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Into the deep: assessing previously unexplored Coral Reefs from the mesophotic zone Alegría, Andrés.. University of Bremen, 30 Jul 2017. Experiment
Local fisheries management will be assessed on Guanaja based on ecological models of the marine
surrounding. Key inputs for the modelling equations include catch data and biomass data of relevant species
and functional groups. Catch data will be collected through participatory technics with local stakeholders.
Data on biomass is available for coral reef habitats from 16 shallow water reef sites periodically surveyed
from 2006 to 2016. Additional fieldwork will be conducted to describe species composition and biomass
from yet unrepresented habitats, particularly gorgonian plains, algal mats, and upper mesophotic coral reef
systems. For these, video transect lines will be recorded using a remotely operated vehicle, from the surface.
The construction of a mass balanced model and the subsequent simulation runs will be assisted
by the software Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) for which the required input parameters are biomass
(B), catches (Ca), turnover rates (P/B), consumption rates (Q/B) and diet composition.
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