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Reference conditions and EQOs for aquatic vegetation and macrozoobenthos

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Development of a methodological approach to define and characterise type areas of selected elements of the ecosystems in the open parts of the Skagerrak and Kattegat. The selected elements are aquatic vegetation on hard substrate and macrozoobenthos. Furthermore, the project will develop quantitative ecological relationships and empirical models that describe the relationship between anthropogenic pressures and biological elements.

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Submerged aquatic vegetation

Macroalgal vegetation is an important biological component on reefs and rocky seabeds in the shallow transitional waters between the North Sea and the Baltic area. The algal communities function as important primary producers and the canopy hosts a huge variation of sessile fauna. The canopy also provides shelter, nursing and feeding grounds for fish and other mobile fauna.

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