Changes in the planktonic copepod community in a landlocked bay in the subtropical coastal waters of Hong Kong during recovery from eutrophication
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摘要Tolo Harbour is a poorly flushed bay in the northeastern corner of Hong Kong. Eutrophication caused by discharge of untreated and secondarily treated sewage into the bay was first detected during the 1970s. Increased nutrient input led to a noticeable increase in algal biomass and algal bloom occurrences. Nutrient reduction measures, including the construction of a pipeline to export all sewage effluents from Tolo Harbour, were introduced during the late 1980s. Decline in nutrient levels and decrease in the number of algal blooms have been recorded since 1998 when all nutrient reduction measures became fully operational. Zooplankton samples collected during 2003-2004 revealed that Tolo Harbour still contained a higher density and lower diversity of planktonic copepods compared to Mirs Bay, a less-polluted sea area outside Tolo Harbour. A comparison between data collected in this study to those collected during 1988-1990, several years before nutrient reduction measures were to be fully implemented, showed a decrease in copepod densities and an increase in copepod diversity. Small copepods, notably species of Paracalanus and Oithona, dominated the copepod communities in both periods, but there was an increase in species evenness during 2003-2004, caused by an increase in the number of dominant species. These observations confirm that eutrophication may lead to increases in copepod densities accompanied by increased dominance of small species.
著者Zhang GT, Wong CK
出版社Springer Verlag (Germany)
頁次277 - 288
關鍵詞Abundance; Community composition; Copepods; Eutrophication; Hong Kong; Species diversity
Web of Science 學科類別Marine & Freshwater Biology; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY

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