WP3 Field work activities

 


WP3 Training session

WP3 training session (Barcelona-L‘Estartit-Blanes Spain, 2-5 May 2017). A great event in which WP3 partners shared and displayed the restoration protocols in the field and in the lab. This training was very successful and allowed to set up more consistent methodologies among partners for restoration activities

 

  

 

 


Restoration of coralligenous ecosystems (Italian NW coast) - UNIVPM and GAIA

Gallinara Island and Portofino Promontory, on the Italian NW coast, are two of the sites selected for the restoration of coralligenous habitats. This will be done both in shallow (30 m of depth) and mesophotic (70 m of depth) conditions. Before proceeding, a general characterization of the seafloor has been performed in both areas. To optimize research efforts currently running in the frame of another EU project (Green Bubbles RISE www.greenbubbles.eu), UNIVPM and GAIA team used the data collected by an innovative underwater photogrammetric approach, developed by UBICA srl, a SME partner in the Green Bubbles project, with the support of UNIVPM.

Preparation of gorgonian transplants at Gallinara Island


Restoration actions for mesophotic Cystoseira forests (Northwestern Mediterranean Sea) - UB

One of the main MERCES project’s goal involve the design of restoration tools for mesophotic habitat-forming species. These include Mediterranean mesophotic habitats dominated by Cystoseira zosteroides. During last summer, UB team tested different restoration techniques in the Medes Islands Marine Protectes Area. Different techniques were selected to test the restoration effectiveness, and also to minimize the impact on the scarce well-preserved populations of C. zosteroides

Picture of a recruitment plate, with the different substrates to test, inside a C. zosteroides population (a), detail of the recruits thriving on two different substrates (b)

 

Restoration of coralligenous ecosystems (Italian NW coast) - UNIVPM and GAIA

Gallinara Island and Portofino Promontory, on the Italian NW coast, are two of the sites selected for the restoration of coralligenous habitats. This will be done both in shallow (30 m of depth) and mesophotic (70 m of depth) conditions. Before proceeding, a general characterization of the seafloor has been performed in both areas. To optimize research efforts currently running in the frame of another EU project (Green Bubbles RISE www.greenbubbles.eu), UNIVPM and GAIA team used the data collected by an innovative underwater photogrammetric approach, developed by UBICA srl, a SME partner in the Green Bubbles project, with the support of UNIVPM.

Preparation of gorgonian transplants at Gallinara Island


Restoration actions for mesophotic Cystoseira forests (Northwestern Mediterranean Sea) - UB

One of the main MERCES project’s goal involve the design of restoration tools for mesophotic habitat-forming species. These include Mediterranean mesophotic habitats dominated by Cystoseira zosteroides. During last summer, UB team tested different restoration techniques in the Medes Islands Marine Protectes Area. Different techniques were selected to test the restoration effectiveness, and also to minimize the impact on the scarce well-preserved populations of C. zosteroides

Picture of a recruitment plate, with the different substrates to test, inside a C. zosteroides population (a), detail of the recruits thriving on two different substrates (b)


Marine Reserve in Porto Cesareo: drilling and caging to have Cystoseira back - CoNISMa and UniSalento