publication . Article . 2002

Biodiversity of a wreck from the Belgian Continental Shelf: monitoring using scientific diving: preliminary results

Massin, Cl.; Norro, A.; Mallefet, J.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2002
Scientific diving from aboard the r/v <i>Belgica</i> has been employed to carry out a preliminary study of the macrofauna living on a wreck (the <i>Birkenfels</i>) located on the Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS). The study revealed an extremely rich sessile and slow moving fauna (at least 40 species), 3 jellyfish species and 8 fish species. The presence of at least 51 species represents a biodiversity of macrofauna on the wreck that is much higher than that found in nearly all known surrounding soft bottorn communities belonging to the BCS. The covering of large parts of the wreck is represented by three species: <i>Sarsia eximia</i> (Hydrozoa) and <i>Jassa herdm...
free text keywords: Biodiversity, Diving, Research, Wrecks, ANE, Belgium
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