Marine Case Systematic Review Protocol published

The BiodiversityKnowledge Marine Test Case had published its Systematic Review Protocol in the journal Environmental Evidence.

Kelp forests are highly productive ecosystem engineers of rocky cold-water marine coastlines,providing shelter, habitat and food for a variety of associated organisms. Several factors have been related with an observed trend of kelp deforestation in some regions of the globe. The effect of this trend on fisheries has beenpoorly studied. The European directives addressing the conservation of marine habitats highlight the need toincrease the knowledge about the relationship between kelp forests and fisheries, which will also be very valuablefor the definition of fisheries management measures. This protocol describes the methods that will be used to conduct a systematic review to answer the following question: What is the impact of changes in kelp forest density and/or area on the abundance and diversity of fisheries?