The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) establishing a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy has been developed and is being implemented, with the objective to deliver “Good Environmental Status” by 2020. A pragmatic way forward has been achieved through the development of 11 “qualitative descriptors”. In an attempt to identify gaps in MSFD, regarding the data on large marine vertebrates, the SETAC e Italian Branch organised a workshop in Siena (IT). Particular attention was paid to the qualitative descriptors 8 (contaminants and pollution effects) and 10 (marine litter). The specific remit was to discuss the potential use of large marine vertebrates (from large pelagic fish, sea turtles, sea birds and cetaceans) in determining the environmental status of pelagic marine ecosystems. During the workshop it emerged that large pelagic fish may be especially useful for monitoring short- to medium-term changes in pelagic ecosystems, while cetaceans provided a more integrated view over the long-term. A theme that strongly emerged was the broad recognition that biomarkers offer real potential for the determination of good ecological status detecting the “undesirable biological effects” (indicator for descriptor 8).
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|Titolo:||The role of large marine vertebrates in the assessment of the quality of pelagic marine ecosystems|
|Citazione:||Fossi, M.C., Casini, S., Caliani, I., Panti, C., Marsili, L., Aldo, V., et al. (2012). The role of large marine vertebrates in the assessment of the quality of pelagic marine ecosystems. MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, 77, 156-158.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|