Do small marinas drive habitat specific impacts? A case study from Mediterranean Sea

Marco Milazzo, Renato Chemello, Serena Felline, Antonio Di Franco, Mariagrazia Graziano, Giulio Franzitta

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Abstract

Many human activities add new structures to the marine landscape. Despite the fact that human structures cause some inevitable impacts, surprisingly little information exists on the effects of marina on natural marine assemblages. The aim of this paper is to assess habitat-specific response of benthic sessile organisms of rocky shores in relation to the presence of a small marina. Sampling was carried out at three coastal habitats (midshore, lowshore and subtidal) by means of visual censuses adopting an after-control-impact (ACI) experimental design. It appears that the marina affects the structure and composition of benthic communities of both the midshore and the lowshore. Little effect was evident on shallow subtidal assemblage structure. The results of the present study clearly show habitat-specific responses of coastal benthic assemblages to the presence of infrastructure. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)926-933
Numero di pagine8
RivistaMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume62
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2011

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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