Fabrizio Atzori

Fabrizio Atzori
MARINE PROTECTED AREA CAPO CARBONARA · ITALY

Ph.D in Ecology and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources

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Introduction
Fabrizio Atzori currently works at the ITALY, MARINE PROTECTED AREA CAPO CARBONARA in Villasimius. Fabrizio is also a Ph.D student in Ecology and Sustainable Management of Environmental Resources, Tuscia University (VI) - Italy Fabrizio does research in Marine ecosystem. Their current project is 'FLT Mediterranean Monitoring Network _marine species and threats' and MEDSEALITTER, projet already closed.
Additional affiliations
June 2015 - October 2022
Marine Protected Area "Capo Carbonara"
Position
  • Managing Director
January 2012 - January 2015
Marine Protected Area "Capo Carbonara"
Position
  • Researcher
September 2011 - September 2012
Towson University
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • The effect of climate change on swimming characteristics in a North East American fish (Rhinichthys atratulus).

Publications

Publications (43)
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Marine ecosystems are subject to global and local impacts, both contributing to dramatic changes in coastal communities. Assessing such changes requires time series or the revisitation of sites first surveyed in the past. In both cases, data are not necessarily collected by the same observers, which could lead to a bias in the results. In the Marin...
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Mediterranean rhodolith beds are priority marine benthic habitats for the European Community, because of their relevance as biodiversity hotspots and their role in the carbonate budget. Presently, Mediterranean rhodolith beds typically occur within the range of 30–75 m of water depth, generally located around islands and capes, on flat or gently sl...
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The ingestion of plastic is becoming a major concern for various species and particularly for marine turtles across the globe. The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) was recently chosen by the European Commission as a bio-indicator for plastic pollution within the Mediterranean basin. We further investigated which items this key species is mor...
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The Sardinian and Sicilian Channels are considered hotspots of biodiversity and key ecological passages between Mediterranean sub-basins, but with significant knowledge gaps about marine mammal presence and potential threats they face. Using data collected between 2013 and 2019 along fixed transects, inter and intra-annual cetacean index of abundan...
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The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite relevant research efforts, information about its distribution is still scarce, particularly in the open sea where they may be exposed to different threats, among which marine litter is of great concern. Here we investigated the distribution of loggerhead t...
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The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite relevant research efforts, information about its distribution is still scarce, particularly in the open sea where they may be exposed to different threats, among which marine litter is of great concern. Here we investigated the distribution of loggerhead t...
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The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite relevant research efforts, information about its distribution is still scarce, particularly in the open sea where they may be exposed to different threats, among which marine litter is of great concern. Here we investigated the distribution of loggerhead t...
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Since there is no local management for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to prevent the establishment of macroalgae NIS, successful efforts to contrast their spread probably should concentrate in the conservation of resistant habitats. The study aimed to evaluate the role of depth and habitat in the spread of macroalgal non-indigenous species (NIS). A...
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In this work, the consequences of a local gorgonian coral mortality on the whole coralligenous assemblage were studied. A Before/After-Control/Impact sampling design was used: the structure of the coralligenous assemblage was compared before and after the gorgonian mortality event at the mortality site and two control sites. At the mortality site,...
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Seagrass planting techniques have shown to be an effective tool for restoring degraded meadows and ecosystem function. In the Mediterranean Sea, most restoration efforts have been addressed to the endemic seagrass Posidonia oceanica, but cost-benefit analyses have shown un-promising results. This study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of envir...
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Background The Mediterranean subpopulation of fin whale Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) has recently been listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The species is also listed as species in need of strict protection under the Habitat Directive and is one of the indicators for the assessment of Good Environmental Status...
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Monitoring Floating Marine Macro Litter (FMML) is a global priority, stressed within international programs, and regulated for the European Seas by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Although some well-defined common protocols exist for the assessment of beach litter and ingested litter, methodologies for FMML monitoring still vary, leading t...
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I.A.); picossu@uniss.it (P.C.); gsesposito@uniss.it (G.E.); eantuofermo@uniss.it (E.A.); marcasu@uniss.it (M.C.) Abstract: The fan mussel, Pinna nobilis, represents the largest bivalve endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2016, dramatic mass mortality of this species has been observed in several areas. The first surveys suggested that Haplospori...
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The concern about plastic marine debris has steadily been rising year after year, because millions of tonnes of plastics are released in the ocean every year, causing tremendous ecological and economic repercussions. The degradation of polymers in sea water is studied under different aspects, as it could lead to (i) the fragmentation of plastic obj...
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Loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta spend most of their life in large marine areas occupying a variety of habitats where they are exposed to different types of threats. Among these, marine litter is known to pose a risk of entanglement or ingestion. Areas of risk exposure can be identified where the species overlap with litter accumulations, but gat...
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1. A number of policy measures have been adopted to cope with ongoing ocean degradation. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are among them. MPAs and their coverage have increased worldwide, including in EU waters. Natura 2000 (Nat2000) sites are at the core of the EU biodiversity conservation strategy and have been established to protect habitats and sp...
