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Marine quality assessment by use of benthic species-abundance distributions: a proposed new protocol within the European Union Water Framework Directive

Stockholm University, Tukholma, Stockholm, Sweden
Marine Pollution Bulletin (Impact Factor: 2.79). 12/2004; 49(9-10):728-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2004.05.013
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ABSTRACT The aim of this study is to develop a new method for classification of marine benthic quality according to the European Union Water Framework Directive. Tolerance values to environmental disturbance were determined in an objective analysis for benthic species along the Swedish west coast by using 4676 samples from 257 stations. Based on a combination of the species tolerance values, abundance and diversity, a benthic quality index (BQI) was calculated for the assessment of environmental status at a particular station. The qualification of BQI was evaluated in relation to known spatial and temporal gradients of disturbance.

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