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Debunking paradigms in estuarine fish species richness (2019)
Journal Article
Waugh, A., Elliott, M., & Franco, A. (2019). Debunking paradigms in estuarine fish species richness. Marine ecology progress series, 613, 125-138. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12883

The comparison of species complements within and between habitats and geographical areas is a fundamental aspect of ecological assessments. However, many influences resulting from variability in sampling and data analysis often hinder the ability to... Read More

Temperate Estuaries: their ecology under future environmental changes (2019)
Book Chapter
Ducrotoy, J., Elliott, . M., Cutts, N., Franco, A., Little, S., Mazik, K., & Wilkinson, M. (2019). Temperate Estuaries: their ecology under future environmental changes. In E. Wolanski, J. Day, M. Elliott, & R. Ramesh (Eds.), Coasts and Estuaries: The Future, 577-594. Elsevier. doi:10.1016/C2017-0-00731-0

Macrotidal temperate estuaries are naturally highly dynamic ecosystems which support internationally important ecological populations and habitats. At the same time they have long been the sites of extensive urban, industrial, and agricultural develo... Read More

Report on the species responses to climate-related factors, and their interactions. CERES (Climate change and European aquatic RESources) Project (EU, Horizon 2020 - BG-02-2015 Forecasting and anticipating effects of climate change on fisheries and aquacu (2018)
Report
Catalan, I., Morales-Non, B., Dominguez, P., Kamermans, P., Auch, D., Reglero, P., …Peck, M. (2018). Report on the species responses to climate-related factors, and their interactions. CERES (Climate change and European aquatic RESources) Project (EU, Horizon 2020 - BG-02-2015 Forecasting and anticipating effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture). Deliverable D2.1, April 2018. EU: European Commission

Habitat loss and gain: Influence on habitat attractiveness for estuarine fish communities (2017)
Journal Article
Amorim, E., Ramos, S., Elliott, M., Franco, A., & Bordalo, A. A. (2017). Habitat loss and gain: Influence on habitat attractiveness for estuarine fish communities. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 197, 244-257. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.043

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Habitat structure and complexity influence the structuring and functioning of fish communities. Habitat changes are one of the main pressures affecting estuarine systems worldwide, yet the degree and rate of change and its impact... Read More

Follow on to the development of spatial models of essential fish habitat for the South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Areas (2016)
Report
Franco, A., & Shona, T. (2016). Follow on to the development of spatial models of essential fish habitat for the South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Areas. UK: Marine Management Organisation

The ability to spatially locate resources in the marine environment with confidence and at high resolution is central to marine planning and required to manage anthropogenic activities for a sustainable integrated use of the sea. Essential fish habit... Read More

Can the effects of anthropogenic pressures and environmental variability on nekton fauna be detected in fishery data? Insights from the monitoring of the artisanal fishery within the Venice lagoon (2016)
Journal Article
Zucchetta, M., Scapin, L., Cavraro, F., Pranovi, F., Franco, A., & Franzoi, P. (2016). Can the effects of anthropogenic pressures and environmental variability on nekton fauna be detected in fishery data? Insights from the monitoring of the artisanal fishery within the Venice lagoon. Estuaries and coasts : journal of the Estuarine Research Federation, 39(4), (1164-1182). doi:10.1007/s12237-015-0064-y. ISSN 1559-2723

Nekton communities in transitional ecosystems are naturally adapted to stressful conditions associated with high environmental variability. Human activities in these systems are likely to determine additional stress with a possible effect on fish fau... Read More

Benthic monitoring and sampling design and effort to detect spatial changes: A case study using data from offshore wind farm sites (2015)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Quintino, V., & Elliott, M. (2015). Benthic monitoring and sampling design and effort to detect spatial changes: A case study using data from offshore wind farm sites. Ecological Indicators, 57, (298-304). doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.04.040. ISSN 1470-160x

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The exploitation of renewable energies, in particular offshore wind farms (OWFs), is an expanding sector which involves activities that may adversely affect the marine benthic ecology. Fit-for-purpose monitor... Read More

Marine biodiversity and ecosystem function relationships: The potential for practical monitoring applications (2015)
Journal Article
Papadoyoulou, N., Patricio, J., Queiros, A. M., Strong, J. A., Andonegi, E., Bizsel, K. C., …Solaun, O. (2015). Marine biodiversity and ecosystem function relationships: The potential for practical monitoring applications. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 161, (46-64). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.04.008. ISSN 0272-7714

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. There is an increasing demand for environmental assessments of the marine environment to include ecosystem function. However, existing schemes are predominantly based on taxonomic (i.e. structural) measures of biodiversity. Biodi... Read More

Linking food web functioning and habitat diversity for an ecosystem based management: A Mediterranean lagoon case-study (2014)
Journal Article
Brigolin, D., Facca, C., Franco, A., Franzoi, P., Pastres, R., Sfriso, A., …Pranovi, F. (2014). Linking food web functioning and habitat diversity for an ecosystem based management: A Mediterranean lagoon case-study. Marine environmental research, 97, (58-66). doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.02.006. ISSN 0141-1136

