Filling a gap: a population of Eunicella verrucosa (Pallas, 1766) (Anthozoa, Alcyonacea) in the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (NE Sardinia, Italy)

Filling a gap: a population of Eunicella verrucosa (Pallas, 1766) (Anthozoa, Alcyonacea) in the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (NE Sardinia, Italy)

Among Mediterranean habitat-forming alcyonaceans, the sea fan Eunicella verrucosa is known to form dense forests at circalittoral depths, providing seascape complexity and sustaining a rich associated fauna. Its occurrence in the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (NE Sardinia) has

Environmental drivers and social structure features behind the low reproductive success of dusky groupers Epinephelus marginatus (Lowe, 1834) in a Mediterranean Marine Protected Area

Environmental drivers and social structure features behind the low reproductive success of dusky groupers Epinephelus marginatus (Lowe, 1834) in a Mediterranean Marine Protected Area

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are considered key tools for achieving the sustainability of coastal fisheries by allowing habitat and species conservation by means of use regulations and active management. The effects of protection are more visible in slow-growing, high site