Artificial marine habitats in the Arabian Gulf: Review of current use, benefits and management implications

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dc.contributor.author Feary, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Burt, John en_US
dc.contributor.author Bartholomew, Aaron en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T03:33:17Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2010005430 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Feary David, Burt John, and Bartholomew Aaron 2011, 'Artificial marine habitats in the Arabian Gulf: Review of current use, benefits and management implications', Elsevier Ltd, vol. 54, pp. 742-749. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0964-5691 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18091
dc.description.abstract The use of artificial reefs in the Arabian Gulf have a history extending back over a century, when date palm trunks, stones, pottery and other materials were sunk in coastal areas to enhance fish catch. Historically, such artificial reefs formed an important component of the socio-economic development of coastal fisheries. In comparison, modern artificial reefs have taken on a variety of forms. The most widely recognized are purpose-build modular artificial reefs designed for the enhancement of fisheries yield, diving, and various other benefits. However, far more common within the Gulf are the large-scale unplanned artificial reefs that have been formed as a result of human activities in the marine system, such as large-scale coastal breakwaters, seawalls, jetties, pipelines, and oil and gas infrastructure. Although there is limited information on the role of these constructions in structuring Gulf marine communities, increasing evidence suggests that abundant and diverse communities of reef fish, coral and other benthos can develop on these structures, with important ecological implications in urbanized coastal areas in the Gulf. However, due to a variety of unintended consequences of artificial reef development such structures may also pose challenges to coastal marine management. We review the current published literature on artificial reefs in the Gulf in order to improve our understanding of the role that these structures play in Gulf coastal ecosystems, and to further develop regional management of artificial reefs. We explore the various types of artificial reef that exist in the Gulf and examine the benefits and challenges that these structures represent for coastal ecology and economics. Such information is essential for our improved understanding and management of these increasingly important ecosystems in the Gulf. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.07.008 en_US
dc.title Artificial marine habitats in the Arabian Gulf: Review of current use, benefits and management implications en_US
dc.parent Ocean & Coastal Management en_US
dc.journal.volume 54 en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation United States en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 742 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 749 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Faculty of Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 050200 en_US
dc.personcode 111649 en_US
dc.personcode 0000066340 en_US
dc.personcode 0000070783 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Environmental Science and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords COASTAL-DEFENSE STRUCTURES; FRAGILE SSP TOMENTOSOIDES; OFFSHORE OIL PLATFORMS; NORTH ADRIATIC SEA; BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS; COMMUNITY STRUCTURE; POPULATION BIOLOGY; NATURAL REEFS; BENTHIC COMMUNITIES; FISH PRODUCTION en_US
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