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dc.contributor.authorLuff, ALen
dc.contributor.authorSheehan, EVen
dc.contributor.authorParry, Men
dc.contributor.authorHiggs, NDen
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-17T12:53:33Z
dc.date.issued2019-12-27en
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322en
dc.identifier.other20062en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/17828
dc.description.abstract

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Moorings can have a detrimental impact on seagrass, fragmenting the meadows, resulting in the habitat degradation. To reduce contact of the moorings with the seabed we attached small floats along the chain of a traditional swing mooring and monitored the ecological impacts of this modified mooring, with reference to a standard swing mooring, in a seagrass meadow under high tidal influence. After three years, seagrass density surrounding the modified mooring was over twice as high as that of the standard mooring, with blade length surrounding the modified mooring also found to exceed that of the standard mooring. Seagrass-associated epifaunal species richness was twice as high surrounding the modified mooring compared to the standard mooring. Sediment composition was considerably finer at the modified mooring, indicative of increased disturbance surrounding the standard mooring. A simple modification to existing swing moorings can mitigate some of the impacts of moorings on seagrass meadows, whilst accommodating for tidal fluctuations. The scale of the differences observed between the mooring types demonstrates the susceptibility of seagrass meadows to damage from swing moorings. Given the ecological importance of these habitats, it is crucial that action is taken to reduce further degradation, such as that demonstrated here.</jats:p>

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dc.languageenen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNature Research (part of Springer Nature)en
dc.titleA simple mooring modification reduces impacts on seagrass meadowsen
dc.typeJournal Article
plymouth.issue1en
plymouth.volume9en
plymouth.journalScientific Reportsen
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41598-019-55425-yen
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Science and Engineering
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Faculty of Science and Engineering/School of Biological and Marine Sciences
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/PRIMaRE Publications
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/REF 2021 Researchers by UoA
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/REF 2021 Researchers by UoA/UoA07 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Research Groups/Marine Institute
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Users by role
plymouth.organisational-group/Plymouth/Users by role/Academics
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-11-12en
dc.rights.embargodate2021-09-18en
dc.identifier.eissn2045-2322en
dc.rights.embargoperiodNot knownen
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1038/s41598-019-55425-yen
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rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-12-27en
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen


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