Science goes on!

You will find below the publications selected for September as well as a list of those that have been selected since spring.

Go online to the “Scientific Watch” section to consult all the selected publications. Remember to use the search field in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to identify a specific publication; you can search by keyword, author, paper…

Non-native species are a global issue for marine protected areas
The global extent of marine protected areas (MPAs) is increasing, yet non-native species (NNS) are a critically overlooked stressor that threatens MPA conservation goals. Despite the evidence that marine NNS affect protected species and habitats, there is limited understanding of… > Read the abstract

The importance of migratory connectivity for global ocean policy
The distributions of migratory species in the ocean span local, national and international jurisdictions. Across these ecologically interconnected regions, migratory marine species interact with anthropogenic stressors throughout their lives. Population declines of many migratory marine species have led to calls… > Read the abstract

Toward a coordinated global observing system for seagrasses and marine macroalgae
In coastal waters around the world, the dominant primary producers are benthic macrophytes, including seagrasses and macroalgae, that provide habitat structure and food for diverse and abundant biological communities and drive ecosystem processes. Seagrass meadows and macroalgal forests play key… > Read the abstract

First ex situ outplanting of the habitat-forming seaweed Cystoseira amentacea var. stricta from a restoration perspective
In the Mediterranean Sea, brown algae belonging to the Cystoseira genus play a valuable role as foundation species. Due to evidences of regression/loss of the habitats of these species caused by the interplay of human and climatic disturbances, active restoration… > Read the abstract

Modelling dolphin distribution within an Important Marine Mammal Area in Greece to support spatial management planning
Understanding marine mammal distributions in essential for conservation, as it can help identify critical habitat where management action can be taken. The semi enclosed Gulf of Corinth (Greece) has been identified as an Important Marine Mammal Area by the International… > Read the abstract

Bycatch of Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) in the Italian Adriatic midwater pair trawl fishery
Loggerhead turtles are among the most threatened marine megafauna worldwide, mainly because fishery-related incidental captures. The northern Adriatic Sea is one of the most overfished basins of the Mediterranean Sea and it supports a very valuable marine biodiversity, including sea… > Read the abstract

Past and present of Fucales from shallow and sheltered shores in Catalonia
Historical information of marine organisms needs to be incorporated to develop effective management plans and conservation targets. In the Mediterranean Sea most species of brown seaweeds of the order Fucales are threatened or endangered and need protection. This study merged… > Read the abstract

Anthropogenic impact is negatively related to coral health in Sicily (Mediterranean Sea) 
Shallow-water marine organisms are among the first to suffer from combined effects of natural and anthropogenic drivers. The orange coral Astroides calycularis is a shallow-water bioconstructor species endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Although this species raises conservation interest, information about… > Read the abstract

Interpretations of MPA winners and losers: a case study of the Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas Fisheries Reserve
There is a controversy in the literature on marine protected areas (MPAs) over the way their outcomes are portrayed in terms of winners and losers. On the one hand, many analysts have portrayed MPAs as win-win solutions, resulting in both… > Read the abstract

First attempts towards the restoration of gorgonian populations on the Mediterranean continental shelf 
In the Mediterranean Sea, gorgonians are among the main habitat-forming species of benthic communities on the continental shelf and slope, playing an important ecological role in coral gardens. Since gorgonians are long-lived and slow-growing species, impacts derived from fishing activities… > Read the abstract

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