Macoma balthica in the Baltic Sea – can signs of ongoing acidification be detected?

submitted by: Anna_Jansson

Ocean acidification (OA) is a serious threat to marine biodiversity. Most of the OA research, however, investigates impacts of predicted future pH values on survival and performance of marine species, while less attention is paid to the possible effects that OA has in its current extent. Shells of different organisms are widely used as environmental proxies, describing e.g. past salinity and temperature conditions.

Global mangrove mapping techniques:  a comparison of two approaches and their implications for real world decision making

submitted by: Claire_Fitzgerald

Understanding the advantages and limitations of different methods for mapping marine and coastal habitats is essential for the appropriate practical application of these datasets in real-world monitoring, assessment, and decision making.

Study and conservation of marine biodiversity in Indonesian reefs Clara Serra,Marco Segre Reinach,Yurij Barrettara and Marco Baj Coral Eye,Indonesian reef research out post

submitted by: Marco_Segre

High level of biodiversity means plenty  variety of species, high resilience and many ecological, cultural and economic  advantages.
The Italian-Indonesian group Coral Eye, thanks to the past cooperation with Italian University “Politecnica delle Marche”, realized in 2010 the first campus “Mata Karang”. The aim of the campus is to provide on- site the perfect instrument for all scientists involved in the study and preservation of biodiversity in coral reef ecosystem.

Cetaceans, are they mammals or fish? Our point of view

submitted by: Carmen_Arija
One of the current goals of Conservation Biology is the education of human society so that people establish relationships with nature depending on their culture. In this paper we began to explore the knowledge about cetaceans that Spanish urban society has. To do this, 411 people of different sex, ages, professions, educational levels and cities in Spain, were surveyed considering basic characteristics of cetaceans like "being a mammal" or "breathing through lungs". Our results show that...

Predicting the likely distribution of the invasive Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in a Norwegian fjord

submitted by: Pia_Norling
The invasive Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas has since 2007 established populations in Norwegian waters. The origin of C. gigas found in Norway is unknown, but several plausible factors such as unusually warm water temperatures and persistent westerly winds during 2006 may have caused an inflow of larvae from the Danish Wadden Sea. The species is known to drastically change blue mussel beds and soft bottom areas into massive oyster reefs with negative impact on birds and other marine...