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Data set name

A study of the Biota of Mearl Beds from off the Northeastern Coast of Malta using video transects

Data holding centreDepartment of Biology, University of Malta
CountryMalta  Malta
ProjectA study of Mearl Beds from off the Northeastern Coast of Malta using video transects(Maerl video transect study)
Time periodJuly 1996 - April 1998
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Northeastern Coast of the Malta (Central Mediterraean): Off is-Sikka l-Bajda.

Observations 
Parameters

Habitat characterisation; Habitat extent

Instruments

Underwater cameras; cameras

Description 
Summary

Maerl beds are characterised by accumulations of live and dead free-living coralline algae which form nodules known as rhodoliths. This research was undertaken in the framework of the BIOMAERL project. A towable underwater television camera was used to obtain a video recording along three transects laid at a bearing of 35 degrees off the Northeastern coast of the Maltese Islands. The data set contains a description of the distribution of the common species observed in the video footage of each of the three transects. The data set also includes plots of the abundance of each species at ten minute intervals for each transect.

OriginatorsDepartment of Biology, University of Malta
Availability 
OrganisationDepartment of Biology, University of Malta
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactPatrick J. Schembri
Address

Department of Biology, University of Malta
Department of Biology, University of Malta
Msida

MSD 2080
Malta

Telephone2340 2789
Facsimile(356) 2132 3781
Emailpatrick.j.schembri@um.edu.mt
Administration 
Collating centreInternational Ocean Institute - Malta Operational Centre (University Of Malta) / Physical Oceanography Unit
Local identifier45003009
Global identifier512
Last revised2009-03-17