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The Interannual Changes in the Secondary Production and Mortality Rate of Main Copepod Species in the Gulf of Gdańsk (The Southern Baltic Sea)

Version 1 : Received: 23 April 2019 / Approved: 25 April 2019 / Online: 25 April 2019 (08:05:58 CEST)

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Dzierzbicka-Głowacka, L.; Musialik-Koszarowska, M.; Kalarus, M.; