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dc.contributor.authorVella, Adriana
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Sinéad
dc.contributor.authorGiménez, Joan
dc.contributor.authorde Stephanis, Renaud
dc.contributor.authorMussi, Barbara
dc.contributor.authorVella, Joseph G.
dc.contributor.authorDoukara, Kamel Larbi
dc.contributor.authorPace, Daniela Silvia
dc.identifier.citationVella, A, Murphy, S, Giménez, J, et al. The conservation of the endangered Mediterranean common dolphin (Delphinus delphis): Current knowledge and research priorities. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst. 2021; 31( S1): 110– 136.
dc.description.abstract(1) Preservation of endangered species is now recognized as a relevant component of regional and global conservation actions achieved through the maintenance of the remaining populations in a favourable conservation status. The Mediterranean common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) is listed as an Endangered subpopulation in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, with declining numbers in some of the areas where it has been studied for numerous years. Prey depletion, fisheries bycatch, pollution, health risks, and climate change are among the recognized threats that the species is facing in the region. (2) The existing national, regional, and international legislation pertinent to Mediterranean countries should aid greater science–policy–management integration and support innovative research and monitoring towards effective conservation. The challenges inherent in studying the pelagic D. delphis should not preclude the use of long-term, year-round, multiplatform surveys, side by side with the latest molecular tools, which aid our understanding of its populations' genetic diversity, resistance to diseases, and resilience in a semi-enclosed fast-changing sea. (3) Addressing the multiplicity of problems confronting the species requires collaborative effort at all levels to share and merge resources, data, and expertise more efficiently. In this review, we provide an overview of the current knowledge on the Mediterranean common dolphin, the main threats, and knowledge gaps that are priorities for addressing its conservation, while providing clear recommendations for effectively safeguarding the species and its habitat at both local and regional levels.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofAquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Ecosystemsen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectcommon dolphinen_US
dc.subjectDelphinis delphisen_US
dc.titleThe conservation of the endangered Mediterranean common dolphin (Delphinus delphis): Current knowledge and research prioritiesen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationConservation Biology Research Group, Department of Biology, University of Malta, Msida, Maltaen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationThe Biological Conservation Research Foundation, BICREF NGO, Hamrun, Maltaen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationMarine and Freshwater Research Centre, Department of Natural Sciences, School of Science and Computing, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationCentre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI), Marine Ecology Group, Beaufort Building, Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ringaskiddy, Irelanden_US
dc.contributor.affiliationCIRCE (Conservation, Information and Research on Cetaceans), Cádiz, Spainen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationIEO, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Santander (Cantabria), Españaen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationOceanomare Delphis Onlus, Rimini, Italyen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Sciences of the Nature and Life, University of Blida 1, Blida, Algeriaen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationDepartment of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italyen_US
dc.subject.departmentMarine and Freshwater Research Centreen_US

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