The Seascape of Demersal Fish Nursery Areas in the North Mediterranean Sea, a First Step Towards the Implementation of Spatial Planning for Trawl Fisheries
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AuthorsColloca, F. (Francesco); Garofalo, G. (Germana); Bitetto, I. (Isabella); Facchini, M.T. (Maria Teresa); Grati, F. (Fabio); Martiradonna, A. (Angela); Mastrantonio, G. (Gianluca); Nikolioudakis, N. (Nikolaos); Ordines, F. (Francesc); Scarcella, G. (Giuseppe); Tserpes, G. (George); Tugores, M.P. (María Pilar); Valavanis, V. (Vasilis); Carlucci, R. (Roberto); Fiorentino, F. (Fabio); Follesa, M.C. (Maria C); Iglesias, M. (Magdalena); Knittweis, L. (Leyla); Lefkaditou, E. (Eugenia); Lembo, G. (Giuseppe); Manfredi, C. (Chiara); Massutí, E. (Enric); Pace, M.L. (Marie Louise); Papadopoulou, N. (Nadia); Sartor, P. (Paolo); Smith, C.J. (Christopher J.); Spedicato, M.T. (Maria Teresa)
Editor/sMacKenzie, B.R. (Brian R.)
The identification of nursery grounds and other essential fish habitats of exploited stocks is a key requirement for the development of spatial conservation planning aimed at reducing the adverse impact of fishing on the exploited populations and ecosystems. The reduction in juvenile mortality is particularly relevant in the Mediterranean and is considered as one of the main prerequisites for the future sustainability of trawl fisheries. The distribution of nursery areas of 11 important commercial species of demersal fish and shellfish was analysed in the European Union Mediterranean waters using time series of bottom trawl survey data with the aim of identifying the most persistent recruitment areas. A high interspecific spatial overlap between nursery areas was mainly found along the shelf break of many different sectors of the Northern Mediterranean indicating a high potential for the implementation of conservation measures. Overlap of the nursery grounds with existing spatial fisheries ...
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