways: as a source of mortality from bycatch, but also by providing discards as a predictable and abundant food resource. This applies to the Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus, the most endangered European seabird, whose time to extinction was estimated at only ~40 years a decade...
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Protected areas play a key role in the preservation of biodiversity, but their implementation at sea is lagged behind terrestrial environments, especially in offshore areas. Here we describe the identification of foraging hotspots off the Mediterranean Iberian coast using three Procellariiform species as examples, and assess the stability of these...
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Unprecedented changes to the marine environment and growth of bio-logging science make detailed study of the movement ecology of threatened marine species timely. Here, we study spatial and temporal patterns of marine space use by a critically endangered seabird: the Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. Using a suite of bio-logging systems, 6...
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Although the breeding ecology of Audouin’s gull has been widely studied, its spatial distribution patterns have received little attention. We assessed the foraging movements of 36 GPS-tracked adult Audouin’s gulls breeding at the Ebro Delta (NW Mediterranean), coinciding with the incubation period (May 2011). This also coincided with a trawling mor...
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Animals explore and prospect space searching for resources and individuals may disperse, targeting suitable patches to increase fitness. Nevertheless, dispersal is costly because it implies leaving the patch where the individual has gathered information and reduced uncertainty. In social species, information gathered during the prospection process...
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Increasing human activities have detrimental consequences on marine ecosystems and their impact can have cumulative effects. Within marine ecosystems, seabirds respond to ecosystem variability and face multiple human pressures, especially threatened species. In long-lived species, juveniles and immatures could represent up to 50% of the total popul...
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Migratory marine species cross political borders and enter the high seas, where the lack of an effective global management framework for biodiversity leaves them vulnerable to threats. Here, we combine 10,108 tracks from 5775 individual birds at 87 sites with data on breeding population sizes to estimate the relative year-round importance of nation...
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Foraging distribution of flying seabirds is constrained by environmental factors influencing individual decision-making. This must be particularly true during the breeding period, when individuals face additional limitations imposed by their central-place foraging behaviour. We used GPS data loggers and Argos PTTs to track the foraging flights of B...
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Human fisheries provide scavengers with abundant and predictable feeding opportunities that may schedule their behavioural patterns. Using miniaturized global positioning system (GPS) tracking technology, we evaluated how Audouin’s gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), a Mediterranean endemic seabird that makes extensive use of feeding opportunities provid...
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This identification guide has been developed to support the monitoring of bycatch of vulnerable species in Mediterranean fisheries. The work has been produced within the context of the project “Understanding Mediterranean multi-taxa ‘bycatch’ of vulnerable species and testing mitigation– a collaborative approach” funded by MAVA Foundation through a...
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The distributions of migratory species in the ocean span local, national and international jurisdictions. Across these ecologically interconnected regions, migratory marine species interact with anthropogenic stressors throughout their lives. Migratory connectivity, the geographical linking of individuals and populations throughout their migratory...
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Healthy and productive marine ecosystems are important means of supporting maximum sustainable yield and blue growth. However, fisheries and other anthropogenic threats (e.g. pollution, habitat pressure, climate change or the introduction of non-indigenous species) can have potentially negative effects on the marine environment and ecosystems. In t...
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Shearwaters and petrels (hereafter petrels) are highly adapted seabirds that occur across all the world’s oceans. Petrels are a threatened seabird group comprising 124 species. They have bet-hedging life histories typified by extended chick rearing periods, low fecundity, high adult survival, strong philopatry, monogamy and long-term mate fidelity...
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Spatio-temporal variability of surface geostrophic mesoscale currents in the Balearic Sea (western Mediterranean) is characterized from satellite altimetry in combination with in-situ velocity measurements collected, among others, by drifting buoys, gliders and high-frequency radar. Here, we explore the use of tracking data from living organisms in...
Poster
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Les captures accidentals d’ocells marins en arts de pesca han estat descrites arreu del planeta. La majoria d’estudis es centren a avaluar i mitigar la captura d’aus en pesqueries professionals. Però, existeix molta menys informació sobre la interacció amb la pesca recreativa, que en el cas d’espècies costaneres també és potencialment important. El...
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Motivation: The BioTIME database contains raw data on species identities and abundances in ecological assemblages through time. These data enable users to calculate temporal trends in biodiversity within and amongst assemblages using a broad range of metrics. BioTIME is being developed as a community-led open-source database of biodiversity time se...
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This book has been published by the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO/BirdLife) in the framework of the MIGRA programme. In this work we analyse the movement ecology and at-sea behaviour of two related seabird species under conservation concern: the Scopoli's and the Cory's Shearwater. It focuses on Spanish populations, covering the entire distri...
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Marine megafauna, including seabirds, are critically affected by fisheries bycatch. However, bycatch risk may differ on temporal and spatial scales due to the uneven distribution and effort of fleets operating different fishing gear, and to focal species distribution and foraging behavior. Scopoli's shearwater Calonectris diomedea is a long-lived s...
Technical Report
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The accidental capture of seabirds and other marine animals in fishing gear is referred to as ‘bycatch’. Globally, bycatch is known to be one of the most significant threats to seabirds (Croxall et al., 2012). An estimated 700,000 birds are killed globally each year between the long-line and gillnet fisheries (Žydelis et al., 2013; Anderson et al.,...
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Seabird trajectories can be used as proxies to investigate the dynamics of marine systems and their spatiotemporal evolution. Previous studies have mainly been based on analyses of long range flights, where birds are travelling at high velocities over long time periods. Such data have been used to study wind patterns, and areas of avian feeding and...
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Bycatch mortality in longline fisheries is considered the main threat at sea for numerous seabird species. These incidental catches occur worldwide, but mortality levels are mainly determined by the specific traits of the fishery operating in each area and the feeding behaviour and local abundance of seabirds. In the Mediterranean, demersal artisan...
