Characterization and mapping of marine habitats at Pissouri Bay

1 month (June 2020)

Funded by:
Pissouri Community Council

Project Description:
The Pissouri Community Council contracted Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab to characterize and map the marine habitats of Pissouri Bay to guide decision making on where to position a boat ramp and channel. The cementation to contstruct the ramp and boat channel with installed buoys around the perimeter can induce significant impacts to shallow priority and sensitive marine habitats, such as the seagrass meadows of the endemic Posidonia oceanica.

During this project, MER carried out a field survey across the Pissouri Bay, mapped and described key priority habitats: reefs with macroalgal communities and Posidonia oceanica meadows. The report also included suggested potential boat channel routes and was complemented with rich photographic material.