PROJECT LITTORAL BAND HABITATS (HBL®)

Q-Star Coastal Services Integrated S.L, since last June 2017, has 3 units of HBL® under the prominent Badalona Oil Bridge.
This initiative is part of the project ``Litoral Band Habitat Research (HBL®) to the municipality of Badalona`` which aims to achieve the following objectives:

a) To know the behavior, stability and other issues more of operability by the process of buoyage (assembly and dismantling) in the coastal strip during the summer season.

b) Evolutionary study. That is, to track the oceanographic aspects (through the use of data and existing stations to the Oil Bridge) for 11 months in total to know how they affect the phenomena of currents, collapse of sediments, possible occasional displacements, etc .. and also as a stumbling block for the generation of flora and fauna as well as the production of biomass. For these last aspects, they develop a sampling methodology through professional diving using oceanographers and / or biologists specialized in marine life for the determination and counting of potential species that want to establish themselves in the chosen one.

The interest of installing three (3) units in the deepest part of the Petroleum Bridge, is basically to carry out the study under two differentiated parameters:

1. Bathymetric elevation Since the beaconing will be done at different depths given the orography of the potential beaches that we want to mark, the behavior of the inhabited can be different depending on it.

2. Colonization of species by strata. That is, the 3 habitats are protected so that the species that are colonized are identified, taking into account:
- The distribution within each HBL®
- Differentiation of species between HBL® units as a result of their geolocation.

First Results:
CONCLUSION

From Q-Star Coastal Integrated Services, S.L we would be delighted that from the Directorate of Territory and Urban Planning of the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia, give us support in the research initiative.

Many city councils are interested because they see evidence that there is a need to move towards new anchorage systems and stop doing so as has been the case until now, where the methodologies were much more aggressive and disrespectful to the seabed.

Very obvious cases are those that may have affected areas with prairies of ``posidonia oceanica`` in regions more experienced to have this type of plant such as the provinces of Girona, and less known cases such as the sandy bottoms of Maresme or Costa Dorada , where in spite of thinking that biodiversity is lower, at the benthic level, the diversity of species could also be benefited from retruch by the presence of Litoral Band Habitats.