Mediterranean Marine Science 9(1): 77118

Molluscan species of minor commercial interest in Hellenic Seas: Distribution, exploitation and conservation status

 Stelios Katsanevakis1, Eugenia Lefkaditou1, Sofia Galinou-Mitsoudi2, Drosos Koutsoubas3, Argyro Zenetos1

 1Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biological Resources, P.O. Box 712, 19013, Anavissos, Attica, Hellas

2 Fisheries & Aquaculture Technology, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, 63200, Nea Moudania, Hellas

3 Department of Marine Sciences, School of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100, Mytilini, Hellas



Recognising the need for data gathering at taxon level besides the taxa of commercial interest and those listed as endangered in the Protocol of the Barcelona Convention, but yet exploited by Man, the present study attempts to gather and review the available scientific information on molluscs of minor commercial importance to assist adequate management and protection of their populations. Forty one species (18 gastropods, 13 bivalves, and 10 cephalopods) of minor commercial interest are treated in the present work with details on their biogeographic distribution, exploitation and conservation status in Hellas. Apart from a few species (e.g., Pinna nobilis, Lithophaga lithophaga, Donacilla cornea) and these at a local scale only, there is no population assessment in Hellenic Seas. The existing legislation for eleven of these species is not reinforced in practice and seems insufficient to guarantee their conservation. It is suggested that targeted collection data networked nationally and internationally should be promoted so this invaluable source of biodiversity information can be accessed for conservation and planning purposes.