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Volume 11
Issue 1
Online publication date 2015-06-25
Title Evaluation of ecological quality of Albanian rocky shore waters using macroalgae as bioindicators
Author Sonila Gogo
Ecological Evaluation Index (EEI) is an important tool that uses phytobenthos as bio indicator for assessing quality of coastal and transitional rocky shore waters. This method is considered by The Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000/60/EC) to achieve the Ecological Status of water bodies by monitoring temporal changes in communities of benthic macroalgae. 

In this study destructive sampling was performed on macrophytobenthic populations of the upper infralittoral zone. The aim of the study was to estimate the ecological status, using EEI and to know the composition of these floristic communities in space and time. Samples were taken seasonally for two years from 8 rocky shore stations in Albania (three stations in Adriatic and five stations in Ionian Sea). 62 taxa were identified and the diversity indexes were calculated. All sites were characterized by anthropogenic disturbance of different degrees. A gradient of Ecological Statuses from "low" to "high" was noticed seasonally passing from North to South stations.

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Keywords Macroalgae, ecological status, distructive sampling, upper infralitoral, Albania
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