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Deep gorgonian and black coral assemblages in the Mediterranean Sea

AuthorsGori, Andrea ; Grinyó, Jordi ; Dominguez-Carrió, Carlos ; Ambroso, Stefano ; López-González, Pablo J.; Gili, Josep Maria ; Bavestrello, G.; Bo, Marzia
Black corals
Deep-coastal bottoms
Continental shelf
Mediterranean Sea
Issue Date2019
CitationMediterranean Cold-Water Corals: Past, Present and Future 20: 245-248 (2019)
SeriesCoral Reefs of the World
AbstractCoral gardens are increasingly being reported at 40–200 m depth in the Mediterranean Sea. These coral assemblages are composed of gorgonians from shallow coastal rocky bottoms extending their distribution to deeper areas, as well as by gorgonians and black corals with distribution restricted to the continental shelf and upper slope. Gorgonians and black corals are among the main structural species in deep benthic ecosystems, providing shelter and reproductive grounds for a highly diverse associated fauna. Due to their branching morphology and erect position, these deep coral gardens are extremely vulnerable to several fishing activities (bottom trawling, long-lines and trammel net fishing) and should consequently be protected through an ecosystem-based fishery management
Description4 pages
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91608-8_20
Identifiersisbn: 978-3-319-91607-1
isbn: 978-3-319-91608-8
issn: 2008-2019
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