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Title: Records of black coral (Antipatharia) and red coral (Corallium rubrum) fishing activities in the Maltese Islands
Authors: Deidun, Alan
Tsounis, G.
Balzan, Francesca
Micallef, Aaron
Keywords: Black corals
Fisheries -- Malta
Deep sea corals
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Citation: Deidun, A., Tsounis, G., Balzan, F., & Micallef, A. (2010). Records of black coral (Antipatharia) and red coral (Corallium rubrum) fishing activities in the Maltese Islands. Marine Biodiversity Records, 3, 1-6.
Abstract: This study presents a description of the little known coral fishery activities around the Maltese Islands. Apart from previously unpublished catch data on Corallium rubrum, this study also reveals, sporadic harvesting of black coral (Antipatharia) past and serves as a first record of Leiopathes glaberrima in Maltese waters. The data indicate that precious coral fishing was regulated on an arbitrary license system that was not based on scientific management. Both fisheries ceased in 1987, although personal communication with industry operators indicates that C. rubrum is still being unofficially fished on a reduced scale. As Mediterranean precious coral fisheries originated so long-age, and since so little is known about precious coral species’ distribution, the presented historical data may help in evaluating baseline levels of population status and past anthropogenic impact. Finally, the study also highlights the importance of an evaluation of the current population status of precious coral species and a more effective curbing of illegal fishing activities to achieve the desired conservation of the precious coral species in question.
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