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An ecosystem-based approach to assess the status of Mediterranean algae-dominated shallow rocky reefs

AuthorsThibaut, Thierry; Blanfuné, Aurélie; Boudouresque, Charles F.; Personnic, Sébastien; Ruitton, Sandrine; Ballesteros, Enric ; Bellan-Santini, Denise; Bianchi, C. N.; Bussotti, Simona; Cebrian, Emma ; Cheminée, A. ; Culioli, Jean-Michel; Derrien-Courtel, Sandrine; Guidetti, P.; Harmelin-Vivien, M.; Hereu, Bernat; Morri, C.; Poggiale, Jean-Christophe; Verlaque, M.
KeywordsPhotophilic algae
Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
Biological indicator
Mediterranean Sea
Issue Date2017
CitationMarine Pollution Bulletin : DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.029 (2017)
AbstractA conceptual model was constructed for the functioning the algae-dominated rocky reef ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea. The Ecosystem-Based Quality Index (reef-EBQI) is based upon this model. This index meets the objectives of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. It is based upon (i) the weighting of each compartment, according to its importance in the functioning of the ecosystem; (ii) biological parameters assessing the state of each compartment; (iii) the aggregation of these parameters, assessing the quality of the ecosystemfunctioning, for each site; (iv) and a Confidence Index measuring the reliability of the index, for each site. The reef- EBQI was used at 40 sites in the northwestern Mediterranean. It constitutes an efficient tool, because it is based upon awide set of functional compartments, rather than upon just a fewspecies; it is easy and inexpensive to implement, robust and not redundant with regard to already existing indices.
DescriptionEste artículo contiene 18 páginas, 4 figuras, 5 tablas.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.029
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