Marine Ecology Studies

Marine Ecology in Malta

Malta's marine ecology is rich and diverse, with a variety of habitats and species that are unique to the region. The Maltese waters are home to several important habitats, such as seagrass meadows, coralligenous formations, and maerl beds, which support a range of species, including fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. These habitats are also critical for the survival of several protected species, such as the loggerhead turtle, the Mediterranean monk seal, and several species of cetaceans.

Malta's marine environment faces various threats, including pollution, overfishing, and climate change. The Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) is the competent authority responsible for the conservation and management of Malta's marine environment. The ERA has designated several marine protected areas to conserve sensitive habitats and species and has implemented regulations to protect marine resources.

WHERE DOES AIS COME IN?

As part of our research & analytics services, AIS Environment is proud to offer a comprehensive marine ecology study service that covers a range of studies, from habitat mapping surveys to identifying important flora and fauna species. Our team of experienced marine ecologists can help you comply with Maltese legislation while protecting and preserving sensitive marine ecosystems.

At AIS Environment, we understand the importance of protecting marine habitats and the species that call them home. Our marine ecology surveys include habitat mapping surveys to identify and map the distribution of benthic habitats such as seagrass beds, corals, and rocky reefs. This information is essential for making informed decisions about the management of marine resources and the conservation of habitats and species. Apart from traditional SCUBA diving, our surveys use the latest technologies, such as sidescan sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and ROVs.

In addition to habitat mapping surveys, our team can also identify important flora and fauna species in the marine environment. We use a variety of methods to assess the presence, abundance, and distribution of species, including visual surveys, transect sampling, and remote sensing techniques. Our marine ecologists have extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna species.

maerl bed marine ecology

At AIS Environment, we are committed to helping our clients comply with Maltese legislation related to marine habitats and species. We work closely with ERA, the competent authority responsible for the conservation and management of Malta's marine environment. We are familiar with the relevant legislation, including the Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats Protection Regulations, and can provide expert advice on compliance requirements.

We also offer marine ecology services related to protected habitats and species. Malta has several protected marine habitats, including Posidonia oceanica meadows, coralligenous formations, and maerl beds. These habitats are critical for the survival of many species and require special protection. Our team can provide advice on the designation and management of protected areas and assist in the development of management plans to ensure their long-term conservation.

Similarly, Malta has several protected marine species, such as the loggerhead turtle, the Mediterranean monk seal, and several species of cetaceans. These species face various threats, such as accidental capture in fishing gear, disturbance from human activities, and habitat loss. Our team can provide advice on the conservation and management of these species and help develop measures to mitigate their threats.

Posidonia oceanica marine ecology

AIS Environment is also equipped to provide services related to the assessment of environmental status under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The MSFD requires Member States to take measures to achieve and maintain good environmental status in their marine waters by 2020. Our team can provide the necessary expertise to assess the environmental status of marine waters and develop measures to achieve good environmental status.

Read more about how AIS Environment surveyed a sea area of 6,700km2 for the MSFD

In conclusion, AIS Environment offers a comprehensive marine ecology study service that covers a range of areas related to the conservation and management of marine habitats and species. Our team of experienced marine ecologists can assist in complying with Maltese legislation, identifying important flora and fauna species, mapping habitats, and providing advice on protected habitats and species. We are committed to ensuring the long-term conservation of Malta's marine environment and work closely with the ERA to achieve this goal. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you protect and preserve Malta's marine environment.

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