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Monitoring Human Activity in an Area Dedicated to the Protection of the Endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal

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Mediterranean monk seal populations have declined dramatically and survive in subpopulations scattered throughout their original distribution. The National Marine Park of Alonnisos, Northern Sporades is the first marine protected Area dedicated to the protection of the species in the Mediterranean. A Monitoring and Awareness Project has been carried out in the area from 1993 to 2000, the results of which have produced a detailed profile of the human usage pattern of the Park and indicated a significant reduction of illegal activities in the area. The pattern of human usage has enabled the monitoring team to adjust their efforts in the Park over time and provided essential baseline data for future management. The combined monitoring and awareness efforts have contributed significantly to the conservation of the Mediterranean monk seal by successfully protecting pupping sites and reducing human-induced mortality of the species in the area.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biological Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom 2: MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal, Athens, Greece

Publication date: 01 July 2004

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