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dc.contributor.authorDeidun, Alan
dc.contributor.authorTsounis, G.
dc.contributor.authorBalzan, Francesca
dc.contributor.authorMicallef, Aaron
dc.identifier.citationDeidun, 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.en_GB
dc.description.abstractThis 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 Apart from previously unpublished catch data on Corallium rubrum, this study also reveals, sporadic harvesting of black coral (Antipatharia) past and serves as a first record of Leiopathes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.en_GB
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd.en_GB
dc.subjectBlack coralsen_GB
dc.subjectFisheries -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectDeep sea coralsen_GB
dc.titleRecords of black coral (Antipatharia) and red coral (Corallium rubrum) fishing activities in the Maltese Islandsen_GB
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dc.publication.titleMarine Biodiversity Recordsen_GB
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