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Benthic primary producers--a neglected environmental problem in Mediterranean maricultures?
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PMID:  14607535     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Marine fish farming is increasing rapidly in the Mediterranean and in contrast to the Atlantic the coastal zone in the Mediterranean is characterized by clear waters with high transparency. This allows benthic primary producers such as the slow-growing seagrass Posidonia oceanica to grow at large depths at locations suitable for fish farming and generating a conflict between the conservation of these meadows and the growth of aquaculture operations in the Mediterranean. In this paper we review the current knowledge on environmental interactions between fish farming and benthic primary producers with particular focus on P. oceanica, as this seagrass is a key component along Mediterranean coasts. The recovery times of P. oceanica are very long, in the order of centuries, and losses of this species are thus considered to be irreversible at managerial time scales.
Marianne Holmer; Marta Pérez; Carlos M Duarte
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2003 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-10     Completed Date:  2004-03-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1372-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK5230 Odense M, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Angiosperms / physiology*
Aquaculture / trends*
Conservation of Natural Resources*
Geologic Sediments / analysis
Marine Biology*
Mediterranean Sea
Water Pollution, Chemical

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