Fish and marine invertebrates from the Israeli Eastern Mediterranean Sea

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Fish and marine invertebrates caught with trawl surveys (fish and shrimp trawls) from the Mediterranean continental shelf and upper slope of Israel from 1990 to 2012 (1990-1994, 2000, and 2008-2012).

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Edelist, D., Rilov, G., Golani, D., Carlton, J.T. & Spanier, E. (2020) Fish and marine invertebrates from the Israeli Eastern Mediterranean Sea.


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Metadata; invasive species; non-indigenous species; fish; marine invertebrates; Mediterranean Sea; trawl


Dor Edelist
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
  • Principal Investigator
The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa
Mount Carmel
31905 Haifa
Jonathan Belmaker
  • Metadata Provider
School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv
Gil Rilov
  • Content Provider
Senior Researcher
National Institute of Oceanography, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research
31080 Tel-Shikmona, Haifa
Daniel Golani
  • Curator
Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, the Hebrew University
91904 Jerusalem
James T. Carlton
  • Custodian Steward
The Maritime Studies Program, Williams College
P. O. Box 6000, 75 Greenmanville Avenue
CT, 06355 Mystic Seaport
Ehud Spanier
  • Custodian Steward
The Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa
31905 Mount Carmel, Haifa
Stamatina Nikolopoulou
  • Curator
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research - Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture

Geographic Coverage

South-eastern Mediterranean (Levant Sea)

Bounding Coordinates South West [31.3, 34.2], North East [33.3, 35.1]

Taxonomic Coverage

Fish and marine invertebrates

Phylum Annelida, Arthropoda, Chordata, Cnidaria, Echinodermata, Mollusca

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1990-04-06 / 1994-10-30
Start Date / End Date 2000-01-30 / 2000-11-21
Start Date / End Date 2008-11-04 / 2012-06-22

Project Data

No Description available

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Funding This study was partially supported by grants from the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (D.E., D.G., E.S.), as well as the Maurice Hatter Grant for Maritime Studies and the Rieger Foundation Fellowship for Environmental Studies (D.E.). We also thank Dr Oren Sonin for collecting the 1990s trawl data, Dr Tamara Shiganova for providing data on fish invasions in the Black and Caspian Seas as well as E. Schwindt, A. Bortolus and A. Solari for contributing data on Argentinean invasions.

The personnel involved in the project:

Dor Edelist

Sampling Methods

Surveys took place by onboard trawlers (fish and shrimp trawls) fishing the Israeli continental shelf and upper slope. Data were extracted from hauls replicating commercial trawl hauls, that is, the skippers were asked to perform their own routes within a given depth, location or time and they are therefore hybrids between fisheries dependent and independent surveys.

Study Extent South-eastern Mediterranean Sea (Israeli continental shelf and upper slope). Depth range 8-180.5 meters.

Method step description:

  1. Historical and modern catch data of Israeli trawlers were used to evaluate trends in abundance, biomass and diversity of Levantine fishes and marine invertebrates. Historical data were collected from trawl hauls from 1990 to 1994. Current data were collected in trawl hauls conducted in 2000 and between 2008 and 2011, covering the same fishing fields and depth range on the continental shelf and upper slope.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Edelist, D., Rilov, G., Golani, D., Carlton, J.T. & Spanier, E. (2013) Restructuring the Sea: profound shifts in the world's most invaded marine ecosystem. Diversity and Distributions, 19, 69–77.