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Assessment of Jessica oil spill impacts on intertidal invertebrate communities


Gelin, A and Gravez, V and Edgar, GJ, Assessment of Jessica oil spill impacts on intertidal invertebrate communities, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 46, (11) pp. 1377-1384. ISSN 0025-326X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0025-326X(03)00368-0


The impact of the Jessica oil-spill on intertidal macroinvertebrate communities was studied using a reference-impact design at three tidal levels at sites where oil deposits had been reported by a shoreline assessment team, and adjacent reference sites. Faunal relationships between the various sites did not show any clear pattern related to oil exposure at the time of sampling (4-11 months post-spill). Similarly, no significant differences associated with oiling were detected for total animal density nor species richness data, nor for the abundances of common taxa. We note that post-hoc studies such as this are limited by a failure to recognise different levels of oiling impacts at different sites (oiling-site interactions). Baseline information is critical if subtle effects of oiling are to be distinguished. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable transport activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable transport activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
ID Code:27168
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2004-12-06

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