A MSFD complementary approach for the assessment of pressures, knowledge and data gaps in Southern European Seas: The PERSEUS experience

A. Crise, H. Kaberi, J. Ruiz, A. Zatsepin, E. Arashkevich, M. Giani, A. P. Karageorgis, L. Prieto, M. Pantazi, D. Gonzalez-Fernandez, M. Ribera d'Alcalà, V. Tornero, V. Vassilopoulou, X. Durrieu de Madron, C. Guieu, P. Puig, A. Zenetos, B. Andral, D. Angel, D. AltukhovS. D. Ayata, Y. Aktan, E. Balcioğlu, F. Benedetti, M. Bouchoucha, M. C. Buia, J. F. Cadiou, M. Canals, M. Chakroun, E. Christou, M. G. Christidis, G. Civitarese, V. Coatu, M. Corsini-Foka, S. Cozzi, A. Deidun, A. Dell'Aquila, A. Dogrammatzi, C. Dumitrache, D. Edelist, O. Ettahiri, S. Fonda-Umani, S. Gana, F. Galgani, S. Gasparini, A. Giannakourou, M. T. Gomoiu, A. Gubanova, A. C. Gücü, T. Gürses, G. Hanke, I. Hatzianestis, B. Herut, R. Hone, E. Huertas, J. O. Irisson, M. Işinibilir, J. A. Jimenez, S. Kalogirou, K. Kapiris, V. Karamfilov, S. Kavadas, Keskin, A. E. Kideyş, M. Kocak, G. Kondylatos, C. Kontogiannis, R. Kosyan, P. Koubbi, G. Kušpilić, R. La Ferla, L. Langone, S. Laroche, L. Lazar, E. Lefkaditou, I. E. Lemeshko, A. Machias, A. Malej, M. G. Mazzocchi, V. Medinets, N. Mihalopoulos, S. Miserocchi, S. Moncheva, V. Mukhanov, G. Oaie, A. Oros, A. A. Öztürk, B. Öztürk, M. Panayotova, A. Prospathopoulos, G. Radu, V. Raykov, P. Reglero, G. Reygondeau, N. Rougeron, B. Salihoglu, A. Sanchez-Vidal, G. Sannino, C. Santinelli, D. Secrieru, G. Shapiro, N. Simboura, T. Shiganova, M. Sprovieri, K. Stefanova, N. Streftaris, V. Tirelli, M. Tom, B. Topaloğlu, N. E. Topçu, K. Tsagarakis, C. Tsangaris, G. Tserpes, S. Tuğrul, Z. Uysal, D. Vasile, K. Violaki, J. Xu, A. Yüksek, E. Papathanassiou

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PERSEUS project aims to identify the most relevant pressures exerted on the ecosystems of the Southern European Seas (SES), highlighting knowledge and data gaps that endanger the achievement of SES Good Environmental Status (GES) as mandated by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). A complementary approach has been adopted, by a meta-analysis of existing literature on pressure/impact/knowledge gaps summarized in tables related to the MSFD descriptors, discriminating open waters from coastal areas. A comparative assessment of the Initial Assessments (IAs) for five SES countries has been also independently performed. The comparison between meta-analysis results and IAs shows similarities for coastal areas only. Major knowledge gaps have been detected for the biodiversity, marine food web, marine litter and underwater noise descriptors. The meta-analysis also allowed the identification of additional research themes targeting research topics that are requested to the achievement of GES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has been partially funded by the EC FP7 PERSEUS Project (Grant. Agr. 287600 ) The leading author wish to thank Penny Marinou for the careful revision of the text.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 The Authors.


  • Good Environmental Status
  • Initial Assessment
  • Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • PERSEUS project
  • Southern European Seas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution


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