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See detailSeagrasses or caged mussels to bioassess the contamination rate of Mediterranean coastal waters? That is the question
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Galgani, François; Benedicto, José et al

in PeerJ (2015, May)

Biological indicators have the capacity to integrate the temporal changes of contaminants, concentrations or fluxes over various time-scales, and are thus considered as interesting tools for water quality ... [more ▼]

Biological indicators have the capacity to integrate the temporal changes of contaminants, concentrations or fluxes over various time-scales, and are thus considered as interesting tools for water quality biomonitoring. Since the mid-70ies, French programs have developed water monitoring approaches based on the use of bivalve molluscs; and recently the natural background and the extent of water contamination were bioassessed at the scale of the whole western Mediterranean. But even if bivalve molluscs are viewed as reliable bioindicators, their use is not always made easy as a result of their absence in numerous coastal regions that force their transplantation (cages) during several months before their sampling and analysis. This weakness led several scientists to evaluate the bioindicator abilities of other marine organisms. Seagrasses, whose ability to bioaccumulate contaminants proportionally to environmental contamination levels has been clearly demonstrated, have thus been proposed as an appropriate alternative tool for coastal water quality assessment. Very little studies have however so far considered the combined utilization of these two groups of bioindicator organisms, i.e. caged bivalve molluscs and seagrasses. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, we therefore compared and discussed the bioaccumulation of trace elements in the Neptune grass Posidonia oceanica and in caged Mediterranean mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis. The sampling was performed at the scale of the western Mediterranean. The two species told two contamination stories which, although sometimes different, showed to be complementary. P. oceanica and M. galloprovincialis bioaccumulated dissolved trace elements from the water column and thus provided information regarding trace element contamination severity integrated over several days to a few months. Seagrasses, strongly rooted in the sediments, reflected the long-term exposure to trace elements since sediments offer a degree of time integration over several years to decades. Caged mussels, as filter feeder artificially maintained in the water column, bioaccumulated trace elements from their particulate phase, and therefore gave valuable information regarding continental-terrigenous inputs to coastal waters. In conclusion, seagrasses and mussels should neither supplant, nor substitute, but rather complement each other in order to provide the full time- and space-integrated coastal contamination story of the Mediterranean. [less ▲]

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See detailTrace element contamination severity of coastal waters: A first bioassessment at the scale of the whole Mediterranean Sea
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Salivas-Decaux, Maylis; Lafabrie, Céline et al

in PeerJ (2015, May)

Human activities generate large volumes of waste that supply marine coastal environments in pathogens, organic matter, nutrients and toxicants. Among the wide range of toxicants are trace elements. Since ... [more ▼]

Human activities generate large volumes of waste that supply marine coastal environments in pathogens, organic matter, nutrients and toxicants. Among the wide range of toxicants are trace elements. Since the latter are toxic for aquatic organisms from threshold levels and as they are therefore likely to cause multiple damage to the population, the community and the ecosystem levels, their environmental occurrence has to be accurately monitored in order to guarantee appropriate environmental management of coastal zones and to preserve marine coastal ecosystems and the goods and services they provide. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, the present study aimed to monitor, for the first time, the coastal contamination of the entire Mediterranean by As, Ag, Cd, Cu, Hg, Ni and Pb, using Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile as bioindicator species. But sustainable coastal management also requires the development of appropriate contamination classification systems intended, among other purposes, for environmental managers and policy makers. The combined utilization of several complementary monitoring tools, i.e. water quality scale, pollution index (TEPI and TESVI) and spatial analysis (PCA, CA, correlation analysis and GIS mapping) successfully led to the development of an operational classification system of this kind. In particular, the mapping of the trace element contamination according to a new proposed 5-level water quality scale using the quantile method precisely outlined the contamination severity along Mediterranean coasts and facilitated interregional comparisons. The reliability of the use of P. oceanica as bioindicator species was further again demonstrated through several global, regional and local detailed case studies. In conclusion, holistic approaches such as developed in the present study should be privileged to accurately monitor the contamination rate of coastal waters and to transfer relevant information on this composite problem to environmental managers and policy makers. [less ▲]

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See detailPatch types in Posidonia oceanica meadows around Corsica. How can we use them in seascape ecology?
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Bonacorsi, Marina; Gobert, Sylvie ULg et al

Conference (2015, May)

The meadows formed by the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica are subjected to various natural (e.g., water movement, light availability, sedimentation) and anthropogenic (e.g., anchoring, trawling ... [more ▼]

