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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

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). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.043. ISSN 0272-7714

© 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

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

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

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

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

Habitat distribution model for European flounder juveniles in the Venice lagoon (2010)
Journal Article
Zucchetta, M., Franco, A., Torricelli, P., & Franzoi, P. (2010). Habitat distribution model for European flounder juveniles in the Venice lagoon. Journal of Sea Research, 64(1-2), (133-144). doi:10.1016/j.seares.2009.12.003. ISSN 1385-1101

In order to identify nursery habitats for Platichthys flesus in the Venice lagoon we developed a generalized additive model relating juvenile flounder's distribution to environmental variables. A field survey was conducted between March 2004 and June... Read More

Structure and functioning of Mediterranean lagoon fish assemblages: a key for the identification of water body types (2008)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Franzoi, P., & Torricelli, P. (2008). Structure and functioning of Mediterranean lagoon fish assemblages: a key for the identification of water body types. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 79(3), (549-558). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2008.05.011. ISSN 0272-7714

Knowledge on the structure and functioning variability of transitional water fish assemblages may help in finding out the main descriptors for identifying different water body types for which specific biological reference conditions can be reliably d... Read More

Life strategies of fishes in European estuaries: the functional guild approach (2008)
Journal Article
Franco, A., Elliott, M., Franzoi, P., & Torricelli, P. (2008). Life strategies of fishes in European estuaries: the functional guild approach. Marine ecology progress series, 354, 219-228. doi:10.3354/meps07203

The structure and functioning of estuarine fish assemblages have been analysed using data sets for 38 transitional waters covering all European latitudes, including NE Atlantic estuaries, Mediterranean lagoons and Scandinavian fjords. The fish specie... Read More