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Assessment of the ecological status of Sicilian coastal waters according to a macroalgae based index (CARLIT)

Giancarlo Bellissimo
ARPA, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sicilia, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-5287-6686

Benedetto Sirchia
ARPA, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sicilia, Italy

Vincenzo Ruvolo
ARPA, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente della Sicilia, Italy


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In the frame of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC), a macroalgae based index (CARLIT) was applied along the Sicilian coastal water bodies (WBs) in order to assess for the first time their ecological status and collect accurate information on the distribution and abundance of shallow-water communities, especially of those most sensitive. The ecological quality ratio values, sensu WFD, showed “high”/“good” levels in all WBs with lushy forests of Cystoseira amentacea except two with “moderate” level due to the presence of stress-tolerant species related to local factors.
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Keywords: CARLIT, Cystoseira, Ecological status, Macroalgae, Sicilian coast, Water Framework Directive

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Pages: 519-528

Published by: Firenze University Press

Publication year: 2020

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-147-1.52

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Bellissimo, G.; Sirchia, B.; Ruvolo, V.; 2020; Assessment of the ecological status of Sicilian coastal waters according to a macroalgae based index (CARLIT). Firenze, Firenze University Press.


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