In order to identify nursery habitats for Platichthys flesus in the Venice lagoon we developed a generalized additive model relating juvenile flounder's distribution to environmental variables. A field survey was conducted between March 2004 and June 2005 and between February and October 2008 in the central and Northern sub-basins of the lagoon. Each station was sampled by means of a beach seine net and characterized collecting the main chemico-physical variables, such as water temperature, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen content and bottom grain size. Main winds fetches were also considered, and estimated in a GIS environment. A logistic model was fitted, and evaluated on an independent dataset. The response curves allowed to identify the role of the environmental parameters in explaining the distribution of the juvenile flounder: turbidity, salinity and sand content revealed to be the most important factors, showing the preference for mesohaline turbid waters together with a low sand content of the sediment. The application of this model to continuous surfaces of the environmental variables allowed the creation of potential habitat distribution maps. In this way it has been possible to recognize several areas covering a key role for the juveniles of flounder, located mainly in the inner part of the lagoon.

Habitat distribution model for European flounder juveniles in the Venice lagoon

ZUCCHETTA, MATTEO;FRANCO, Anita;TORRICELLI, Patrizia;FRANZOI, Piero
2010

Abstract

In order to identify nursery habitats for Platichthys flesus in the Venice lagoon we developed a generalized additive model relating juvenile flounder's distribution to environmental variables. A field survey was conducted between March 2004 and June 2005 and between February and October 2008 in the central and Northern sub-basins of the lagoon. Each station was sampled by means of a beach seine net and characterized collecting the main chemico-physical variables, such as water temperature, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen content and bottom grain size. Main winds fetches were also considered, and estimated in a GIS environment. A logistic model was fitted, and evaluated on an independent dataset. The response curves allowed to identify the role of the environmental parameters in explaining the distribution of the juvenile flounder: turbidity, salinity and sand content revealed to be the most important factors, showing the preference for mesohaline turbid waters together with a low sand content of the sediment. The application of this model to continuous surfaces of the environmental variables allowed the creation of potential habitat distribution maps. In this way it has been possible to recognize several areas covering a key role for the juveniles of flounder, located mainly in the inner part of the lagoon.
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