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Title: The impact of marine litter from fish aggregation devices on vulnerable marine benthic habitats of the central Mediterranean Sea
Authors: Consoli, Pierpaolo
Sinopoli, Mauro
Deidun, Alan
Canese, Simonepietro
Berti, Claudio
Andaloro, Franco
Romeo, Teresa
Keywords: Marine debris -- Mediterranean Sea
Fish aggregation devices
Fisheries -- Equipment and supplies
Black corals -- Mediterranean Sea
Marine habitats -- Mediterranean Sea
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Consoli, P., Sinopoli, M., Deidun, A., Canese, S., Berti, C., Andaloro, F., & Romeo, T. (2020). The impact of marine litter from fish aggregation devices on vulnerable marine benthic habitats of the central Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 152, 110928.
Abstract: The aim of this research was to assess marine litter abundance and its effects on the benthic fauna in an area of the central Mediterranean Sea exploited by fisheries using fish aggregating devices (FAD). The study was carried out by means of a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). Derelict fishing gear, mainly FAD ropes, represented the main source of marine debris, contributing 96.2% to the overall litter. About 47% of debris items (mostly FAD ropes) entangled colonies of the protected black coral Leiopathes glaberrima. The results of this research will assist in the monitoring of “impact/harm” to the coral and other benthic communities, as recommended by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and by the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme. Preventive and mitigation measures (i.e., biodegradable fishing gear, onboard technology to locate and retrieve gear, reception and/or payment for old/retrieved gear, and introduction of no-take zones) to reduce the problem are discussed.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/51678
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