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The monitoring of highly mobile species such cetaceans and sea turtle is challenging, and long term dataset based on seasonal repeated surveys can deliver primary information for understanding the main drivers of species movements and detecting early sign of changes. The synoptic monitoring of main threats is also a powerful method for a risk asses...
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Mucilaginous aggregates produced by planktonic or benthic algae are considered ecological threats to marine systems. The study evaluated the effects of the spread of benthic mucilaginous aggregates on the structure of coralligenous assemblages. The assemblage and the quality of a site subjected to a benthic mucilage bloom were compared to those of...
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Although the Mediterranean Sea is one of the largest biodiversity hotspots, it is also one of the most polluted seas worldwide. Concentrations of floating litter in the Mediterranean Sea are suspected to be very high, though current data do not allow yet their complete assessment and the identification of sources and accumulation areas. In this co...
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Nowadays marine litter heavily affects the marine environment, especially in the semi enclosed Mediterranean basin. Marine mammals are amongst the most threatened indicative species. To prioritize marine conservation measures, data are needed to analyse litter impact on marine fauna and highlight the dynamic overlap between pressures and the primar...
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Marine litter is a major source of pollution in the Mediterranean basin, but despite legislative requirements, scant information is available for the ongoing assessment of this threat. Using higher size classes as proxy for litter distribution, this study gave a synoptic estimation of the amount, composition, and distribution of floating macro-litt...
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Although the Mediterranean Sea is one of the largest biodiversity hotspots, it is also one of the most polluted seas worldwide. Concentrations of floating litter in the Mediterranean Sea are suspected to be very high, though current data do not allow yet their complete assessment and the identification of sources and accumulation areas. In this con...
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Considering the vagrant behavior of cetaceans, information on their wide distribution is essential for an efficient conservation plan within the Mediterranean region. Cetacean research is continuously undergoing and EU Directives and International agreement (such as the Habitat-Directive, MSFD, ACCOBAMS, EcAp) call on states to undertake surveillan...
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The aim of this study is a preliminary investigation on the activity of the local fishers in the MPA of Capo Carbonara (Sardinia, Italy). From May 2013 to April 2014, were collected and analysed data from 236 log-book compiled from fishermen. Trammel net (83%), trap (11%) and longline (6%) were resulted the only metièr employed in the study area. M...
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Pooled data on the endangered short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis collected in the central Mediterranean Sea over 2000-2014 period by different research groups in Italy were analysed. A total of 266 encounters with 4675 common dolphins was attained. The species was mainly recorded in the central and southern Tyrrhenian Sea (around Ischia...
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Posidonia oceanica meadows are the preferential habitat for many plant and animal protected species including the mollusc bivalve Pinna nobilis. In this study, we evaluated the importance of the substrate structure for the distribution of the species in the Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area (Sardinia south east), recognized as a Specially Protec...
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Posidonia oceanica meadows are the preferential habitat for many plant and animal protected species including the mollusc bivalve Pinna nobilis. In this study, we evaluated the importance of the substrate structure for the distribution of the species in the Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area (Sardinia south east), recognized as a Specially Protec...
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How phenotypic plasticity of locomotor performance varies among populations in nature is poorly known. Swimming ability of blacknose dace (Rhinichthys atratulus) from eight different watersheds had previously been shown to depend upon watershed impervious surface cover (ISC) and stream base-flow. Keeping these populations of stream fish under low f...
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In the Mediterranean Sea, the main nesting areas for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta Caretta ) are placed in the eastern basin while the western basin is mainly used as foraging and nursery area. Coastal waters around Italy are commonly frequented by loggerh ead sea turtles but reproduction and nesting are thought to be rare and occasional even...
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Ecology studies and nowadays legislative framework ask for an ecosystem based approach in order to understand and manage the environmental complexity for conservation purposes. To reach this goal a long-term multidisciplinary collaboration is required. A multidisciplinary approach for collecting integrated data on different taxa and potential press...
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Despite the ecological importance of the Sardinian Channel between Sardinia and Sicily, little information is available on the marine species living or migrating in these waters. A monitoring programme was conducted between the two Marine Protected Areas at the two border of the channel (Capo Carbonara and Egadi MPAs) during summer 2013. Results hi...
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The legislative framework ask for an ecosystem approach in order to understand and manage the environmental complexity for conservation purpose. An interdisciplinary approach for collecting data on different taxa and potential pressures are experimented in Mediterranean sea by a network of scientific organizations. Preliminary results shows the pot...
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Despite the ecological importance of the Sardinia Channel, between Sardinia and Sicily, little information is available on the marine species living or migrating in these waters. A monitoring programme was conducted between the two Marine Protected Areas at the two border of the channel (Capo Carbonara and Egadi MPAs) during summer 2013. Results hi...
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Ecology studies and nowadays legislative framework ask for an ecosystem based approach in order to understand and manage the environmental complexity for conservation purpose. An interdisciplinary approach for collecting data on different taxa and potential pressures are experimented in the Mediterranean Sea by a network of scientific organizations...
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Coastal habitats play a major role as nurseries for many fish species; however, they are also submitted to pollutants and oxygen fluctuations. Fry's concept of metabolic scope for activity was used to evaluate the effect of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the aerobic metabolism in juvenile common sole (0-1 year old). Aerobic metabolic scope (AM...

