In its simplest form biodiversity or biological diversity is therefore life on earth and includes marine biodiversity life in the seas and oceans the marine environment has a very high biodiversity because 32 out of the 33 described animal phyla are represented in there. The marine directive defines a series of qualitative descriptors of good environmental status ges a range of specific pressures are treated within these separate descriptors but most also impact biodiversity in some way the key pressures on marine biodiversity are fisheries and physical damage to the sea floor. Philippe goulletquer phd in biological oceanography is in charge of issues of marine and coastal biodiversity at ifremerhe is a member of the scientific council on natural heritage biodiversity philippe gros a highly qualified professor of biological sciences at the cole normale suprieure joined ifremer in 1984he was director of living resources there. Marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning including seaweed communities in the territorial waters of the uk and its overseas territories are facing unprecedented pressures
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