February 1st to 5th 2016
Olhão, Portugal
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The BIOMETORE Project -Biodiversity in seamounts: the Madeira-Tore and Great Meteor

Scientific Exhibition
Biodiversity Effects
Thursday, February 4, 2016 -
17:30 to 19:30

Santos, A.M.P. 1 Biscoito, M. 2 Campos, A. 3 Guerra, M.T. 4 Meneses, G. 5 Silva, M.C. 6 dos Santos, A. 7

1Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)
21. Museu de História Natural do Funchal (OOM) 2. MARE, Estação de Biologia Marinha do Funchal
3Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)
4Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)
5MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Univ. dos Açores, Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas
6MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Univ. dos Açores, Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas
7Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA)

The BIOMETER project brings together Portuguese and Norwegian researchers from a total of 18 institutions and diverse scientific domains related to oceanography, ecology, integrative taxonomy, geology, fisheries and spatial mapping. The project main goals are to improve knowledge of relevant descriptors related to biodiversity within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the Atlantic seamounts of the Madeira-Tore and Great Meteor geological complexes and to increase our knowledge on deep-sea ecosystems.The project outputs will provide important information for the understanding and sustainable management of the target seamount ecosystems, thus contributing to fulfill knowledge gaps on their biodiversity, from bacteria to mammals, and food webs, as well as to promote future sustainable fisheries and sea-floor integrity. During the summer of 2015 and 2016, a total of eight multidisciplinary surveys are planned focusing in the North-East Atlantic seamounts of the Madeira-Tore (Gorringe bank seamounts, Josephine, and Seine) and of the Great Meteor (Pico Sul, Tyro, Irving and Atlantis).We will present the BIOMETORE project and first developments, namely the four 2015 summer surveys already performed and the planning for the next four surveys to be carried out in summer 2016.
keywords: 
biodiversity, deep-sea ecosystems, MSFD, seamounts, North Atlantic Ocean

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