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Term Benthos

Community of organisms which live at the bottom of the sea or fresh water bodies (rivers, lakes) throughout their entire lives. Benthic organisms include those that are attached to the bottom, organisms capable of moving along the bottom, and organisms living in sediments.

The most productive and biodiverse benthic communities –and also among the most threatened- are coral reefs. The degradation of benthic communities, caused by certain fishing gear such as trawls, is among the biggest environmental problems.


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Topic  BiodiversityProtected areasResources coastal / marine