Modelling shellfish growth with dynamic energy budget models: an application for cockles and mussels in the Oosterschelde (southwest Netherlands)

T.A. Troost, J.W.M. Wijsman, S. Saraiva, V. Freitas

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Abstract

Dynamic energy budget models for growth of individual cockles (Cerastoderma edule) and mussels (Mytilus edulis) are adjusted and calibrated to the Oosterschelde by formulating and parametrizing their functional responses using an extensive set of field observations. The resulting model predictions fit the observations satisfactorily. Results indicate that food quality and the importance of detritus as a food source are site-specific as well as species-specific. Despite these differences in their calibrated parameter values, both species show a very similar functional response. Compared with other systems, however, the functional responses of mussels in the present study are clearly higher than those of mussels in other systems. This may be explained by the absence of intra-specific competition in the measurement set-up that was used, and therefore supports the idea that the generally small functional response of M. edulis is caused by intra-specific competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3567-3577
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Series B, Biological Sciences
Volume365
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • bivalves
  • waters

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