5.Ulusal Deniz Bilimleri Konferansı, Trabzon, Turkey, 1 - 03 June 2022, pp.181-182
The aim of this study was to determine the ecological quality seasonally from 2017 to 2020 by taking into account soft-bottom habitat, depending on the depth in the western Black Sea coasts of Turkey. Samplings were carried out in 15 different transects consisting of 5 depths performed in triplicated format (10m, 30m, 50m, 70m, 100m and 200m, 500m depths only at the entrance and exits of Bosphorus, Riva station) by using 0,1 m2 capacity box core. AMBI, M-AMBI, BENTIX, and TUBI indexes were used to determine the ecological quality of the benthic area in the Western Black sea region. Data were transformed into maps using ArcGIS software. The results of the ecological quality index classified the study location as poor and bad throughout the seasons. AMBI, M-AMBI, BENTIX, and TUBI indexes revealed the ecological quality of the Western Black sea coast of Turkey is high and good throughout the seasons. This research is supported by the “TUBİTAK 116Y150” project.