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AuthorSmyth, D.
AuthorAl-Maslamani, I.
AuthorChatting, M.
AuthorGiraldes, B.
Available date2017-01-03T10:57:56Z
Publication Date2016-12-15
Publication NameMarine Pollution Bulletinen_US
Identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.08.085
CitationD. Smyth, I. Al-Maslamani, M. Chatting, B. Giraldes, Benthic surveys of the historic pearl oyster beds of Qatar reveal a dramatic ecological change, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 113, Issues 1–2, 15 December 2016, Pages 147-155
ISSN0025326X
URIhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16307202
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/5136
AbstractThe study aimed to confirm the presence of historic oyster banks of Qatar and code the biotopes present. The research also collated historical records and scientific publications to create a timeline of fishery activity. The oyster banks where once an extremely productive economic resource however, intense overfishing, extreme environmental conditions and anthropogenic impacts caused a fishery collapse. The timeline highlighted the vulnerability of ecosystem engineering bivalves if overexploited. The current status of the oyster banks meant only one site could be described as oyster dominant. This was unexpected as the sites were located in areas which once supported a highly productive oyster fishery. The research revealed the devastating effect that anthropogenic impacts can have on a relatively robust marine habitat like an oyster bed and it is hoped these findings will act as a driver to investigate and map other vulnerable habitats within the region before they too become compromised.
Languageen
PublisherElsevier
SubjectMarine biotope classification
SubjectPearl oyster
SubjectOverfishing
SubjectAnthropogenic disturbance
SubjectPinctada radiata
SubjectArabian Gulf
TitleBenthic surveys of the historic pearl oyster beds of Qatar reveal a dramatic ecological change
TypeArticle
Pagination147-155
Issue Number1
Volume Number113


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