The meadows formed by the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica are subjected to various natural (e.g., water movement, light availability, sedimentation) and anthropogenic (e.g., anchoring, trawling, fish farms, explosives) phenomena that erode them and create diverse types of patches. The assemblage of the P. oceanica matrix and these patches creates particular seascapes. On the basis of this assessment, we aimed to investigate the importance of the patch type in structuring P. oceanica seascapes and to offer new prospects in the large scale studies of seagrass meadows. Five sites encompassing large P. oceanica meadows ranging from 1.86 km² to 4.42 km² along the Corsican coast (France) were considered. Eleven patch types with different sizes, shapes and origins were identified using side scan sonar images (sonograms). Five were recognized as natural and five as anthropogenic. One can be of both origins. The resolution of the sonograms allowed to detect patches of various sizes ranging from 1 m² to 111 829 m². The relation between structural characteristics of patches and the whole seascape aspect was explored using seven landscape metrics relevant for the study of meadows patchiness (patch area, mean radius of gyration, area-weighted radius of gyration, coefficient of variation of the Euclidean nearest-neighbor distance, area-weighted perimeter-area ratio, landscape division index, number of patches). Only a small number of patch types appears to play the strongest role in the characterization of the P. oceanica seascapes. Furthermore, the use of seascape structures seems to be suitable for the development of new tools like indices for the assessment of human impacts on P. oceanica meadows. In this perspective we propose a new and simple index, the Patchiness Source Index (PaSI), to estimate the origin of the patchiness (natural or anthropogenic) for a given area. A landscape approach, as well as information on patch dynamic, should be integrated in the new indices that aim to assess the state of conservation of the whole P. oceanica ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping Posidonia oceanica meadows through time A story of precision, evaluation and fragmentation
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Jousseaume, Matthieu; Lejeune, Pierre et al

Poster (2015, May)

Over the last decades, the interest in mapping Posidonia oceanica beds has increased along with the improvement of the equipment’s precision of data acquisition. In Calvi Bay (Corsica, France) the meadows ... [more ▼]

Over the last decades, the interest in mapping Posidonia oceanica beds has increased along with the improvement of the equipment’s precision of data acquisition. In Calvi Bay (Corsica, France) the meadows cover an area of about 5 km² and are found at a depth ranging from 3 m to 37 m. The availability of three distinct datasets for 1997, 2002 and 2010 allowed to assess changes in the patchiness of the meadows in the bay and to investigate evolution of maps precision through a surface analysis via GIS software. Thus, three maps were elaborated combining aerial photographs and side scan sonar images. The meadows percentage of cover through time was assessed using four bathymetric sections: 0-10 m, 11-20 m, 21-30 m and 31-40 m. Differences in the patchiness of P. oceanica meadows between 1997 and 2010 appear to be moderate (less than 3 %) in the sections 0-10 m and 11-20 m and then greatly increase with depth: 24 % at 21-30 m and 39 % at 31-40 m. This amazing regression seems hardly natural and unlikely given the slight quantity of human activities that can cause damages on the P. oceanica meadows of the Calvi Bay. These results are likely to be mainly due to the improvement of precision and resolution of the aerial photographs (5 m in 1997, 0.8 m in 2002 and 0.5 m in 2010) and sonar images (5 m in 1997, 3 m in 2002 and 0.5 m in 2010). An issue of habitat determination (human vs instrumental) linked with the method adopted for mapping can also cause differences in the percentage of cover. Given the different accuracy among the three maps, the real regression and fragmentation of P. oceanica meadows could be hardly assessed. However, in several areas where the human activities are important, a clear regression or even a disappearance of the meadows has been observed. It is obvious that the last maps are more accurate than the previous ones and, thus, the former can be used for management purpose as well as for study on the patchiness; however, they still keep uncertainty no matter which method is used to create them. [less ▲]

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See detailMarine space ecology and seagrasses. Does patch type matter in Posidonia oceanica seascapes?
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Bonacorsi, Marina et al

in Ecological Indicators (2015), 57

The use of landscape tools in the study of seagrass meadows (seascapes) begins to be widely spreadbut still require the establishment of several basis, i.e. a patch type classification based on ... [more ▼]

