Assessment of the biocenosis in front of Nice beach in order to set up a marine protected area
Mediterranean sea, Cymodocea nodosa meadow, Zostera noltei
ECOMERS, University Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France
Patrice Francour

Mairie de Nice, Service Environnement
Les Aquanautes

French Agency of marine protected areas, Brest, France
overall project coast 31 000 euros (Funding 17 000 euros)

June 2014 - August 2015

In Nice, near the beach (Promenade des Anglais), the bottoms are covered by a fairly large Cymodocea nodosa meadow (from 5 to 15 m deep, over nearly 30 hectares), mapped in 2000 by the laboratory. In places, Zostera noltei patches were also observed. These meadows represent a remarkable ecological feature that the city of Nice wishes to preserve with the establishment of protection in this area. ECOMERS is responsible for:
- Analysis of the state of the mixed prairie Cymodocea nodosa and Zostera noltei,
- Assessing its potential as nursery area for fish,
- Evaluation of practice pressures exerted there.

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