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Effects of a storm surge on mussel off-shore farming in the Po Delta, northern Adriatic Sea


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Abstract

In this note, the effects of a storm surge on the Po Delta offshore mussel farming are assessed. In November 2017, three stormy days caused damage to production and installations. Through a 2-phase census (self-certification by farmers, and random controls by our technicians), we assessed product and structure losses for 1.3 million euros. Due to climate change, these events will be increasingly frequent, with great concern for the Adriatic offshore mussel farming.

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mussel farming, storm-surge, reste, Northern Adriatic Sea, plankton, offshore mussel industry, beams, missing buoys, phytoplankton

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