The use of landscape tools in the study of seagrass meadows (seascapes) begins to be widely spreadbut still require the establishment of several basis, i.e. a patch type classification based on numericalcharacteristics. Thanks to the complex seascapes created by the Posidonia oceanica meadows, they appearto be suitable for a study at a patch type level (class), which bring a new insight of their arrangement at thewhole seascape scale. By interpreting side scan sonar images from the Corsican coast (France) through aGIS software, it was possible to describe 11 types of patches and to evaluate their natural or anthropogenicorigin. Comparison of different landscape metrics and wave exposure (Relative wave Exposure Index,REI) at the seascape and the patch level showed that the particularity of P. oceanica seascapes are mainlycharacterized by certain types of patches often of anthropogenic origin. Furthermore the REI seems not tobe a relevant index for a study at a class scale. A bathymetrical succession of natural patches was outlinedfrom the lower to the upper limit of the meadow, with a long-term dynamic opposed to a shorter oneconcerning anthropogenic patches. In order to assess the origin (natural or induced by human activities)of the patches in P. oceanica meadows, as well as in any other seagrass, a Patchiness Source Index (PaSI),ranging from 0 to 1, was defined. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a framework for assessment and management of cumulative human impacts on marine food webs
Giakoumi, Sylvaine; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Michel, Loïc ULg et al

in Conservation Biology (2015), 29(4), 1228-1234

Effective ecosystem-based management requires understanding ecosystem responses to multiple human threats, rather than focusing on single threats. To understand ecosystem responses to anthropogenic ... [more ▼]

Effective ecosystem-based management requires understanding ecosystem responses to multiple human threats, rather than focusing on single threats. To understand ecosystem responses to anthropogenic threats holistically, it is necessary to know how threats affect different components within ecosystems and ultimately alter ecosystem functioning. We used a case study of a Mediterranean seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) food web and expert knowledge elicitation in an application of the initial steps of a framework for assessment of cumulative human impacts on food webs. We produced a conceptual seagrass food web model, determined the main trophic relationships, identified the main threats to the food web components, and assessed the components’ vulnerability to those threats. Some threats had high (e.g., coastal infrastructure) or low impacts (e.g., agricultural runoff) on all food web components, whereas others (e.g., introduced carnivores) had very different impacts on each component. Partitioning the ecosystem into its components enabled us to identify threats previously overlooked and to reevaluate the importance of threats commonly perceived as major. By incorporating this understanding of system vulnerability with data on changes in the state of each threat (e.g., decreasing domestic pollution and increasing fishing) into a food web model, managers may be better able to estimate and predict cumulative human impacts on ecosystems and to prioritize conservation actions. [less ▲]

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See detailA consensual Diving-PAM protocol to monitor Posidonia oceanica photosynthesis
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Silva, João et al

in PeerJ (2015)

The seagrass Posidonia oceanica is widely recognized as an effective bioindicator of the health status of Mediterranean coastal waters. Chlorophyll fluorescence measurements, in particular through the ... [more ▼]

The seagrass Posidonia oceanica is widely recognized as an effective bioindicator of the health status of Mediterranean coastal waters. Chlorophyll fluorescence measurements, in particular through the Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) fluorometry method, are performed to study aquatic plant ecology and vitality and to assess their responses to diverse stressful factors. However, the current understanding of P. oceanica photosynthetic responses to environmental stresses does only allow scientists to use the PAM-method as a complementary tool to other more-robust monitoring techniques. Consequently, a more in-depth knowledge of the natural causes of variability of P. oceanica photosynthetic responses are a prerequisite to any surveys relying on that time and cost-effective method. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, this work aimed to determine the influence of several environmental (depth, daytime, season) and plant-specific characteristics (leaf age, leaf part analyzed, epiphytic coverage) on the photosynthetic responses (Y, ETR, RLC) of P. oceanica. Water temperature, irradiance and several biochemical parameters of the seagrass (chl.a, chl.b, C, N, P, micronutrients such as Fe, Cu) were measured as well. The field survey was performed in a pristine meadow in the Calvi Bay, Corsica. Environmental and plant-physiological characteristics deeply influenced P. oceanica photosynthetic responses. As an example, ETR decreased with depth, contrary to Y that mostly increased. ETR was lower in the basal part of leaf blade, and the epiphytic coverage of leaf tips slightly increased their ETR compared to leaf tips cleaned of epiphytes. Depth and leaf part-related variations in RLC were also observed. Because of this natural variability, it appears essential to develop a consensual protocol of chlorophyll fluorescence measurements to publish reliable and comparable results between studies. We therefore notably suggest to perform measurements close to midday, when photosynthetic responses are the highest; at 10-15 m depth in order to avoid, among others, low depth light irradiance variability; on the middle part of the 3rd-4th external leaf, well developed, highly photosynthetic, and little epiphyted. Finally, because P. oceanica fluorescence was correlated with N, P and chl.b leaf contents, the PAM-method could afterwards be used as bioindicator technique, according to the protocol proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailTaxonomic sufficiency for soft-bottom macrozoobenthos long term study - A case study in corsica
Donnay, Annick ULg; Pelaprat, Corinne; Lejeune, Pierre et al