We propose a modelling approach relating the functioning of a transitional ecosystem with the spatial extension of its habitats. A test case is presented for the lagoon of Venice, discussing the results in the context of the application of current EU... Read More

Spatial models of essential fish habitat (South Inshore and Offshore marine plan areas) (2013)
Report
Franco, A., Thomson, S., Bathia, N., & Barnard, S. (2013). Spatial models of essential fish habitat (South Inshore and Offshore marine plan areas). UK: Marine Management Organisation

The aim of the project was to improve the spatial resolution of data on essential fish habitats for key fish species (both of commercial and ecological relevance) in the South Inshore and South Offshore marine plan areas, and to assess the relative v... Read More

Sensitivity analysis to explore responsiveness and dynamic range of multi-metric fish-based indices for assessing the ecological status of estuaries and lagoons (2012)
Journal Article
Alvarez, M. C., Franco, A., Pérez-Domínguez, R., & Elliott, M. (2013). Sensitivity analysis to explore responsiveness and dynamic range of multi-metric fish-based indices for assessing the ecological status of estuaries and lagoons. Hydrobiologia, 704(1), (347-362). doi:10.1007/s10750-012-1314-7. ISSN 0018-8158

Fish-based multi-metric indices are an integral tool in implementing effective water policy initiatives for transitional waters. This study analysed the behaviour of three fish indices (TFCI in the UK, ELFI in France and EFAI in Portugal) developed f... Read More

Current developments on fish-based indices to assess ecological-quality status of estuaries and lagoons (2012)
Journal Article
Pérez-Domínguez, R., St.raykov, V., St.Raykov, V., Borja, A., Courrat, A., Uriarte, A., …Elliott, M. (2012). Current developments on fish-based indices to assess ecological-quality status of estuaries and lagoons. Ecological Indicators, 23, (34-45). doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.03.006. ISSN 1470-160x

Estuaries and lagoons are especially affected by anthropogenic pressures. This has resulted in symptoms of degradation including water quality impairment and loss of aquatic biota. Protection of aquatic biodiversity and management of these coastal sy... Read More

Age and reproductive investment in grass goby females in the Venice lagoon (2011)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Malavasi, S., Pranovi, F., Franzoi, P., & Torricelli, P. (2012). Age and reproductive investment in grass goby females in the Venice lagoon. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 93(3), (419-425). doi:10.1007/s10641-011-9931-y. ISSN 0378-1909

The present work describes the relationship between age and reproductive investment in the grass goby females in the Venice Lagoon. Age was estimated by otoliths reading, while reproductive investment was assessed by either the relative number of mat... Read More

Population and habitat status of two endemic sand gobies in lagoon marshes - Implications for conservation (2011)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Franzoi, P., Malavasi, S., Zucchetta, M., & Torricelli, P. (2011). Population and habitat status of two endemic sand gobies in lagoon marshes - Implications for conservation. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 114, 31-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2011.08.021

Ensuring biodiversity, through the conservation of natural habitats, such as wetlands, and of their wild flora and fauna, is the main objective of the Habitat and Species Directive 92/43/EC. Within this framework, two species of Community interest, P... Read More

Assessment of fish assemblages in coastal lagoon habitats: Effect of sampling method (2011)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Drouineau, H., Franzoi, P., Koutrakis, E. T., Lepage, M., …Torricelli, P. (2012). Assessment of fish assemblages in coastal lagoon habitats: Effect of sampling method. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 112, (115-125). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.08.015. ISSN 0272-7714

The structure of fish assemblages accounted for by different sampling methods (namely fyke net, seine nets, visual census) applied to vegetated and unvegetated lagoon habitats was investigated in terms of species composition, functional groups (ecolo... Read More

Fish assemblage diversity and dynamics in the Venice lagoon (2010)
Journal Article
Franzoi, P., Franco, A., & Torricelli, P. (2010). Fish assemblage diversity and dynamics in the Venice lagoon. Rendiconti Lincei, 21(3), 269-281. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12210-010-0079-z

Fish fauna is an important component of transitional waters biodiversity. Different ways of using these systems and their resources can be identified, and fish fauna of transitional waters can be categorized accordingly into several functional groups... Read More

Flounder growth and production as indicators of the nursery value of marsh habitats in a Mediterranean lagoon (2010)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Fiorin, R., Zucchetta, M., Torricelli, P., & Franzoi, P. (2010). Flounder growth and production as indicators of the nursery value of marsh habitats in a Mediterranean lagoon. Journal of Sea Research, 64(4), 457-464. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2010.01.006

Estuarine marshes are known as suitable nursery areas for many marine migrant fishes, such as flounder. The potential nursery value of such habitats was investigated in the Venice lagoon, by using growth and production of 0-group flounder as indicato... Read More