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|Title:||Trawling as a major threat to Mediterranean maerl beds|
Borg, Joseph A.
Ramos Esplá, Alfonso A.
Schembri, Patrick J.
|Keywords:||Trawls and trawling -- Mediterranean Region|
Rhodomelaceae -- Mediterranean Sea
Marine ecology -- Mediterranean Sea
Red algae -- Mediterranean Sea
|Publisher:||Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas|
|Citation:||Bordehore, C., Borg, J. A., Lanfranco, E., Espla, A. A., Rizzo, M., & Schembri, P. J. (2000). Trawling as a major threat to Mediterranean maerl beds. First Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation, Ajaccio. 105-109.|
|Abstract:||European project MAST III CT95-0020 studied the characteristics of European maerl beds and the effects of human activities upon them. In the Mediterranean, trawling appeared as the major impact on these habitats. In this study we compare the characteristics of maerl beds from a fished and an unfished site from 2 localities, Alicante (SE Iberian Peninsula) and Malta (central Mediterranean). We conclude that recurrent trawling affects negatively the maerl ecosystem by decreasing the size and cover of the component calcareous algae and increasing the relative proportion of fines thus diminishing mean sediment grain size.|
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