Poster (2014, December)

Nowadays, the knowledge of the marine ecological quality status of an environment is essential and soft-bottom macrobenthos is one of the indicators used. Studies of soft-bottom macrobenthos are time ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, the knowledge of the marine ecological quality status of an environment is essential and soft-bottom macrobenthos is one of the indicators used. Studies of soft-bottom macrobenthos are time consuming and need expertise for organisms’ identification. Simplifications of these studies are tried and Taxonomic Sufficiency (TS) proposed by Ellis (1985) is one of research axes. For example, some studies highlight that family level identification could be sufficient to identify perturbed area (e.g: Bacci et al., 2009; De-La-Ossa-Carretero et al., 2012; Forde et al., 2013). Nevertheless, identification at species level could be recommended to have more precise information about the existing situation (Ajmal Khan, 2006) or to complete information from others levels (Conde et al., 2013). In Corsican waters where human impacts are less important than in main land waters, we present TS based on STARESO research studies between 2006 and 2012. This work is within the frameworks of the STARE-CAPMED program dedicated to STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystem Drifts. After Permanova analysis and Canonical analysis of principal coordinates, eight habitat types have been identified along Corsican coastal water. Their own reference conditions and ecological class boundaries have been evaluated. Those reference conditions and ecological status have been identified for species, genus and family level. A highly significant correlation of calculated values between species and genus levels (R²=0.93) has been determined and a significant correlation between species and family level (R²=0.75). Genus and family levels have a significant Spearman correlation with species level (p<0.05). An application of these reference conditions on the macrobenthos assemblages sampling on 14 stations in spring 2011 and late summer 2012 in Calvi Bay highlights areas with high, good or moderate ecological status. In conclusion, family level is sufficient to follow spatial and/or temporal ecological status. [less ▲]

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See detailEcology of 20 trace elements in Mytilus galloprovincialis
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Lejeune, Pierre et al

Conference (2014, December)

Trace elements (TEs) are considered as non-degradable pollutants. This persistent character can alter their natural biogeochemical balance in contaminated environments. TEs are further toxic for aquatic ... [more ▼]

Trace elements (TEs) are considered as non-degradable pollutants. This persistent character can alter their natural biogeochemical balance in contaminated environments. TEs are further toxic for aquatic organisms from threshold levels and are thus likely to cause multiple damages to the population, the community and the ecosystem levels. For these reasons, their environmental occurrence has to be accurately monitored. The main interest of the use of quantitative sentinel organisms to this end, or bioindicator species, is their capacity to give information on the bioavailability of environmental contaminants. Mussels from the genus Mytilus are particularly well suited organisms for the monitoring of the coastal contamination. Native wild and cultured Mytilus galloprovincialis Lamarck, 1819 have been widely used since around 40 years to this purpose along coasts of the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. But the accurate use of a bioindicator relies on the detailed knowledge of its ecophysiology and the influence of environmental variables on the bioaccumulation processes. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, the ecology of 20 TEs in M. galloprovincialis is therefore investigated. The mussel morphometry and biology firstly define the TE accumulation processes. Accumulated TE are internally regulated and redistributed between body compartments; these internal processes notably depend on the essential or non-essential character of TEs. As filter feeder, mussels accumulate soluble and suspended TEs whose environmental levels are determined by the geomorphology, the physico-chemistry and the hydrology of monitored coastal meadows. All these factors are acting together to modulate the TE accumulation processes in mussels. TE bioaccumulated levels further balance quickly when any physiological or environmental changes occur in order to reach a new steady-state with environmental TE loads. The ecology of TEs in M. galloprovincialis is thus complex and very dynamic; these considerations must be taken into account when monitoring the chemical contamination of coastal meadows. [less ▲]

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See detailIslands as reference stations for environmental studies: the case of Calvi Bay in Corsica
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lejeune, Pierre

Conference (2014, July 05)

Islands are subject to human activities and their impacts on land and marine ecosystems. They are also often isolated from some of the continental influences but on the other hand different kind of human ... [more ▼]

