A REVIEW ON POSIDONIA OCEANICA (LINNAEUS) DELILE COVERAGE ALONG THE TURKISH COASTS UNTIL 2019

A review on Posidonia oceanica (Linnaeus) Delile coverage along the Turkish coasts until 2019

Barış Akçalı, Gökhan Kaboğlu, Harun Güçlüsoy

Institute of Marine Sciences and Technology, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, TURKEY

Abstract

Mapping benthic habitats is an essential, actually a sine qua non, tool for marine spatial planning and management. Posidonia oceanica (Linnaeus) Delile is an important endemic seagrass species in the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, all mapping efforts along the Turkish coasts have been reviewed through the publications and summarized including locations and coverage information. Consequently, a total of 14 486.20 ha of P. oceanica coverage was reported in 16 studies until 2019. However, this figure seems to be remarkably underestimated. It is therefore determined that the mapping of Posidonia seagrass beds in Turkey has not yet provided exploitable information and data for marine spatial planning and still remains as an urgent task.

Keywords: Habitat mapping, Posidonia oceanica, Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Marmara

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