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Title: Analysis of fouling faunal community in Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) in the northern area of Cabo Verde
Authors: Chantre Fortes, Maria do Rosário
Freitas, Rui M.
Nunes, Flávia
Lopes, Evandro P.
UNESCO Clasification: 2510 Oceanografía
Keywords: ARMS
Marine biodiversity
Sessile marine fauna
Cabo Verde
Issue Date: 2024
Publisher: Servicio de Publicaciones y Difusión Científica de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) 
Conference: 1st CONGRESS BRIDGE to AFRICA 
Abstract: The benthic environment is crucial for marine biodiversity, influencing species density, and signifi cantly contributing to marine life diversity. Threats arising from human activities, such as uncontrolled urbanization, coastal infrastructure development, and the impacts of maritime transport, can lead to occasionally irreversible environmental disturbances in the community structure, particularly among encrusting organisms. This study focuses on the assessment of encrusting organism diversity on islands in the northern zone of Cabo Verde within this context. The methodology involved the installation of fi fteen minimally invasive Artificial Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) in two Northwest islands, during two distinct periods: deployment (January 2022) and recovery (October 2022). Photographs of the structures were processed using CPCe, revealing 88 taxa encrusted on the ARMS, with Bryozoans being the predominant group (36%). Comparative analysis of encrusting fauna across diff erent locations demonstrated signifi cant proximity between the international Port and the marina. The composition of sessile fauna varied signifi cantly between locations, with the Bryozoa group prevailing universally, especially in port environments. The variation in anthropogenic infl uence showcased a notable contrast between highly infl uenced (Marina) and low infl uenced place. The presented observations bear sig nifi cant implications for marine conservation strategies and provide a robust foundation for future research in this region rich in marine diversity.
ISBN: 978-84-9042-527-5
Source: 1st CONGRESS-BRIDGE to AFRICA [ISBN 978-84-9042-527-5], p. 72-73
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