Benthic recovery during open sea fish farming abatement in Western Mediterranean, Spain

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dc.contributorBiología Marinaes
dc.contributor.authorSanz-Lázaro, Carlos-
dc.contributor.authorMarín, Arnaldo-
dc.contributor.otherUniversidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicadaes
dc.identifier.citationMarine Environmental Research. 2006, 62(5): 374-387. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2006.05.006es
dc.identifier.issn0141-1136 (Print)-
dc.identifier.issn1879-0291 (Online)-
dc.description.abstractFish farming is an important source of organic matter input in coastal waters, which contributes to eutrophication. In this study, the macrofaunal benthic community was studied after the cessation of fish farming with the aim of improving our understanding of benthic succession and sediment recovery in a marine ecosystem. The results showed that the best environmental variables for assessing organic pollution were acid-volatile sulfides (AVS) and redox potential. Succession and recovery was best explained by macrofaunal analysis based on community composition as well as on trophic groups. The patterns of recovery differed between each impacted station. For this reason, succession could not be accurately predicted due to the unique environmental parameters and the singular community functional structure of each location. The Azti Marine Benthic Index (AMBI) proved its validity for assessing pollution but did not distinguish between successional
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was financially supported by the Project AGL2004-08350-C02-01 from Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia and Culmarex S.A. Company. During the writing of the manuscript C.S. was granted a Pre-doctoral FPU scholarship from the Ministerio de Educación y
dc.subjectFeeding guildses
dc.subjectTrophic groupses
dc.subjectOrganic enrichmentes
dc.titleBenthic recovery during open sea fish farming abatement in Western Mediterranean, Spaines
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