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The Zooplankton Of The Baltic Proper: A long-term investigation of the fauna, its biology and ecology
Utförare miljöbevakning, Institut, Havsmiljöinstitutet, HMI.
Utförare miljöbevakning, Universitet, Stockholms universitet, SU, Zoologiska institutionen.
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1979 (engelsk)Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on the results from a long-term zooplankton investigation in the Baltic proper in the years 1968—1972. Additional results, obtained by the authors in more recent investigations, have also been used in order to enrich the material with information not obtained in the principal investigation.

Seven standard plankton stations, covering seven sub-areas of the Baltic proper have been visited on average four to five times per year. All cruises have been made in connection with ordinary hydrographical expeditions which means that all zooplankton samples are accompanied by a complete list of hydrographical data.

The paper describes the zooplankton fauna of the Baltic proper which comprises about 40 regularly appearing species excluding the micro zooplankton. The main part of the fauna in respect of biomass and production consists, however, of only 10—12 species. The most important were the cnidarian Aurelia aurita. the rotifers Synchaeta spp., the cladocerans Bosmina coregoni maritima and Evadne nordmanni, the copepods Pseudocalanus minutas elongatus, Temora longicornis, Acartia bifilosa, A. longiremis and Centropages hamatus and the larvacean Fritillariaborealis.

Species of less importance were the larvae of Pleurobrachia pileus, the cladocerans Podon intermedius, P. leuckarti and Pleopsis polyphemodides (the latter is abundant in coastal areas), the copepods Eurytemora sp. and Oithona similis, the larvae of gastropod species, Mytilus edulis, Macoma baltica, Cardium glaucum. C.hauniense and My a arenaria, the chaetognath Sagitta elegans baltica and the larvacean Oikopleura dioica.

Occaisonal species were the cnidarians Sarsia tubulosa and Cyanea capillata, the rotifers Keratella quadrata quadrata, K. qu. platei, K. cruciformis eichwaldi and K.cochlearis recurvispina, the larvae of Pygospio elegans and Balanus improvisus, the copepods Calanus finmarchicus, Limnocalanus macrurus and Cyclops sp., the mysidaceans Mysis relicta and M. mixta, the amphipod Hyperia galba and the chaetognath Sagitta setosa.

All samples have been collected by vertical, fractionated hauls with a Nansennet. The mesh size was 0.160 mm in the years 1968—1971 and 0.090 mm in 1972. A correction of all results due to the poor filtering capacity of the Nansen net has been made. The additional results are mainly based on samples from the UNESCOWP 2 net.

All specimens have been analysed to species and the copepods also to developmental stages. The biomass has been calculated as the sum of all individual volumes.

The paper also describes the hydrography of the Baltic proper in general and presents the data for temperature, salinity and oxygen in the years 1968—1972.The relationship between the unique hydrography of the Baltic with its stable, brackish water contidions and the planktonfauna is discussed.

The regulating factors for the vertical and horizontal distribution of the fauna were found to be either temperature or salinity or a combination of these factors.

The seasonal variation in biomass values showed a rather good correlation with the temperature of the surface layer viz. the lowest biomass values (< 10 g m-2) were usually found in March—April, an increase started in May—June and a maximum (30—60 g m-2) was most often reached in August—September. There were great variations in biomass between the seven stations. The highest mean values (20—25 gm"2) were found in the southern and south-eastern parts of the Baltic proper and the lowest (12—13 gm-2) in the northern and south-western parts. Looking at the biomass values over the whole period of investigation, a remarkable stability has been found. There is no evidence of either increasing or decreasing trend.

The production of zooplankton has also been estimated. According to our calculations the production amounts to about 20 gC m-2 year-1 (380 g wwt) in the southern Baltic proper and 10 gC m-2 year-1 (190 g wwt) in the northern part.

The last part of the paper discusses the role of zooplankton in the energy flow of the whole pelagic ecosystem, i.e. from primary phytoplankton production to reproduction and recruitment of pelagic fishes.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Göteborg: Fiskeristyrelsen , 1979. , s. 69
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Report Fishery Board of Sweden, Institute of Marine Research ; 1979:2
Emneord [en]
hydrography, salinity, temperature, oxygen, zooplankton, Baltic sea
Emneord [sv]
hydrografi, salthalt, temperatur, syre, Östersjön
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Finansiering, Nationellt finansierad miljöövervakning; Kust och hav, Fria vattenmassan, hydrografi, kemi och biologi; Sveriges miljökvalitetsmål, Hav i balans samt levande kust och skärgård
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URN: urn:nbn:se:havochvatten:diva-450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:havochvatten-450DiVA, id: diva2:1581361
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