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Research Article

Temporal Evolution of the Microbiological Conditions of a Sicilian Area Designed for Aquaculture (Castellammare Gulf, Southern Tyrrhenian Sea)

Caruso G1*, Genovese L1, Zaccone R1, Caruso R2, Modica A3 and Sarà G4

1National Research Council, Institute for Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC-CNR), Spianata S. Raineri 86, 98122 Messina, Italy

2University Hospital Agency A.O.U. “G. Martino”, Messina, Italy

3Syndial Environmental Laboratory-ENI Priolo, Italy

4Laboratory of Experimental Ecology, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e del Mare, University of Palermo, CoNISMa, via Archirafi 18, 90123 Palermo, Italy

*Corresponding Author:
Caruso Gabriella
National Research Council, Institute for Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC-CNR)
Spianata S. Raineri 86, 98122 Messina, Italy
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Received date: January 01, 2016; Accepted date: February 08, 2016; Published date: February 11, 2016

Citation: Caruso G, Genovese L, Zaccone R, Caruso R, Modica A, et al. (2016) Temporal Evolution of the Microbiological Conditions of a Sicilian Area Designed for Aquaculture (Castellammare Gulf, Southern Tyrrhenian Sea). Oceanography 4:139.

Copyright: © 2016 Caruso G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Microbiological controls of coastal seawaters are a common practice to verify their safety for human recreational and productive uses. The aim of the present study is to describe the microbiological conditions of the Castellammare Gulf (Trapani, Sicily), an area traditionally used for aquaculture purposes. Particularly, the results obtained from three surveys (1993-1995, 2000-2001 and 2007) are compared in order to depict how the hygienic-sanitary conditions of this marine ecosystem have evolved over time. Attention has been given to the abundance and distribution of the bacterial indicators of faecal pollution (faecal coliforms, enterococci and Salmonella spp.) as well as halophilic vibrios, using the culture methods conventionally indicated by current legislation in force for the sanitary control of waters designed for aquaculture productions. The obtained results shows that the sanitary conditions of seawater samples met the criteria recommended by current legislations for shellfish farming approved areas. The low concentrations of faecal pollution indicators and of halophilic vibrios confirm the general suitability of the Gulf of Castellammare for seafood production. Nevertheless, the detection of low percentages of potentially pathogenic species of halophilic vibrios stresses the importance of extending microbiological controls also to these emerging pathogens.


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