Seabed of the island of Salina (ITA030041)
Site type: SIC: Site of Community Interest
Code: ITA030041- Hectares: 2099
The island of Salina, the second largest island of the Aeolian archipelago, has cliffs on the northern and western side while the eastern and much of the southern one is characterized by beaches and pebbles, while the bathymetric course of the seabed is rather uniform, gently sloping down offshore (Cormaci et al. 1992, 1994). The sandy bottoms are characterized by the presence of extensive well-structured grasslands of Posidonia oceanica (Pessani et al., 1984). On rocky substrates, on the other hand, there is the typical benthic zoning of the Mediterranean, characterized by the bathymetric succession of Cystoseira (Cormaci et al., 1992; Giaccone et al., 1999).
The island of Salina, as well as the entire archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, is one of the few sites in Sicily where the populations in Cystoseira sp.pl. they present themselves well structured and unaltered unlike other areas of the eastern Mediterranean sector where a clear regression is observed, especially in the populations of middle and lower infralittoral (Alongi et al. 2004).
Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form
Ministerial data: Natura 2000 form
Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero
Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily