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Benthic macrophytes as a tool for delineating, monitoring and assessing ecological status: the case of Slovenian coastal waters
Orlando-Bonaca, M.; Lipej, L.; Orfanidis, S. (2008). Benthic macrophytes as a tool for delineating, monitoring and assessing ecological status: the case of Slovenian coastal waters. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 56(4): 666-676
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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  • Orlando-Bonaca, M., more
  • Lipej, L., more
  • Orfanidis, S., more

Abstract
    Benthic macrophytes from 51 sites in the upper infralittoral zone along the Slovenian rocky coast were sampled (randomly stratified) in order to (1) confirm water body (WB) boundaries, (2) select sampling points for a surveillance monitoring programme, and (3) assess preliminary Ecological Status Classes (ESC) within the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). Coverage data of macrophytes were analyzed by using cluster analysis, Simper analysis and the Ecological Evaluation Index (EEI). The vegetation was rather homogenously classified into two Cystoseiretum crinitae subassociations: Halopithetosum incurvae, and Cystoseiretosum compressae, and into Cystoseiretum barbatae association. Seven monitoring sites at a kilometer scale were selected in two significant sized WBs following the mixing zone principle and the EEI successional model. The preliminary assessment of the ESC with the EEI was in agreement with existing human pressures in the area. In view of the present results, benthic macrophytes and EEI could be valuable tools for the implementation of the WFD within the Mediterranean eco-region.

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  • Rocky shore algal data from North Adriatic Sea (Piran) in 2006, more

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