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Fisheries provide an abundant and predictable food source for many pelagic seabirds through discards, but also pose a major threat to them through bycatch, threatening their populations worldwide. The reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which intends to ban discards through the landing obligation of all catches, may force seabirds...
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Marine protected areas (MPAs) are considered one of the main tools in both fisheries and conservation management to protect threatened species and their habitats around the globe. However, MPAs are underrepresented in marine environments compared to terrestrial environments. Within this context, we studied the Atlantic non-breeding distribution of...
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Spatially explicit conservation measures are increasingly taking the central stage of conservation strategies, and networks of marine protected areas (hereafter MPAs) are being used to manage fisheries and to protect threatened species and marine habitats around the globe. There is an increasing interest to extend the application of MPAs to encompa...
Conference Paper
Fisheries and seabirds are intimately associated as both exploit the same productive areas. Some seabirds take advantage of fishery discards, mostly generated by trawlers, as a supplementary foraging resource, changing their foraging strategies linked to this predictable food. Thus it is expected that any change in fishing practices will have impor...
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Three medium-sized Puffinus shearwaters breed in Europe: Manx R puffinus, Yelkouan R yelkouan and Balearic Shearwaters R mauretanicus. These three, considered a single, polytypic species until relatively recently, can be difficult to identify in some situations, notably in a vagrant context. This paper presents a detailed review of the plumage vari...
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In, SEO/BirdLife 2012. Atlas de las aves en invierno en España 2007-2010. Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente-SEO/BirdLife. Madrid.
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Figure S1. (A) Parameter estimate ± standard error for the logistic GLMM to fit the proportion of rice field positions over the total feeding positions. Weekends were used as a reference level in the analysis. (B) 95% CI of the estimated proportion of rice field positions derived from the model. Figure S2. (A) Parameter estimate ± standard error fo...
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Some seabird species have learnt to efficiently exploit fishing discards from trawling activities. However, a discard ban has been proposed as necessary in Europe to ensure the sustainability of the seas. It is of crucial importance for the management and conservation purposes to study the potential consequences of a discard ban on the foraging eco...
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Esta monografía ha sido resultado de los estudios científicos del proyecto LIFE+ INDEMARES, cofinanciado por la Comisión Europea, y se ha basado en los estudios realizados por el Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), SECAC y SEO BirdLife.
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Esta monografía ha sido resultado de los estudios científicos del proyecto LIFE+ INDEMARES, cofinanciado por la Comisión Europea, y se ha basado en los informes realizados por el Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO), SECAC y SEO BirdLife.
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La monografía de los volcanes de fango del golfo de Cádiz se enmarca en una serie de 10 publicaciones en las que se detallan los resultados de la investigación de las áreas de estudio del proyecto LIFE+ INDEMARES.
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La monografía del Sur de Almería-Seco de los Olivos se enmarca en una serie de 10 publicaciones en las que se detallan los resultados de la investigación de las áreas de estudio del proyecto LIFE+ INDEMARES.
Technical Report
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El área del “Canal de Menorca” es un corredor marino situado entre las islas de Mallorca y Menorca, del archipiélago de las islas Baleares, que presenta una amplitud mínima entre islas de 36 kilómetros. En sus fondos se desarrollan hábitats representativos de los fondos mediterráneos en un perfecto estado de conservación, pero además es una zona im...
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El Banco de Galicia es un monte submarino profundo localizado al noroeste de la península ibérica, a 180 kilómetros de la costa gallega. Su cima se encuentra entre los 650 y los 1.500 metros de profundidad. Sus laderas, de elevadas pendientes, caen desde esta cima hasta las llanuras abisales situadas a 4.000 metros de profundidad. Esta montaña subm...
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Aquesta guia, com el seu nom indica, és un llibre que ens ajuda a conèixer de manera fàcil i amena l’entorn natural del nostre territori. El seu format és força adequat per trobar de manera ràpida allò que necessitem saber. Els continguts es divideixen en 12 parts: medi físic, flora i vegetació, fongs, insectes, invertebrats no insectes, invertebra...
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CapsuleThe breeding foraging and post-breeding dispersal movements of five satellite-tagged Bulwer's Petrels from the Canary Islands were recorded. Foraging trips lasted 5.6 days in average (n=3), while the mean distance covered was 1261 km, and foraging areas were located over the continental slope and the adjacent pelagic waters, around 1200-2000...
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The Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus is the most threatened seabird in Europe. Several recent research and conservation programmes from different countries (Spain, Portugal, France, UK and Ireland), using various methodologies such as colony monitoring, at-sea surveys, tracking and coastal censuses, brought new information about the popula...
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Apical pelagic species forage in predictable habitats, and their movements should signal biologically and ecologically significant areas of the marine ecosystem. Several countries are now engaged in identifying these areas based on animal tracking, but this is often limited to a few individuals from one breeding population, which may result in bias...
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Seabirds are facing a growing number of threats in both terrestrial and marine habitats, and many populations have experienced dramatic changes over past decades. Years of seabird research have improved our understanding of seabird populations and provided a broader understanding of marine ecological processes. In an effort to encourage future rese...
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The Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus is considered the most threatened seabird in Europe, based on a prediction of extinction within 3 generations in average. Such prediction was computed in 2004, based on a population estimate of 2,000 breeding pairs at that time. However, the breeding population has been recently updated to 3,193 pairs....
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La pardela mediterránea cría en islotes e islas en buena parte de la cuenca mediterránea, principalmente en la parte central y oriental, y de manera aislada en el mar Negro (Bourgeois y Vidal, 2008). Entre agosto y febrero hace movimientos dispersivos restringidos también a estas dos cuencas marinas. Las colonias más cercanas a las costas españolas...
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