Islands are subject to human activities and their impacts on land and marine ecosystems. They are also often isolated from some of the continental influences but on the other hand different kind of human activities can be concentrated in small areas. These characteristics make possible the management of many programs that use whole islands, or some of their parts, as a reference station for environmental studies. From this perspective, the program STARE-CAPMED has begun in 2012 at STARESO, an oceanographic research station established at Calvi Bay (Corsica) since the early 70’s. It aims to create a reference station for the study of emerging local and global anthropogenic impacts on marine pristine ecosystems. Several universities are involved in this project and provide their expertise in various fields of marine sciences. This program provides a precise view of the environmental processes that occur, which are strongly linked with economic and cultural issues. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom nets to bottom traps: is exploitation of Norway lobsters a suitable option for Corsican common spiny lobster fishermen?
Patrissi, Michela; Astrou, Adèle; Pelaprat, Corinne et al

Poster (2014, May 20)

In Corsica (NW Mediterranean), most of the fishing activity is composed of small-scale artisanal fisheries, and takes place on the western coast. The common spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas) is the main ... [more ▼]

In Corsica (NW Mediterranean), most of the fishing activity is composed of small-scale artisanal fisheries, and takes place on the western coast. The common spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas) is the main target of Corsican netters. However, its populations have been declining since the 1950's, questioning the sustainability of this activity. We therefore tried to assess whether the fishing effort, currently mostly focused on common spiny lobsters, could be moved towards other commercially-interesting deep crustaceans, such as the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus), through diversification of artisanal fishing practices. With the help of local fishermen, we set up Scottish traps for Norway lobsters at depths of 300 to 400 meters, on sandy and muddy bottoms of both eastern and western coasts. Despite several tests using different baits and soak times at various depths or seasons, catches on the western coast were low. On the other hand, on the eastern coast, experimentation showed interesting yields, and large mean size (i.e. high commercial value) for both sexes. While more studies are needed to confirm these results and improve knowledge of Norway lobster stocks, trap fishing of this species on eastern coast of Corsica could be a suitable alternative for diversification of artisanal fisheries. [less ▲]

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See detailSEDIMENTS OXIDATION BY SEAGRASSES: INFLUENCE ON THE S CYCLE IN POSIDONIA OCEANICA (L.) DELILE INTERMATTES DYNAMIC
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Lejeune, Pierre; Pergent, Gérard et al

Poster (2014, May)

The Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica forms meadows and develops a complex of rhizomes, roots and sediment which is called “matte”. P. oceanica meadows show discontinuity patterns in the form of ... [more ▼]

The Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica forms meadows and develops a complex of rhizomes, roots and sediment which is called “matte”. P. oceanica meadows show discontinuity patterns in the form of sand or dead matte (matte without living shoots) patches, called “intermattes”, which can have natural or anthropogenic origins. Mechanical processes (e. g. currents, anchoring) can initiate intermattes formation but their dynamic after creation seems to be linked with the sediment chemistry, especially with S cycle. P. oceanica plays an important role in controlling coastal belowground biogeochemistry, in particular by oxidizing sediments through the release of O2 by roots. This process allows creating more suitable condition for plant growth and colonization. The lack of H2S oxidation in SO4 2- can lead to limitation of the plant development or its regression. In order to investigate the effect of oxidation condition in sediments on intermattes dynamic and the neighboring meadow, we initiate, in December 2013, a study on six intermattes (three natural, three anthropogenic) at different depths in Calvi Bay, in Corsica (France). We hypothesize that redox potential and H2S concentration in sediments play an important role in the regression of P. oceanica meadows, particularly after a mechanical anthropic impact like anchoring. It also may be possible that two different kinds of processes are involved for each type of intermatte. Regular samplings throughout two years are planed with the aim of evaluating the seasonal variations of physicochemical parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights for an old topic: seagrasses as bioindicators of coastal trace element pollution
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Lejeune, Pierre; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

in ARGYRO ZENETOS, ZENETOS (Ed.) Mediterranean Marine Science (2014, March)

The marine magnoliophyte Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile has been widely used since the mid-70th to biomonitor the coastal pollution of the Mediterranean in Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb and/or Fe. In contrast ... [more ▼]

