(Biodiversity Survey of Fish Post-Larvae in Western Mediterranean Sea)
SUBLIMO is a project financed through the European Life & Biodiversity (Life10 Nat/FR/000200) programme.
It proposes a new approach to analysing and monitoring marine biodiversity. It will be used to identify and estimate the abundance of coastal fish species which re-colonise coastal habitats to renewal local fish populations along the French Mediterranean coast (including Corsica). SUBLIMO's particular focus is on analysing biodiversity at the post-larval stage.
These flows of post-larvae will be compared with the adult densities on site in order to clarify conclusions about stock-recruitment relationship. Then, a characterization of the water masses will be carried out with CTD measures at the meantime to anticipate the role of climate change on the future distributions and population connectivity within the Western Mediterranean Sea. The first results involve the inventory of post-larvae biodiversity (post-larval inventory, a recruitment histogram.). The calendar of post-larvae arrival will inform us about the dynamics of species (winter or spring reproduction, rhythm of reproduction). It will give the level of respective species vulnerability to natural and anthropic pressures. It will also provide the necessary spatial and temporal data for setting up an ecological survey of the Western Mediterranean Sea.
The POP- MED project (Mediterranean Post larvae population: an innovative tool for the Mediterranean coastal marine biodiversity research) is financed by the Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (Foundation for Biodiversity Research or FRB) for the years 2010-2011.
It proposes to establish, over a period of one year, a comprehensive data set of coastal marine post larvae species (fish & invertebrates) settling on the coastline, in order to obtain a reference state. These data, in addition to improving knowledge about the life cycle of marine animals and biodiversity, will enable informed consideration of new indicators concerning fish stocks. This study will be completed with the publication of the first "Guide to Mediterranean Post-larvae", which will be made available during 2012.