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The LIFE CONCEPTU MARIS project aims at improving the conservation status of species of cetaceans and pelagic sea turtles (CEPTU), listed in Annex II-IV of the EU Habitats Directive, in the Mediterranean Sea. It will do this by filling the information gap on spatiotemporal ecological needs, to identify important offshore marine sites, and by establishing an internationally-agreed approach to support and further develop the surveillance of CEPTU conservation status and to assess the maritime traffic and marine litter impact. In particular, the project aims at: - collect information on the ecological needs of the target species for the mapping of areas important for their conservation; - collect information on the main threats for the mapping of high-risk areas / seasons in which the application of conservation measures will be a priority; - define an effective standard approach for the long-term surveillance of the conservation status of the different species in their range; - foster international cooperation for the development and adoption of shared procedures in order to support the identification of important areas and for the long-term surveillance of the conservation status of the target species and for the identification of the most suitable mechanism to meet the species conservation needs. Eleven scientific partners collaborate to implement the project: ISPRA - Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Beneficiary coordinator), Milano Bicocca University, Centro Euro-Mediterraneo Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Palermo University, Capo Carbonara MPA, Triton Research Srl, Stazione Zoologica A.Dohrn (SZN), Universitat de Valencia, EcoOceàn Institut, Turin University, CIMA Foundation. https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/life/publicWebsite/project/details/5707 https://www.isprambiente.gov.it/en/projects/biodiversity/conceptu-maris-201cconservation-of-cetaceans-and-pelagic-sea-turtles-in-med-managing-actions-for-their-recovery-in-sustainability201d?set_language=en
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The project aims at networking representative MPAs, scientific organizations and environmental NGOs for developing, testing and applying efficient, easy to apply and cost-effective protocols to monitor and manage litter impact on biodiversity. Partner: Cinque Terre National Park and Marine Protected Area - ITALY; ISPRA - Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research - ITALY; Legambiente ONLUS - ITALY; University of Barcelona - SPAIN; The École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE) - FRANCE; MEDASSET - GREECE; University of Valencia - SPAIN; Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) - GREECE; EcoOcéan Institut - FRANCE; Capo Carbonara MPA Comune di Villasimius - ITALY; Municipality of Favignana - Managing Body of Egadi Islands Marine Protected Area - ITALY.
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Coordinate monitoring in the Mediterranean of marine mega and macro fauna (cetaceans, sea turtles, sea birds et al.) , maritime traffic and floating marine macro litter. The monitored transects across several Mediterranean offshore marine region and countries (i.e. Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco). In collaboration with ISPRA, Stazione Zoologica di Napoli, University of Pisa DIBIOL, CIMA Research Foundation, University of Torino, University of Palermo DiSTeM, University of Milano Bicocca, University of Barcelona, University of Tuscia, University of Catania, GAIA Research Institute, EcoOcean Institut, Accademia del Leviatano, Nereide, MareCamp. Seven ferry companies actively collaborate to the project, hosting researchers on board and allowing the data collection from the command deck of the ships: Corsica-Sardinia Ferries, Grimaldi Lines, Minoan, Tirrenia, Siremar, Balearia, GNV.