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Title: Organisms associated with oysters cultured in floating systems in Virginia, USA
Authors: O'Beirn, F.X.
Ross, P.G.
Luckenbach, M.W.
Keywords: Crassostrea
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: National Shellfisheries Association
Citation: O'Beirn, F.X., Ross, P.G. and Luckenbach, M.W. (2004) Organisms associated with oysters cultured in floating systems in Virginia, USA, Journal of Shellfish Research, 23(3), pp. 825-829.
Series/Report no.: Journal of Shellfish Research;23(3)
Abstract: The number and abundance of macro-fauna! taxa was estimated from six floating structures (floats) used to culture the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) near Chincoteague Island, Virginia, USA. After a 10-mo grow-out period, all organisms found among and attached to the cultured oysters were counted. The final mean size of oysters was 80.5 (14.7 SD) mm. Overall, 45 species of macrofauna were recorded with the number of species in the floats ranging from 24 to 36. There was no relationship between the number of taxa and the density of oysters in the floats. Total abundances of associated organisms were estimated at 12,746/float to 92,602/float. These findings highlight the diverse (taxonomic and trophic) and abundant nature of communities associated with cultured oysters. They also provide a baseline set of information that may help more clearly define the interactions between oyster culture and the environment.
Description: Peer-reviewed.
ISSN: Journal of Shellfish Research
Appears in Collections:Benthos Ecology

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