Ontwikkeling van enkele droogvallende mosselbanken in de Nederlandse Waddenzee: Situatie 2019

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Abstract

Wageningen Marine Research is studying the long-term development of a number of individual intertidal mussel beds in the Dutch Wadden Sea to identify the characteristics that determine the survival of such beds. The study is being carried out as part of the WOT theme Nature Information Infrastructure. A large proportion of the mussel beds have been able to maintain themselves since the beginning of the study (1995). After formation of a new mussel bed they gradually decline in area, coverage and population density, and the proportion of empty shells, macroalgae and barnacles increases. The decline in size and coverage is occasionally reversed by a good mussel spatfall, after which the process starts again. Japanese oysters have settled in all beds, leading to higher shellfish coverage and a decline in mussel biomass.
Original languageDutch
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu
Number of pages64
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Publication series

NameWOt-technical report
No.192
ISSN (Print)2352-2739
NameWageningen Marine Research rapport
No.C108/20

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