Comparative study of the parasite fauna of Pagellus erythrinus and Diplodus sargus inside and outside the Marine Reserve of Medes Islands (NW Mediterranean)
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AuthorsIsbert, W. (Wolf); Montero, F.E. (Francisco E.); López-Sanz, A. (Ángel); Sacanell, M. (Miquel); Orejas, C. (Covadonga)
KeywordsMarine Protected Areas
Parasites are used as biological tags in marine organisms, e.g. invertebrates, fishes and mammals. Some of these studies focus on migration events and/or stock separation of fishes, but they are also used as bio-markers for pollution events. In frame of the project “Una aproximación interdisciplinar al manejo y conservación marina: experiencias divergentes como base de estrategias globales” (Marine Protected Units in Chile and España, MAPUCHE), supported by the BBVA foundation, we studied the parasitic fauna of two fish species in the Marine Reserve of Medes Islands and its surroundings. The main goal of the study was to evaluate possible differences in the parasitic fauna of two fish species (taxonomic groups and abundance) inside and outside the reserve of Medes, in order to use parasites as a tag of the “reserve effect”. Both fish species were captured in the buffer zone (partially protected) and outside of the marine reserve of Medes Islands (NW Mediterranean). The selected species ...