The fourth year

During the last year EMBOS started the Pilot Project to provide proof of the EMBOS concept with actual carrying out field observations using the standardized sampling methodology. In total 27 institutes of 16 different countries participated in this voluntary action (among which many MARS members), and in total 41 different location have been sampled and analyzed.
The data are being kept by LifeWatch Greece.

The following habitats and taxonomic groups were inventoried:

  1. Softbottom of coastal sites (mainly macro-zoobenthos; 12 stations)
  2. Softbottom of lagoons (mainly macro-zoobenthos; 7 stations)
  3. Hard substrate of coastal sites (macro-zoobenthos; macro-algae; 15 stations)
  4. Pelagial (phytoplankton, zooplankton; 11 stations)

The data have been analysed during several workshops at HCMR, Crete (Greece).

EMBOS ended its first (COST) phase with a presentation of the end results at the EMBS50, Helgoland (Germany), September 2015.

The EMBOS Pilot project presentations resulted in five publications:

Hummel, H., M. Frost, J.A. Juanes, J. Kochmann, C.F. Castellanos Perez Bolde, F. Aneiros, F. Vandenbosch, J.N. Franco, B. Echavarri, X. Guinda, A. Puente, C. Fernández, C. Galván, M. Merino, E. Ramos, P. Fernández, V. Pitacco, M. Alberte, D. Wojcik, M. Orchowska, M. Jahnke, F. Crocetta, L. Carugati, S. Scorrano, S. Fraschetti, P. Pérez García, J.A. Sanabria Fernández, A. Poromov, A. Iurchenko, A. Isachenko, A. Chava, C. Pavloudi, F. Bordeyne, S. Fie Andersen, E. Grace Tunka Eronat, T. Cakmak, P. Louizidou, J. Rico, S. Ruci, D. Corta Diego, S. Mendez, M. Rousou, L. de Clippele, A. Eriksson, W. van Zanten, A. Diamant, V. Kirienko Fernandes de Matos, 2015. A comparison o the degree of implementation of marine biodiversity indicators by European countries in relation to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2015, 95(8), 1519–1531. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315415000235

Hummel, H., Van Avesaath, P., Wijnhoven, S., Kleine-Schaars, L., Degraer, S., Kerckhof, F., Bojanic, N., Skejic, S., Vidjak, O., Rousou, M., Orav-Kotta, H., Kotta, J., Jourde, J., Pedrotti, M.L., Leclerc, J.-C., Simon, N., Rigaut-Jalabert, F., Bachelet, G., Lavesque, N., Arvanitidis, C., Pavloudi, C., Faulwetter, S., Crowe, T., Coughlan, J., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Dal Bello, M., Magni, P., Como, S., Coppa, S., Ikauniece, A., Ruginis, T., Jankowska, E., Weslawski, J.M., Warzocha, J., Gromisz, S., Witalis, B., Silva, T., Ribeiro, P., Fernandes De Matos, V.K., Sousa-Pinto, I., Veiga, P., Troncoso, J., Guinda, X., Juanes De La Pena, J.A., Puente, A., Espinosa, F., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Frost, M., Mcneill, C.L., Peleg, O. and Rilov, G. (2016) ‘Geographic patterns of biodiversity in European coastal marine benthos’, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, pp. 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416001119

Kotta, J., Orav-Kotta, H., Jänes, H., Hummel, H., Arvanitidis, C., Van Avesaath, P., Bachelet, G., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Bojanić, N., Como, S., Coppa, S., Coughlan, J., Crowe, T., Dal Bello, M., Degraer, S., De La Pena, J.A.J., Fernandes De Matos, V.K., Espinosa, F., Faulwetter, S., Frost, M., Guinda, X., Jankowska, E., Jourde, J., Kerckhof, F., Lavesque, N., Leclerc, J.-C., Magni, P., Pavloudi, C., Pedrotti, M.L., Peleg, O., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Puente, A., Ribeiro, P., Rilov, G., Rousou, M., Ruginis, T., Silva, T., Simon, N., Sousa-Pinto, I., Troncoso, J., Warzocha, J. and Weslawski, J.M. (2016) ‘Essence of the patterns of cover and richness of intertidal hard bottom communities: a pan-European study’, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, pp. 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416001351

Bello, M.D., Leclerc, J.-C., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Andrea De Lucia, G., Arvanitidis, C., Van Avesaath, P., Bachelet, G., Bojanic, N., Como, S., Coppa, S., Coughlan, J., Crowe, T., Degraer, S., Espinosa, F., Faulwetter, S., Frost, M., Guinda, X., Jankowska, E., Jourde, J., Juanes De La Pena, J.A., Kerckhof, F., Kotta, J., Lavesque, N., Magni, P., De Matos, V., Orav-Kotta, H., Pavloudi, C., Pedrotti, M.L., Peleg, O., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Puente, A., Ribeiro, P., Rigaut-Jalabert, F., Rilov, G., Rousou, M., Rubal, M., Ruginis, T., Silva, T., Simon, N., Sousa-Pinto, I., Troncoso, J., Warzocha, J., Weslawski, J.M. and Hummel, H. (2016) ‘Consistent patterns of spatial variability between NE Atlantic and Mediterranean rocky shores’, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, pp. 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315416001491 .

Puente, A., Guinda, X., Juanes de la Pena, J.A., Ramos, E., Echavarri-Erasun, De La Hoz, C.F., Degraer., S., Kerckhof, F., Bojanic, N., Rousou., M., Orav-Kotta, H., Kotta, J., Jourde, J., Pedrotti., M.L., Leclerc, J.-C., Simon, N., Bachelet, G., Lavesque, N., Arvanitidis, C., Pavloudi, C., Faulwetter, S., Crowe, T.P., Coughlan, J., Benedetti Cecchi L., Dal Bello, M.D., Magni, P., Como, S., Coppa, S., De Lucia, G.A., Rugins, T., Jankowska, E., Weslawski, J.-M., Warzocha J., Silva T., Ribeiro , P., MatosV., Sousa-Pinto, I., Troncoso, J., Peleg O., Rilov, G., Espinosa, F., Perez Ruzafa, A., Frost, M., Hummel, H., Van Avesaath, P. (in prep) ‘The role of physical variables in biodiversity patterns of intertidal macroalgae along European coasts’ Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom,