Diversity Patterns of Benthic Macrofauna Caused by Marine Fish Farming

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Title: Diversity Patterns of Benthic Macrofauna Caused by Marine Fish Farming
Authors: Sanz-Lázaro, Carlos | Marín, Arnaldo
Research Group/s: Biología Marina
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Aquaculture | Organic enrichment | Benthic diversity | Shannon-Wienner | Abundance | Species richness | Biomass | Pearson-Rosenberg model | Macrofauna | Community structure | Spatial and temporal patterns | Ecosystem functioning | Functional diversity | Sediment metabolic capacity
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: 14-Apr-2011
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Sanz-Lázaro C, Marín A. Diversity Patterns of Benthic Macrofauna Caused by Marine Fish Farming. Diversity. 2011; 3(2):176-199. doi:10.3390/d3020176
Abstract: This paper reviews the patterns observed in the diversity and structure of the macrofauna benthic community under the influence of fish farming. First, we explain the effects of organic enrichment on the sediment and the consequences for the inhabiting communities. We describe the diversity trends in spatial and temporal gradients affected by fish farming and compare them with those described by the Pearson and Rosenberg model. We found that in general terms, the trends of diversity and other community parameters followed the Pearson and Rosenberg model but they can vary to some extent due to sediment local characteristics or to secondary disturbances. We also show the different mechanisms by which wild fish can affect macrofauna diversity patterns under fish farming influence. In addition, we comment the importance of the macrofauna diversity in the ecosystem functions and propose some guidelines to measure functional diversity related to relevant processes at ecosystem level. We propose more research efforts in the main topics commented in this review to improve management strategies to guarantee a good status of the diversity and ecosystem functioning of sediments influenced by fish farming.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/38122
ISSN: 1424-2818
DOI: 10.3390/d3020176
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2011 by the authors; licensee MDPI; Basel; Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/d3020176
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