Enforcement of the European Union legislation about illegal fishing practices in the eastern Aegean Sea and its impact on Posidonia oceanica meadows (2012).
Eirini Ioanna Vlachopoulou, A. Meriwether Wilson, Anastasia Miliou
Posidonia oceanica is a flowering seagrass species, endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It grows in depths of up to 50m, usually within 1.5 nautical miles from the coastline, where light intensity is high (M&MS, 2004; Mann, 2000). These seagrass meadows are responsible for the development of multiple commercial fish stocks, such as Serranus spp., Diplodus spp. and Spicara spp., which are very important for the livelihoods of Hellenic artisanal fishing communities (UNEP-WCMC, 2006; Batjakas and Economakis, 1999).