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Effects of pollution from anthropogenic point sources on the recruitment of sessile estuarine reef biota


Fowles, AE and Edgar, GJ and Stuart-Smith, RD and Kirkpatrick, JB and Hill, N and Thomson, RJ and Strain, EMA, Effects of pollution from anthropogenic point sources on the recruitment of sessile estuarine reef biota, Frontiers in Marine Science, 5 Article 417. ISSN 2296-7745 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 Fowles, Edgar, Stuart-Smith, Kirkpatrick, Hill, Thomson and Strain. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00417


Expanding urbanization in estuaries and the increase in pollutants from anthropogenic point sources can affect nearby benthic assemblages. Using a paired impact-control design, we assessed the effects of pollution from anthropogenic point sources (marinas, storm-water drains, sewage outfalls and fish farms) on algal and sessile invertebrate recruits to pavers placed in an industrialized Tasmanian estuary. Species number and cover of native recruits were lower after 12 months at sites outside marinas relative to paired control sites, whereas non-native and cryptogenic recruits were significantly higher outside marinas and near sewage outfalls. The cover of fast-growing, opportunistic species was significantly higher at sites near fish farms and sewage outfalls, and the cover of native species was also greater at sites near sewage outfalls relative to the paired control sites. Our results suggest an increased management focus on controlling pollution from marinas and sewage outfalls is warranted to limit the spread of non-native and cryptogenic species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:introduced species, macroalgae, sewage outfall, fish farm, marine, stormwater drainage, marina
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Fowles, AE (Ms Amelia Fowles)
UTAS Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
UTAS Author:Stuart-Smith, RD (Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
UTAS Author:Hill, N (Dr Nicole Hill)
UTAS Author:Strain, EMA (Dr Beth Strain)
ID Code:129135
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-11-12
Last Modified:2018-12-10
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