The marine magnoliophyte Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile has been widely used since the mid-70th to biomonitor the coastal pollution of the Mediterranean in Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb and/or Fe. In contrast, other trace elements (TEs) like As, V, Ag, Be, Al, Mn, Co, Se, Mo, Sn, Sb and Bi, many of them categorized as TEs of environmental emerging concern, have been subject to nearly no ecotoxicological survey with that species. It has been shown that the French Mediterranean littoral was submitted to local, diffuse and/or chronic contaminations both by TEs broadly or little biomonitored with P. oceanica; high TE levels could further be linked to specific anthropic activities such as agriculture (Mo), mining (Cr, Sb, Zn), industries (As), storage and refinement of oil products (V, Pb) or presence of major ports and urban centres (Sn, Bi, Ag). It seems therefore necessary to expand the short list of the seven metals commonly monitored to other TEs, what is today easily achievable as current analytical methods allow the simultaneous determination of all a series of TEs within the same sample. Furthermore, only a multielement analysis in appropriate bioindicator species allow to correctly intercompare the pollution status of numerous sampling sites. To do this, we have calculated proper environmental indices, the trace element pollution index TEPI and the trace element spatial variation index TESVI. The TEPI is an index of the global contamination of a site, giving the same weight to each TE after mean normalization of their environmental concentrations. The TESVI estimates the global spatial variability of environmental concentrations of each TE levels, taking into account both punctual contaminations in impacted sites and the overall coastal spatial heterogeneity between all monitored sites.These two indices were successfully applied both at large (French Mediterranean littoral) and small (a Bay) spatial scales. Furthermore, they can be used in the framework of an intercomparative study compiling data from any previous monitoring surveys. We also highlighted that the ecophysiology and surrounding levels of TEs influenced in an equivalent manner the bioaccumulation process of TEs in P. oceanica. Consequently, this natural cyclic evolution of TE concentrations should be systematically quantified in regional reference sites. Finally, the rapid and proportionnal accumulation of TEs in P. oceanica traps huge amounts of contaminants and can stock them for longer periods of time in their bellow grounds tissues. P. oceanica meadows therefore play an efficient role of natural filter of TE coastal pollutions. [less ▲]

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See detailFolder STARESO Station de Recherches Sous-Marines et Océanographiques
Lejeune, Pierre; Pelaprat, Corinne; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

Learning material (2014)

STARESO (8 ̊45′ E, 42 ̊35′ N) (University of Liège, Belgium) is also a Technical Office toward communities and private customers in the field of marine environmental impact studies. STARESO is located in ... [more ▼]

STARESO (8 ̊45′ E, 42 ̊35′ N) (University of Liège, Belgium) is also a Technical Office toward communities and private customers in the field of marine environmental impact studies. STARESO is located in the Calvi Bay on the northwest coast of Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea. This oligotrophic area is classified as a “pristine site” where environmental disturbances caused by anthropogenic pressure are exceptionally low. The study site includes representatives of most major coastal ecosystems of the Mediterranean. The Calvi Bay is characterized by healthy benthic and pelagic ecosystems associated with a high biodiversity close the Liguro–Provençal current The marine lab offers direct access to the sea, and facilitates investigations using diving, boats, and laboratories. Since 1970, time series of physical, chemical, and biological data (sampling at sea with automated systems and sensors deployed in the Bay, as well as in situ experiments) have been recorded. In front of the lab, P. oceanica (L.) Delile is the dominant ecosystem going from the surface to a lower limit that reaches 37 m. The direct proximity of underwater in situ field analysis and the wet and dry lab allowed very easy sampling of biological material and fast processing of tissues. Finally, in the same way as an oceanographic ship, the marine lab offers full logistic capabilities (meeting rooms, efficient inter- net connection, meals, and lodging accommodations) that enabled scientific work day and night without interruption. [less ▲]

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See detailContrasting patterns of phytoplankton communities in two coastal ecosystems in relation to environmental factors (Corsica, NW Mediterranean Sea)
Garrido, Marie; Koeck, Barbara; Goffart, Anne ULg et al

in Diversity (2014), 6

Corsica Island is a sub-basin of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea, with hydrological features typical of both oligotrophic systems and eutrophic coastal zones. Phytoplankton assemblages in two coastal ... [more ▼]

