On the fauna of Egadi Islands marine protected area

Autore: Beltrano A.M., Cannizzaro L., Bono G., Vitale S., Milazzo A. Anno: 2003

On the fauna of Egadi Islands marine protected area di Beltrano A.M., Cannizzaro L., Bono G., Vitale S., Milazzo A. in Conference Paper Sep 2003: 38th European Marine Biology Symposium, At Aveiro
Abstract
The marine protected areas (MAPs) were considered effective means of biodiversity conservation and of management of environmental and socio-economic resources. For this aim need information useful to characterise the main environmental and anthropical elements of the area. This work want to provide a contribution to knowledge of fauna of Egadi Islands marine protected area. Egadi Islands, localised in the centre of Mediterranean sea, are the biggest Italian Marine Natural Reserve. This work analyze the islands shallow water fauna by data collected weekly, during one year (May 1999 - April 2000), by sample catch-effort survey. Several fishing techniques were employed to catch the species. A list of species was realised and diversity between Islands was measured. The fish catch fauna is mainly composed from Scorpaenidae, Labridae, Sparidae, Serranidae, Bothidae, Carangidae, Centracanthidae. The most common species caught were: Scorpaena spp. (15%), Sepia officinalis (8%), Octopus vulgaris (7%), Boops boops (6%). The information on catch composition in the area, could be useful to assess the resources, to compare biodiversity in the time and to management proposals.

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