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Filling the Gap of Data-Limited Fish Species in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: A Contribution by Citizen Science

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iSea, Environmental Organisation for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems, Ochi Av. 11, 55438 Agios Paulos, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Biology, University of Pisa, via Derna 1, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab Ltd., 202 Amathountos Av., Marina Gardens, Block B, Offices # 13–14, Parekklisia, 4533 Limassol, Cyprus
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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Hydrobiological Station of Rhodes, 85100 Rhodes, Greece
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8(2), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8020107
Received: 8 January 2020 / Revised: 2 February 2020 / Accepted: 5 February 2020 / Published: 10 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Coastal Fish Research)
The biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea is rapidly changing due to anthropogenic activity and the recent increase of seawater temperature. Citizen science is escalating as an important contributor in the inventory of rare and data-limited species. In this study, we present several records of five data-limited native fish species from the eastern Mediterranean Sea: Alectis alexandrina (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1817), Ranzania laevis (Pennant, 1776), Dalatias licha (Bonnaterre, 1788), Lophotus lacepede (Giorna, 1809), and Sudis hyalina (Rafinesque, 1810). All of the records were collected by a participatory process involving fishers and validated by associated taxonomic experts of the citizen science programme “Is it Alien to you? Share it!!!”. This study fills an important gap for the distribution of the reported species and signifies the important role of citizen participation as a tool for extending marine biodiversity knowledge and fisheries management in an area with several gaps of knowledge on targeted and non-targeted species. View Full-Text
Keywords: Alexandria pompano; Slender sunfish; Kitefin shark; Crested oarfish; Barracudina; eastern Mediterranean Sea Alexandria pompano; Slender sunfish; Kitefin shark; Crested oarfish; Barracudina; eastern Mediterranean Sea
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Naasan Aga Spyridopoulou, R.; Langeneck, J.; Bouziotis, D.; Giovos, I.; Kleitou, P.; Kalogirou, S. Filling the Gap of Data-Limited Fish Species in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: A Contribution by Citizen Science. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 107.

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