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Trawl-survey data in the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean) collected in 1972, 1975 and 1981
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National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy; (2017): Trawl-survey data in the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean) collected in 1972, 1975 and 1981.
Contact: Fortibuoni, Tomaso

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In November 1972, the Laboratory of Marine Biology and Fisheries of Fano (LMBF, Italy) and the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (IOF, Croatia) organised a fishery-independent joint research in the Central Adriatic along the profile Fano-Dugi Otok (5 hauls), which was later extended to four profiles (17 hauls) in the Northern and Central Adriatic in October 1975. In September 1981, another survey performed three profiles in the Northern Adriatic Sea (9 hauls), replicating some of the stations sampled in 1975. more

Since stations coordinates were not explicitly available in the documents, they were geolocated by using a GIS software based on sampling locations as reported on printed maps. The depth of each station was extracted from the EMODnet Digital Bathymetry. The composition of the demersal assemblages (41 species in 1972, 59 species in 1975 and 36 in 1981) was sampled with the use of a bottom otter-trawl net and reported in terms of quantity and quality (CPUE: kg/h). Species synonymies were updated according to the modern nomenclature referring to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Some species are grouped into multispecies categories that group taxonomically similar species, i.e. species of the same genus or family (e.g. Raja spp., Triglidae). Sampling in 1972 was carried out by means of the Italian commercial trawler “Santi Medici” (300 HP; LOA = unknown), while in 1975 and 1981 by means of the Italian commercial trawler “Giannetto” (120 HP; LOA = 19 m). Few information are available in relation to the characteristics of the nets employed. “Giannetto” towed a net with cod-end mesh size of 18 mm, while “Santi Medici” towed a net with cod-end mesh size of 20 mm. The average tow speed was 3.5 knots for “Santi Medici” and 3 knots for “Giannetto”.

Biology > Fish
Marine/Coastal, Demersal trawl, Historical records, Marine Historical Ecology, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Adriatic Sea, Crustacea, Mollusca, Pisces

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 12,63; MinLat: 42,55 - MaxLong: 15,2; MaxLat: 45,11 [WGS84]
MED, Adriatic Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
November 1972
October 1975
September 1981

Taxonomic coverage
Crustacea [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]

Catch per unit effort, Depth

National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), moredata creator
Arneri, Enrico, data creator

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more

HMAP: History of Marine Animal Populations

Based on this dataset
Fortibuoni, T. et al. (2016). Common, rare or extirpated? Shifting baselines for common angelshark, Squatina squatina (Elasmobranchii: Squatinidae), in the Northern Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea). Hydrobiologia 772(1): 247-259.
Arneri, E. (1981). Osservazioni sulle risorse demersali dell’Alto e Medio Adriatico. MSc Thesis. University of Bologna: Bologna.
Describing this dataset
Fortibuoni, T. et al. (2017). Fish and fishery historical data since the 19th century in the Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean. Scientific Data 4: 170104.
Vrgoc, N. et al. (2004). Review of current knowledge on shared demersal stocks of the Adriatic Sea. FAO-MiPAF Scientific Cooperation to Support Responsible Fisheries in the Adriatic Sea. GCP/RER/010/ITA/TD-12. AdriaMed Technical Documents, 12 . FAO AdriaMed: Termoli. 91 pp.
Jukic, S.; Piccinetti, C. (1981). Quantitative and qualitative characteristics of demersal resources in the Adriatic Sea with some population dynamics estimates, in: Conseil General des Peches pour la Mediterranee (CGPM): Rapport de la deuxième consultation techniques pour l'évaluation des stocks dans l'Adriatique, Ancône, 18-22 mai 1981 = General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (GFCM): Report of the second technical consultation on stock assessment in the Adriatic, Ancone, 18-22 May 1981. FAO Fisheries Report = FAO Rapport sur les pêches, 253: pp. 73-91

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2016-09-05
Information last updated: 2017-03-23
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