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Dynamics of a biofouling community in finfish aquaculture: a case study from the South Adriatic Sea

Dynamics of a biofouling community in finfish aquaculture: a case study from the South Adriatic Sea

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Biofouling is one of the challenges that can strongly affect the finfish farm economy. Although several studies on biofouling in aquaculture have been conducted in the Mediterranean Sea, they focused on specific taxa or were limited to a particular period of sampling. The present study investigated for the first time the development, composition and variation in a biofouling community in a finfish farm with immersion time, season and depth. The results indicate that all these factors influence biofouling succession and recruitment. Moreover, the species that had a crucial role in structuring the community and in the farm cleaning activities were the ascidian Styela plicata and the bivalve Mytilus galloprovincialis. Compared with the literature data, the results highlight the heterogeneity in the composition of the biofouling present in the Mediterranean Sea. Moreover, such knowledge of the biofouling community could provide important information about management efforts and the costs that farmers will face when siting new fish farms.
Språk
Engelsk
Forfatter(e)
  • Pica Daniela
  • Bloecher Nina
  • Dell’Anno Antonio
  • Bellucci Alessandra
  • Pinto Tommaso
  • Pola Lisa
  • Puce Stefania
Institusjon(er)
  • Università Politecnica delle Marche
  • SINTEF Ocean / Sjømatteknologi
År
2019
Publisert i
Biofouling (Print)
ISSN
0892-7014
Årgang
35
Side(r)
696 - 709