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Bioecological study of the benthic communities on the soft bottom of the Vlora Gulf (Albania)
Maiorano, P.; Mastrototaro, F.; Beqiraj, S.; Costantino, G.; Kashta, L.; Gherardi, M.; Sion, L.; D'Ambrosio, P.; Carlucci, R.; D'Onghia, G.; Tursi, A. (2011). Bioecological study of the benthic communities on the soft bottom of the Vlora Gulf (Albania). J. Coast. Res. SI 58: 95-105. http://hdl.handle.net/10.2112/SI_58_9
In: Journal of Coastal Research. Coastal Education and Research Foundation: Fort Lauderdale. ISSN 0749-0208; e-ISSN 1551-5036, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, biocoenotic map, benthic communities, biodiversity

Authors  Top 
  • Maiorano, P.
  • Mastrototaro, F.
  • Beqiraj, S.
  • Costantino, G.
  • Kashta, L.
  • Gherardi, M.
  • Sion, L.
  • D'Ambrosio, P.
  • Carlucci, R.
  • D'Onghia, G.
  • Tursi, A.

Abstract
    Data on the soft bottom benthic communities of the Vlora Gulf along the Albanian coast were collected in the context of the international Centro Internazionale di Scienze del Mare (CISM) project funded by the Apulian region. The present study investigated and mapped the different communities inside the Gulf of Vlora, Albania, which are continuously affected by various natural and anthropogenic sources. Two research cruises were carried out in the Vlora Gulf during May 2007 and January 2008. During the first exploratory survey, the depth and morphology of the soft bottom was identified with a multibeam echo sounder and the Side-Scan–Sonar system; a preliminary map of the biocoenosis was created and a sampling plan was defined. In the second survey, 58 sampling stations were established in the study area using Van Veen grabs and scuba dives.

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