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Characterization of the artisanal fishery and its socio-economic aspects in the central Mediterranean Sea (Aeolian Islands, Italy)
Abstract Artisanal or small-scale fishery represents an important share of the Mediterranean fishery, even if it has been poorly investigated until now. In order to improve the knowledge on thisExpand
Assessing the potential of Suez Canal shipping traffic as an invasion pathway for non-indigenous species in Central Mediterranean harbours
The shipping traffic visiting seven Central Mediterranean ports within Sicily and Malta over a period of one year (2013) and the ballast water volumes it transported was quantified and classifiedExpand
Ferrous iron‐ and ammonium‐rich diffuse vents support habitat‐specific communities in a shallow hydrothermal field off the Basiluzzo Islet (Aeolian Volcanic Archipelago).
It is demonstrated that iron-rich deposits contain complex and stratified microbial communities with a high proportion of prokaryotes akin to ammonium- and iron-oxidizing chemoautotrophs, belonging to Thaumarchaeota, Nitrospira, and Zetaproteobacteria. Expand
Diet of Atlantic lizardfish, Synodus saurus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Pisces: Synodontidae) in the central Mediterranean Sea
The analysis of stomach contents showed that this species is almost exclusively piscivorous, and mainly feeds on pelagic school-forming fish, such as Clupeidae, Engraulidae and Myctophidae and juveniles of Sparidae and Centracanthidae, and benthic prey play a secondary role. Expand
Fish community in a surf zone of the northern Sicilian coast (Mediterranean Sea): diversity and functional guild composition
Fish assemblage in a surf zone of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea was investigated for the first time, and Sardina pilchardus showed the highest abundance values, while Mugilids were the most frequently caught species. Expand
Environmental quality assessment of Grand Harbour (Valletta, Maltese Islands): a case study of a busy harbour in the Central Mediterranean Sea
Multivariate analyses suggest that MBT and TBT were factors that most influenced macrozoobenthic abundance and biodiversity. Expand
Marine litter in an EBSA (Ecologically or Biologically Significant Area) of the central Mediterranean Sea: Abundance, composition, impact on benthic species and basis for monitoring entanglement.
This research will support the implementation of monitoring "Harm" as recommended by the UN Environment/MAP Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Expand
Relationships between plastic litter and chemical pollutants on benthic biodiversity.
This study represents the first report about the abundance of plastic debris and its relationship to contaminants and infauna in Augusta harbour and can provide useful information for national and international laws and directives. Expand
Marine litter from fishery activities in the Western Mediterranean sea: The impact of entanglement on marine animal forests.
Assessment of marine litter abundance and its effects on the benthic fauna in an anthropised area of the Tyrrhenian Sea, finding that the establishment of a new MPA in the area could be a good solution to reduce ALDFG, resulting in the improvement of the ecological status of this coastal area. Expand