Response of amphipod assemblages to desalination brine discharge: Impact and recovery

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Title: Response of amphipod assemblages to desalination brine discharge: Impact and recovery
Authors: de-la-Ossa-Carretero, Jose Antonio | Del-Pilar-Ruso, Yoana | Loya-Fernández, Angel | Ferrero-Vicente, Luis Miguel | Marco-Méndez, Candela | Martinez-Garcia, Elena | Sánchez-Lizaso, José Luis
Research Group/s: Biología Marina | Recursos Hídricos y Desarrollo Sostenible
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Amphipods | Brine discharge | Benthos | Mediterranean sea | Recovery | Recolonization
Knowledge Area: Zoología
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2016, 172: 13-23. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2016.01.035
Abstract: Desalination has become an important industry whose dense, high-salinity effluent has an impact on marine communities. Without adequate dilution, brine remains on the bottom increasing bottom salinity and affecting benthic communities. Amphipods showed high sensitivity to increased salinity produced by desalination brine discharge. A decrease in abundance and diversity of amphipods was detected at the station closest to the outfall, where salinity values reached 53. This salinity was later reduced by including a diffuser at the end of the pipeline. Six months after diffuser installation, amphipod abundance increased. During the first stage of this recovery, species such as Photis longipes recovered their abundance, others such as Microdeutopus versiculatus displayed opportunistic patterns, while others needed more time for recovery, e.g. Harpinia pectinata. These differences may be dependent on the organism living habits.
Sponsor: These surveys were funded by the Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla.
ISSN: 0272-7714 (Print) | 1096-0015 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2016.01.035
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
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