The objective of this project is to study the effect of suspended silt concentrations on the activity of filter feeding bivalves (e.g. clearance, ingestion, pseudofaeces production and growth). Deterministic models will be presented that describe the effect of various silt concentrations on the model species for this study, the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis). These models can be used to investigate the impact of dredging on filterfeeding bivalve populations. The results of this study can be used to decide how much increase in suspended solids is acceptable and what is the best period of dredging and nourishment activities.
|Place of Publication||Yerseke|
|Number of pages||52|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Name||Report / IMARES Wageningen UR|
- environmental impact
- population dynamics
- north sea