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The monitoring of opportunistic macroalgal blooms for the water framework directive.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17070853     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Among the various quality elements which the Water Framework Directive requires should be monitored are macroalgae. One aspect of these is the presence, in transitional waters particularly, of large blooms of opportunistic macroalgae, such as Ulva and Enteromorpha. Within the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland (RoI) there are currently no set ecological quality objectives or standards for macroalgae. Nor are there standard methods for monitoring macroalgal blooms, although various combinations of aerial photography, remote sensing and measurements on the ground are used. This paper attempts to set a logical framework for the prioritisation of sites for monitoring, the development of a tiered monitoring procedure and the derivation of thresholds for classification. Draft threshold limits for percentage cover and biomass of macroalgae have been derived from the literature. The importance of secondary effects and physico-chemical parameters is discussed.
C M Scanlan; J Foden; E Wells; M A Best
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-27     Completed Date:  2007-04-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  162-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Greyhope Road, Aberdeen AB11 9RD, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Algae / growth & development*
Environmental Monitoring / methods*,  standards*
Great Britain
International Cooperation / legislation & jurisprudence
Population Density
Seawater / chemistry*
Species Specificity

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