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Substratum heterogeneity of dredged vs un-dredged maerl grounds
Kamenos, N.A.; Moore, P.G.; Hall-Spencer, J.M. (2003). Substratum heterogeneity of dredged vs un-dredged maerl grounds. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 83(2): 411-413
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Abundance; Biodiversity; Ecotypes; Marine

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  • Kamenos, N.A.
  • Moore, P.G.
  • Hall-Spencer, J.M.

Abstract
    Maerl grounds are comparable to sea grass beds in terms of their high biodiversity, and are characterized by abundant juveniles of species such as the queen scallop, Aequipecten opercularis. Maerl grounds impacted by towed demersal fishing gears are structurally less heterogeneous than pristine, un-impacted maerl grounds, diminishing the biodiversity potential of these habitats.

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