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Marina Antonopoulou

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Publications (24)
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The northwestern Indian Ocean hosts globally crucial marine biodiversity, which is relatively understudied. There has, however, been significant research and conservation effort focused on marine turtles across the region in recent decades. We undertook an exhaustive review of 251 relevant publications to extract and collate the current information...
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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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Aim Understanding the spatial ecology of animal movements is a critical element in conserving long‐lived, highly mobile marine species. Analyzing networks developed from movements of six sea turtle species reveals marine connectivity and can help prioritize conservation efforts. Location Global. Methods We collated telemetry data from 1235 indivi...
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The development of desalination has been essential to the rapid economic development of the countries bordering the Arabian Gulf. The current production capacity of sea water desalination plants drawing water from Gulf is over 20 million m 3 day − 1 , which may rise to 80 million m 3 day − 1 by 2050. Whilst supporting aspects of sustainable develop...
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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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There is limited information on postnesting dispersal of green turtles Chelonia mydas from nesting sites in the Arabian region. Understanding habitat connectivity can promote effective conservation programs across a wider range of critical sea turtle habitats. We present postnesting migration data for 9 green turtles departing from Ras Al Hadd in O...
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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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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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The development of desalination has been essential to the rapid economic development of the countries bordering the Arabian Gulf. The current production capacity of sea water desalination plants drawing water from Gulf is over 20 million m 3 day − 1 , which may rise to 80 million m 3 day − 1 by 2050. Whilst supporting aspects of sustainable develop...
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Citation: Phillott, A.D. and Rees, A.F. (Eds.) (2020). Sea Turtles in the Middle East and South Asia Region: MTSG Annual Regional Report 2020. Report of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group, 2020.
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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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During the May 2019-May 2020 period, the Arabian Sea Whale Network (ASWN) has maintained communication between members and with external organisations through a website and an email group. Many ASWN members helped to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) by writing proposals and participating in the IMMA workshop held in Oman in March 2019...
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We present the first data on hawksbill turtle post-nesting migrations and behaviour in the Arabian region. Tracks from 90 post-nesting turtles (65 in the Gulf and 25 from Oman) revealed that hawksbills in the Arabian region may nest up to 6 times in a season with an average of 3 nests per turtle. Turtles from Qatar, Iran and the UAE generally migra...
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We present a previously unrecorded short-term behavioural response by hawksbill sea turtles to elevated sea surface temperatures in the Persian/Arabian Gulf. Surface waters typically exceed 30 °C for sustained periods during the summer, and can be likened to a natural living laboratory for understanding thermoregulatory behaviour by marine species...

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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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This project aims at contributing the conservation of critically important marine ecosystems and biodiversity of Sir Bu Nair for the benefit of the environment, society and future generations. - To strengthen existing management structures - To develop a robust long-term scientific monitoring - To implement science-based protection measures to improve ecosystem resilience