Kuwait's marine biodiversity: Qualitative assessment of indicator habitats and species

Edmonds, N. J., Al-Zaidan, A. S., Al-Sabah, A. A., Le Quesne, W. J.F., Devlin, M. J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2194-2534, Davison, P. I. and Lyons, B. P. (2021) Kuwait's marine biodiversity: Qualitative assessment of indicator habitats and species. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 163. ISSN 0025-326X

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The tropical waters of the Northern Arabian Gulf have a long history of maritime resource richness. High levels of biodiversity result from the complex matrix of coastal habitats, coral reefs and sea grass beds that characterise the region. Insight into the ongoing health of such habitats and the broader Kuwait maritime environment can be gauged by the status of indicator species found within these habitats. Here we review information on the occurrence, distribution and threats to key marine habitats and associated indicator species to provide an updated assessment of the state of the Kuwait's marine biodiversity. Critical evaluation of historic data highlights knowledge gaps needed inform the focus of future monitoring and conservation efforts. This assessment is designed to evaluate performance against environmental policy commitments, while providing a solid foundation for the design of comprehensive marine ecosystem management strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: oceanography,aquatic science,pollution,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1900/1910
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2021 00:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 02:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80622
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111915

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