Scientia Marina, Vol 66, No S2 (2002)

The general specifications of the MEDITS surveys


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2002.66s29

Jacques A. Bertrand
IFREMER, France

Luis Gil de Sola
IEO, Spain

Costas Papaconstantinou
NCMR, Greece

Giulio Relini
SIBM / Dip.Te.Ris., Università di Genova, Italy

Arnauld Souplet
FREMER, France

Abstract


An international bottom trawl survey was designed from a European Commission´s initiative to produce biological data on the demersal resources in the Mediterranean Sea. Nine Mediterranean countries are associated in the programme, which covers all the trawlable areas along their coasts from 10 to 800 m depth. From 1994 to 2000, one survey was carried out each year, applying common standardized protocols. Seven yearly surveys have therefore been done, with a total of 7,500 stations prospected. This paper presents the methods adopted to carry out the surveys.

Keywords


trawl survey; Mediterranean Sea; trawl gear

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