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A first attempt at seagrass repartitioning in the Moroccan coasts


Volume 10, Issue 2, October 2014, Pages 401–408

 A first attempt at seagrass repartitioning in the Moroccan coasts

Laila Natij, Karima Khalil, Mohammed Loudiki, and Khalid Elkalay

Original language: English

Received 19 August 2014

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


Seagrasses play a prominent ecological role and support the productivity on which many communities of marine animals feed and reproduce but, unlike their macroalgae and microalgae counterparts, their diversity and extent have never been rigorously documented in Moroccan coasts. In this study we compiled and analyzed the available bibliographic data (Physical and chemical requirements) relating to seagrasses, followed by determination of physico-chemical characteristics of six selected coastal environments in Moroccan coasts. Comparison between seagrass species requirements and selected coastal environment conditions allowed us to distinguish four seagrass species (Zostera noltii, Zostera marina, Cymodocea nodosa, Posidonia oceanica) which can shelter these study areas. This paper provides baseline data for further work on ecological study and long term monitoring; and a first step to create a seagrass check-list in Moroccan coasts.

Author Keywords: Seagrass requirements, Moroccan Mediterranean Sea, Moroccan Atlantic Ocean.


How to Cite this Article


Laila Natij, Karima Khalil, Mohammed Loudiki, and Khalid Elkalay, “A first attempt at seagrass repartitioning in the Moroccan coasts,” International Journal of Innovation and Scientific Research, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 401–408, October 2014.