Anchoring damage on seagrass meadows (Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile) in Fethiye-Göcek specially protected area (Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey)


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OKUDAN E. Ş., Demir V., Kalkan E., Ünsal Karhan S.

Journal of Coastal Research, no.SPEC. ISSUE 61, pp.417-420, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.2112/si61-001.51
  • Journal Name: Journal of Coastal Research
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.417-420
  • Keywords: anchoring, Mediterranean Sea, Posidonia oceanica, seagrass
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This paper aims to describe the impacts of anchoring on the structure of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.)

Delile meadows in Fethiye-Göcek Specially Protected Area (Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey). This area,

hosting five marinas with yacht capacity of 1210 and over 2500 yacht visitors per day in the summer season, is

one of the important marine tourism centers in the Eastern Mediterranean zone. Besides, during summer months

in particular, yachts and daily excursion/blue voyage tour boats have used most of the bays in the area as the

pleasure travel and accommodation sites.

In this work, we provide evidence that the anchoring had a negative effect on the meadow cover. Field surveys,

including 581 scuba and 335 free dives revealed significant differences in the cover and conservation status of the

meadow between areas characterized by the presence of the scars caused anchors and their chains and areas

without them.

This paper aims to describe the impacts of anchoring on the structure of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile meadows in Fethiye-Göcek Specially Protected Area (Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Turkey). This area, hosting five marinas with yacht capacity of 1210 and over 2500 yacht visitors per day in the summer season, is one of the important marine tourism centers in the Eastern Mediterranean zone. Besides, during summer months in particular, yachts and daily excursion/blue voyage tour boats have used most of the bays in the area as the pleasure travel and accommodation sites. In this work, we provide evidence that the anchoring had a negative effect on the meadow cover. Field surveys, including 581 scuba and 335 free dives revealed significant differences in the cover and conservation status of the meadow between areas characterized by the presence of the scars caused anchors and their chains and areas without them. © 2011 Coastal Education & Research Foundation.