Els Jardins Submergits de la Selva (The Underwater Gardens of la Selva)
Research of the marine environment at the head of the underwater canyon of Blanes. The study focuses on the range between 30-70m deep.
(a) bionomical map of the study area which is of 16 km2. More information >>
(b) biometric study of the deep populations (located below 50m deep) of the red sea fan Paramuricea clavata. This organism is considered a key specie of the environment: it would be like the oak trees of an oak wood. More information >>
Research on the gene structure of the red sea fan populations found at the head of the underwater canyons of the coast of Catalonia (the canyons of Arenys, Blanes and Palamós), and the relationship with the closest shallower populations of Llafranc and Begur (Spain).
Understanding how their genes are, allows us to unravel the kinship of the different populations and therefore, also their capacity of dispersion and their potentiality to regenerate after events of massive mortality. This last factor is important to be taken into consideration when defining environmental management policies. More information >>