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Soft-bottom macrozoobenthos from the littoral zone of the Natura 2000 MPA "Ropotamo", Southern Bulgarian Black Sea (2013)
Klayn S, Karamfilov V (2021): Soft-bottom macrozoobenthos from the littoral zone of the Natura 2000 MPA Ropotamo, Southern Bulgarian Black Sea (2013). v1. Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS). Dataset/Samplingevent.
Contact: Klayn, Stefania

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Abundance (individuals/m2) of macrozoobenthic taxa at littoral/upper infralittoral soft-bottom stations in the Natura 2000 MPA "Ropotamo" (BG0001001), southern Bulgarian Black Sea. The data were collected during field surveys of IBER-BAS in 2013 as part of project COCONET. The dataset also contains a visual description of sediment type at the stations, and a habitat type classification to EUNIS L3. more

Project COCONET has two main themes: 1 - identify prospective networks of existing or potential marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, shifting from a local perspective (centred on single MPAs) to the regional level (network of MPAs) and finally the basin scale (network of networks). The identification of the physical and biological connections among MPAs will elucidate the patterns and processes of biodiversity distribution. Measures to improve protection schemes will be suggested, based on maintaining effective exchanges (biological and hydrological) between protected areas. The national coastal focus of existing MPAs will be widened to both off shore and deep sea habitats, incorporating them into the networks through examination of current legislation, to find legal solutions to set up transboundary MPAs. 2 - explore where offshore wind farms (OWF) might be established, producing an enriched wind atlas both for the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. OWF locations will avoid too sensitive habitats but the possibility for them to act as stepping-stones through MPAs, without interfering much with human activities, will be evaluated. Socioeconomic studies employing ecosystem services valuation methods to develop sustainable approaches for both MPA and OWF development will also be carried out, to complement the ecological and technological parts of the project, so as to provide guidelines to design, manage and monitor networks of MPAs and OWF. Two pilot projects (one in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Black Sea) will test in the field the assumptions of theoretical approaches, based on previous knowledge, to find emerging properties in what we already know, in the light of the needs of the project. Title : Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential (CoCoNET) Funding: FP7-KBBE - Specific Programme "Cooperation": Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology Grant agreement ID: 287844 Funding scheme: CP-IP-SICA - Large-scale integrating project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA) Study Area Description: Mediterranean and Black Seas Purpose: The data were collected to characterize the current diversity and community structure of macrozoobenthic communities, and map the distribution of habitats in the shallow littoral zone of the Natura 2000 MPA Ropotamo (Bulgarian Black Sea).

Marine/Coastal, Coastal zone, Community composition, Littoral zone, Marine invertebrates, Marine parks, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Black Sea, Bivalvia, Gastropoda, Hirudinea, Malacostraca, Nemertea, Platyhelminthes, Polychaeta, Thecostraca

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 27,7117; MinLat: 42,2178 - MaxLong: 27,7911; MaxLat: 42,366 [WGS84]
MED, Black Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 11 July 2013 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]
Hirudinea [WoRMS]
Malacostraca [WoRMS]
Nemertea [WoRMS]
Platyhelminthes [WoRMS]
Polychaeta [WoRMS]
Thecostraca [WoRMS]


Abundance of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit area of the bed [BODC]
Description of lithology of sediment by visual estimation [BODC]

Bulgarian Academy of Sciencesdata creator
Klayn, Stefania

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Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2021-08-25
Information last updated: 2021-08-25
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