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Large-scale salmon farming in Norway impacts the epiphytic community of Laminaria hyperborea


Haugland, BT and Armitage, CS and Kutti, T and Husa, V and Skogen, MD and Bekkby, T and Carvajalino-Fernandez, MA and Bannister, RJ and White, CA and Norderhaug, KM and Fredriksen, S, Large-scale salmon farming in Norway impacts the epiphytic community of Laminaria hyperborea, Aquaculture Environment Interactions, 13 pp. 81-100. ISSN 1869-7534 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3354/aei00392


Large-scale finfish farms are increasingly located in dispersive hard-bottom environments where Laminaria hyperborea forests dominate; however, the interactions between farm effluents and kelp forests are poorly understood. Effects of 2 levels of salmonid fish-farming effluents (high and low) on L. hyperborea epiphytic communities were studied by sampling canopy plants from 12 sites in 2 high-energy dispersive environments. Specifically, we assessed if farm effluents stimulated fast-growing epiphytic algae and faunal species on L. hyperborea stipes—as this can impact the kelp forest community composition—and/or an increased lamina epiphytic growth, which could negatively impact the kelp itself. We found that bryozoan biomass on the stipes was significantly higher at high-effluent farm sites compared to low-effluent farm and reference sites, resulting in a significantly different epiphytic community. Macroalgal biomass also increased with increasing effluent levels, including opportunistic Ectocarpus spp., resulting in a less heterogeneous macroalgae community at high-effluent farm sites. This habitat heterogeneity was further reduced by the high bryozoan biomass at the high-effluent sites. Such changes in the epiphyte community could have implications for the faunal community that relies on the epiphytes for food and refuge. On the kelp lamina, no clear response to farm effluents was found.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Laminaria hyperborea, kelp, epiphytes, epiphytic community, Salmo salar, Atlantic salmon, Norway, Bryozoa
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:White, CA (Dr Camille White)
ID Code:143609
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2021-03-26
Last Modified:2021-10-11
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