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Italian marine reserve effectiveness: Does enforcement matter?
Marine protected areas (MPAs) have become popular tools worldwide for ecosystem conservation and fishery management. Fish assemblages can benefit from protection provided by MPAs, especially thoseExpand
Distribution and assessment of marine debris in the deep Tyrrhenian Sea (NW Mediterranean Sea, Italy).
A quantitative assessment of debris present in the deep seafloor was carried out in 26 areas off the coast of three Italian regions in the Tyrrhenian Sea, using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Expand
Oxygen-binding properties of cephalopod blood with special reference to environmental temperatures and ecological distribution
A significant decrease in oxygen affinity with temperature was demonstrated for the cephalopods from colder waters than for those from the tropics, and a significant increase in cooperativity with decreasing affinity for oxygen was found when the authors compared these oxygen-binding parameters at pH 7.4. Expand
Population structure, demographic history, and selective processes: contrasting evidences from mitochondrial and nuclear markers in the European spiny lobster Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787).
The European spiny lobster Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787) is an ecologically and economically important species inhabiting a wide geographic range that extends from the North-east Atlantic andExpand
Analyses of Nuclear ldhA Gene and mtDNA Control Region Sequences of Atlantic Northern Bluefin Tuna Populations
It is important to note that the absence of genetic evidence for population substructure does not unilaterally constitute evidence of a single panmictic population, as genetic differentiation can be prevented by large population sizes and by migration. Expand
MEDITS-based information on the deep-water red shrimps Aristaeomorpha foliacea and Aristeus antennatus (Crustacea: Decapoda: Aristeidae)*
A longitudinal gradient of catches has been observed where A. antennatus is more abundant in the west and A. foliacea in the east of the basin, which seems to confirm the intrinsic variability of the species. Expand
Persistence of Pristine Deep-Sea Coral Gardens in the Mediterranean Sea (SW Sardinia)
The existence of a nursery area for catsharks within the coral ramifications and the occurrence of a meadow of the now rare soft bottom alcyonacean Isidella elongata in small surviving muddy enclaves indicates that this ecosystem have to be considered a pristine Mediterranean deep-sea coral sanctuary that would deserve special protection. Expand
Distribution of Mullus barbatus and M. surmuletus (Osteichthyes: Perciformes) in the Mediterranean continental shelf: implications for management
Although both species undergo high fishing pressure, results did not demonstrate any decreasing trends in their abundance indices suggesting the existence of a good stock-recruitment relationship over the studied period, however, the dominance of young fish that has been found, makes the stocks highly vulnerable to recruitment changes; hence protection of spawning and nursery areas seems to be essential for their conservation. Expand
Development of sexual organs and fecundity in Octopus vulgaris Cuvier, 1797 from the Sardinian waters (Mediterranean Sea)
The results reported in this paper lead to easy identification of the different phases of sexual maturation of O. vulgaris and could constitute an important tool for defining assessment models in view of sound management of this species. Expand
Dystrophy effects on the LIZA RAMADA (Risso, 1826) (Pisces, Mugilidae) population in the Cabras lagoon (Central-Western Sardinia)
Fish samples were collected between 1999 and 2002 in the Cabras lagoon, the largest brackish area in Sardinia and one of the most important areas for the artisanal lagoon fishery in the MediterraneanExpand