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dc.contributor.authorShimada, Takahiro
dc.contributor.authorMeekan, Mark G.
dc.contributor.authorBaldwin, Robert
dc.contributor.authorAl-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorSantillan, August Santillan
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.date.accessioned2021-08-11T06:32:56Z
dc.date.available2021-08-11T06:32:56Z
dc.date.issued2021-08-03
dc.date.submitted2021-01-05
dc.identifier.citationShimada, T., Meekan, M. G., Baldwin, R., Al-Suwailem, A. M., Clarke, C., Santillan, A. S., & Duarte, C. M. (2021). Distribution and temporal trends in the abundance of nesting sea turtles in the Red Sea. Biological Conservation, 261, 109235. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109235
dc.identifier.issn0006-3207
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109235
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/670551
dc.description.abstractMobile species often aggregate at predictable places and times to ensure that individuals find mates and breed in suitable habitats. Sea turtles demonstrate this life history trait, which can make these species highly susceptible to population declines if nesting habitats are lost or degraded. Conservation management thus requires knowledge of where and when turtles nest and changes in abundance in these habitats through time. Here, we compiled new and published data and used a novel analysis to describe seasonality, annual abundance and spatial distribution of nesting green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles in data-deficient populations that inhabit the Red Sea. Major new rookeries were identified for green turtles at Jazirat1 Mashabah (113 and 179 nesting females in 2018 and 2019) and for hawksbill turtles at Jazirat Al Waqqadi (79 nesting females in 2018), both of which are located on nearshore islands of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an area subject to industrial, residential and ecotourism developments. An upward trend in annual abundance of nesting sea turtles was estimated at some sites including Ras Al Baridi (Saudi Arabia), a major rookery of green turtles in the Red Sea, where the annual numbers increased from 14–110 individuals in 1982–1995 to 178 and 330 individuals in 2018 and 2019. This integrative work provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive information on nesting sea turtles in the Red Sea and documents a critical baseline for sea turtle conservation and future management effort.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was funded by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), Amaala, Beacon Development Company (BDC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and Australian Institute of Marine Science.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0006320721002871
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Biological Conservation. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Biological Conservation, [261, , (2021-08-03)] DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109235 . © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.titleDistribution and temporal trends in the abundance of nesting sea turtles in the Red Sea
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentBeacon Development Company
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.identifier.journalBiological Conservation
dc.rights.embargodate2023-08-03
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionAustralian Institute of Marine Science, Crawley, Western Australia 6009, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionUWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Environment and Science, Queensland Government, GPO Box 2454, Dutton Park, QLD 4001, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionFive Oceans (Environmental Services) LLC, Box 660, PC 131, Sultanate of Oman
dc.identifier.volume261
dc.identifier.pages109235
kaust.personShimada, Takahiro
kaust.personAl-Suwailem, Abdulaziz M.
kaust.personClarke, Christopher
kaust.personSantillan, August Santillan
kaust.personDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.date.accepted2021-06-27
dc.identifier.eid2-s2.0-85111731378
dc.date.published-online2021-08-03
dc.date.published-print2021-09


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