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Long-term changes of fisheries landings in enclosed gulf lagoons (Amvrakikos Gulf, W Greece): influences of fishing and other human impacts

July 26, 2013

The present study analyses long-term annual fishery landings time series (1980-2007) for species derived from six lagoons (covering about 70 km2) around an important European wetland, the fjord-like Amvrakikos gulf. Landing trends for most abundant species revealed that typical lagoon fish species-groups, such as Mugilidae (Mugil cephalus, Chelon labrosus, Liza saliens, Liza aurata and Liza ramada), eels (Anguilla anguilla) and Gobies (mainly Zosteriosessor ophiocephalus) had largely decreased, while the landings of Sparus aurata increased during the entire study period. These trends led to a significant change in species composition during recent years that might be attributed to large-scale climatic changes as well as serious anthropogenic impacts that degraded the water quality and altered the hydrology within the gulf and lagoons, the increase of fishing exploitation in Amvrakikos gulf, the expansion of aquaculture activities within the gulf, the application of new fishing management practices in lagoons, and the increase of fish-eating sea-bird populations. The findings are needed for the implementation of an efficient and integrated management tool for the study of coastal systems.

Katselis G N, Maoutopoulos D K, Dimitriou E N, Koustikopoulos C, in press. Long-term changes of fisheries landings in enclosed gulf lagoons (Amvrakikos Gulf, W Greece): influences of fishing and other human impacts, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2013.07.004. Article.

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