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Title: Refining deep-sea habitat classification schemes based on recent surveys in Maltese waters
Authors: Cantafaro, Annalucia
Aguilar, Ricardo
Garcia, Silvia
Knittweis, Leyla
Evans, Julian
Keywords: Biodiversity -- Malta
Deep-sea ecology -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la Mer Mediterranee
Citation: Cantafaro, A., Aguilar, R., Garcia, S., Knittweis, L., & Evans, J. (2019). Refining deep-sea habitat classification schemes based on recent surveys in maltese waters. Rapport Commission International Mer Mediterranee, 42, 16.
Abstract: ROV imagery is leading to the discovery of diverse deep-sea habitat types in the Malta Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) at depths of 200 to 1000 meters. These include rocky bottoms with mixed assemblages dominated by cold-water corals and gorgonians, as well as sponges with both encrusting and erect growth habits. Vast expanses of different types of soft-bottom habitats are also present, mostly dominated by Anthozoa, Foraminifera and/or burrowing infauna. New habitat categories will need to be added to the existing habitat classification schemes for the deep Mediterranean Sea, including those of the European Nature Information System (EUNIS), and the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), to accommodate some of these discoveries.
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