PhD program in
  Environmental Sciences
Coordinated by Prof. Giuseppe Corriero

Assessment of the marine living resources

  A. Tursi, G. D'Onghia, P. Maiorano, L. Sion

In the past 20 years studies on the population dynamics and exploitation conditions of the biological resources were carried out as part of several National and International projects. One of them (MEDITS) started since 1994 and it is still on-going. Trawl surveys and experimental long-line cruises were conducted throughout the Mediterranean. Reproduction, recruitment, growth and mortality of biological resources distributed from the continental shelf to the slope were investigated. This type of applied research gave the opportunity to interact with European and Italian decision makers providing management measures for the living resources of the Ionian Sea according to the European Fishery Policy.

Published papers (selection) (click to download the pdf)

Maiorano P., Sion L., Carlucci R., Capezzuto F., Giove A., Costantino G., Panza M., D’Onghia G., Tursi A., 2010. The demersal faunal assemblage of the north-western Ionian Sea (central Mediterranean): current knowledge and perspectives. Chemistry and Ecology, 26 (suppl.): 219-240.

Carlucci R., Capezzuto F., Maiorano P., Sion L., D’Onghia G., 2009a. Distribution, population structure and dynamics of the black anglerfish (Lophius budegassa) (Spinola, 1987) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research, 95 (1): 76-87.

Carlucci R., Lembo G., Maiorano P., Capezzuto F., Marano C. A., Sion L., Spedicato M.T., Ungaro N., Tursi A., D’Onghia G., 2009b. Nursery areas of red mullet (Mullus barbatus), hake (Merluccius merluccius) and deep-water rose shrimp (Parapenaeus longirostris) in Eastern-Central Mediterranean Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 83: 529-538.

D’Onghia G., Maiorano P., Capezzuto F., Carlucci R., Battista D., Giove A., Sion L., Tursi A., 2009c. Further evidences of deep-sea recruitment of Aristeus antennatus (Crustacea: Decapoda) and its role in the population renewal on the exploited bottoms of the Mediterranean. Fisheries Research, 95 (2-3): 236-245.

Carlucci R., D’Onghia G., Sion L., Maiorano P., Tursi A., 2006. Selectivity parameters and size at maturity in deep-water shrimps, Aristaeomorpha foliacea (Risso, 1827) and Aristeus antennatus (Risso, 1816), from the North-Western Ionian Sea. Hydrobiologia, 557: 145-154.

D’Onghia G., Capezzuto F., Mytilineou Ch.,  Maiorano P., Kapiris K., Carlucci R., Sion L., Tursi A., 2005. Comparison of the population structure and dynamics of Aristeus antennatus (Risso, 1816) between exploited and unexploited areas in the Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research, 76: 22-38.

D’Onghia G., Mastrototaro F., Maiorano P., 2000. Biology of silver scabbard fish, Lepidopus caudatus (Trichiuridae), from the Ionian Sea (Eastern-Central Mediterranean). Cybium. 24 (3): 249-262.

Relini M., Maiorano P., D’Onghia G., Orsi Relini L., Tursi A., Panza M., 2000. A pilot experiment of tagging the deep shrimp Aristeus antennatus (Risso, 1816). Scientia Marina. 64 (3): 357-361.

D’Onghia G., Maiorano P., Matarrese A., Tursi A., 1998. Distribution, biology and population dynamics of Aristaeomorpha foliacea (Risso, 1827) (Crustacea, Decapoda) from the north-western Ionian Sea (Mediterranean Sea). Crustaceana, 71 (5): 518- 544