Recent loss of Gibraltar seagrasses

Bull, James C, Kenyon, Emma J, Edmunds, Danny and Cook, Kevan J (2009) Recent loss of Gibraltar seagrasses. Botanica Marina, 53 (1). ISSN 0006-8055

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Abstract

Worldwide, seagrasses face threats including climate change, disease and anthropogenic disturbance, with populations at the extremes of species’ distributions likely presaging future problems elsewhere in their geographical ranges. At the geographic limits of two marine macrophytes (Zostera marina and Posidonia oceanica) and under intense urbanization, seagrasses around Gibraltar are particularly vulnerable. However, the last published survey of Gibraltar seagrass meadows, in 1993, showed both species were abundant. We resurveyed this area and were unable to locate any seagrass in Gibraltar waters. Extensive coastal development and land reclamation make much former seagrass habitat in Gibraltar waters unsuitable, presenting substantial hurdles to any future restoration efforts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany > QK0900 Plant ecology
Depositing User: Emma Kenyon
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 12:21
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 12:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61956
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