Corsica Island is a sub-basin of the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea, with hydrological features typical of both oligotrophic systems and eutrophic coastal zones. Phytoplankton assemblages in two coastal ecosystems of Corsica (the deep Bay of Calvi and the shallow littoral of Bastia) show contrasting patterns over a one-year cycle. In order to determine what drives these variations, seasonal changes in littoral phytoplankton are considered together with environmental parameters. Our methodology combined a survey of the physico-chemical structure of the subsurface water with a characterization of the phytoplankton community structure. Sampling provided a detailed record of the seasonal changes and successions that occur in these two areas. Results showed that the two sampled stations presented different phytoplankton abundance and distribution patterns, notably during the winter–spring bloom period. Successions in pico-, nano-, and microphytoplankton communities appeared mainly driven by differences in the ability to acquire nutrients, and in community-specific growth rates. Phytoplankton structure and dynamics are discussed in relation to available data on the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea. These results confirm that integrated monitoring of coastal areas is a requisite for gaining a proper understanding of marine ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailRéseaux de surveillance DCE – Campagne 2012 – District « Corse »
Derolez, Valérie; Sargian, Peggy; Balbi, Yves et al

Report (2013)

Les programmes de surveillance liés à la mise en ╒uvre de la DCE sont coordonnés par le Ministère de l!Ecologie, du Développement Durable, des Transports et du Logement (MEDDTL). Dans chaque bassin ... [more ▼]

Les programmes de surveillance liés à la mise en ╒uvre de la DCE sont coordonnés par le Ministère de l!Ecologie, du Développement Durable, des Transports et du Logement (MEDDTL). Dans chaque bassin hydrographique ce sont les Agences de l!eau qui, avec l!Etat, prennent en charge l!application, la mise en ╒uvre de ces réseaux. Sur la façade méditerranéenne, Ifremer a assuré pour le compte du Schéma Directeur des Données sur l!Eau la maîtrise d!ouvrage de la troisième campagne du contrôle de surveillance, en coordonnant l!ensemble de l!acquisition des données et de leur synthèse en collaboration avec de nombreux partenaires : les Universités, des bureaux d!études, des structures locales de gestion et les services de l!Etat. Les résultats de cette troisième campagne de contrôles de surveillance DCE permettent d!avoir une bonne vision d!ensemble de la qualité des eaux littorales à l!échelle du district. Outre le suivi de la contamination chimique dans la matière vivante, cette campagne s!est enrichie d!un suivi dans la colonne d!eau avec l!utilisation d!échantillonneurs passifs. En eaux côtières, une seule masse d'eau est déclassée en raison de l'état chimique. Tous les éléments biologiques sont caractérisés par un très bon/bon état. Pour les eaux de transition, leur qualité biologique est déclassée par les macrophytes et/ou le phytoplancton. La classification officielle de l!état des masses d!eau du district se fera par le Système d!Evaluation de l!Etat des Eaux (SEEE), sous la responsabilité technique de l!Onema. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthèse des réseaux de surveillance soutenus par l’Agence de l’Eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse - eaux côtières de Méditerranée - juin 2013
Boissery, Pierre; Tomasino, Corinne; Giraud, Anaïs et al

Report (2013)

L’Agence de l’Eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse présente son premier atlas de la qualité des eaux marines issu des réseaux de surveillance des eaux côtières. Les résultats des mesures chimiques et biologiques ... [more ▼]

L’Agence de l’Eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse présente son premier atlas de la qualité des eaux marines issu des réseaux de surveillance des eaux côtières. Les résultats des mesures chimiques et biologiques, ainsi que l'analyse des pressions, montrent que les zones littorales et marines dégradées concernent 21% du linéaire méditerranéen et 19% de la mer, de la côte à 1 mille au large. Cette première édition regroupe les informations acquises sur la biologie (état de la faune, de la flore et de la biocénose), la chimie (contamination chimique, écotoxicologie et contamination de la chaîne trophique) et les pressions (activités de plaisance, usages en mer, rejets polluants et apports des cours d’eau côtiers) qui affectent le littoral. L'atlas couvre principalement la zone côtière mais il va s'étendre rapidement sur les eaux marines du large. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact des mouillages forains sur la qualité de l’eau et du phytoplancton : résultats d’une étude préliminaire menée en Baie de Calvi (Corse)
Goffart, Anne ULg; Lejeune, Pierre; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg

Conference (2012, May 16)

Le plus souvent, l’étude de l’impact des mouillages forains sur l’environnement aquatique concerne l’analyse des dégradations subies par la faune et la flore benthiques. Cependant, dans nos régions, la ... [more ▼]

Le plus souvent, l’étude de l’impact des mouillages forains sur l’environnement aquatique concerne l’analyse des dégradations subies par la faune et la flore benthiques. Cependant, dans nos régions, la grande majorité des bateaux de plaisance construits avant 2008 et de longueur inférieure à 24 mètres ne sont pas équipés d'installations de stockage des eaux résiduaires (eaux ménagères, douches, eaux noires des toilettes) et encore moins de traitement à bord des effluents. Une partie des eaux usées de la plaisance est donc rejetée en mer sans que leur charge polluante et leur impact sur les eaux de surface ne soient connus. De mai à septembre 2011, une étude pilote a été menée dans une zone de mouillage forain de taille moyenne de la Baie de Calvi (site de l’Alga) dans le double but d’analyser la qualité du phytoplancton (biomasse et composition) et la charge en Escherichia coli des eaux de surface. Les données obtenues à l’Alga sont comparées à celles du point de référence DCE pour l’étude du phytoplancton, situé à proximité de STARESO. Les résultats obtenus à l’Alga mettent en évidence les éléments suivants : 1. Biomasse phytoplanctonique totale : la biomasse phytoplanctonique totale de l’Alga est proche de celle mesurée à la station de référence; 2. Composition phytoplanctonique : alors que la composition du phytoplancton du site de référence est constante au cours de la saison estivale, le phytoplancton de l’Alga se caractérise par une augmentation progressive de la concentration en Cyanobactéries, un groupe dont la croissance est favorisée par la présence d’ammonium; 3. Charge en E. coli : des concentrations de 100 à 300 E. coli par 100 ml d’eau sont mesurées de juillet à septembre dans tous les échantillons de surface de la zone de mouillage alors qu’elles sont toujours absentes de la station de référence. Les apports diffus liés aux rejets des eaux usées de la plaisance paraissent donc suffisants pour affecter la composition du phytoplancton et la charge bactérienne des eaux de surface d’une zone de mouillage forain de taille moyenne. Les implications en termes d’impact sur la qualité de l’eau et de l’écosystème seront discutées. Depuis mars 2012, un suivi complet de l’influence de la zone de mouillage forain de l’Alga sur l’écosystème côtier est réalisé dans le cadre du projet STARECAPMED. [less ▲]

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See detailThe seascape as an indicator of environmental interest and quality of the Mediterranean benthos: the in situ development of a description index: the LIMA
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Chéry, Aurélia; Volpon, Alexandre et al

Conference (2011, March)

The LIMA index conveys the environmental interest and quality of the landscape formed by the Mediterranean benthos, ranging from 0 to -40 m, in numerical format. The LIMA index allows a comparison ... [more ▼]

The LIMA index conveys the environmental interest and quality of the landscape formed by the Mediterranean benthos, ranging from 0 to -40 m, in numerical format. The LIMA index allows a comparison spatially and temporarily between sites. It is a comprehensive index which is easy to implement and is composed of two factors: a topographical description (classification of 15 typologies) and a biological description (the presence or absence of some thirty species or groups of structuring, remarkable and invasive species). The LIMA index has been validated in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica-France) where it varies between 0.31 and 0.79 on a scale of 0.00 to 1.00. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiparametric observations and analysis in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica), an ideal site for studying the human activity effects and climate changes in the Mediterranean Sea; STARESO
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg et al

Conference (2010, May)

STARESO (Station de REcherche Sous marine et Océanographique) is the marine and oceanographic research station of the University of Liège (Belgium) managed by the French company STARESO S.A.. Constructed ... [more ▼]

STARESO (Station de REcherche Sous marine et Océanographique) is the marine and oceanographic research station of the University of Liège (Belgium) managed by the French company STARESO S.A.. Constructed in 1969, it is located near Calvi (Corsica, Western Mediterranean Sea) in an oligotrophic area chosen for the exceptional quality of its coastal waters STARESO offers to the oceanographers, by diving or with boats, a direct access to the sea. The variety of the accessible ecosystems is remarkable and unique in the Mediterranean basin: -the Bay of Calvi is characterized by healthy and very diverse biocenosis (e.g. Posidonia meadows, rocky and sandy communities, -a steep submarine canyon, with depths greater than 1 000 meters, is accessible in 15 minutes of navigation; -the Liguro-Provençal front, a major hydrologic structure, is situated between 10 and 15 miles of the coast. STARESO is accessible all the year for everybody and is functioning like an oceanographic research vessel. The Station is a platform for all oceanographic disciplines with a scientific expertise widely based on a long tradition of interdisciplinary work, and a direct access to time series of physical, chemical and biological data registered with automated systems and variety of sensors deployed in the Bay of Calvi since 30 years. This platform provides the opportunity to reach coastal, pelagic, benthic, deep systems with a manageable cost and ship requirements in a pristine zone. [less ▲]

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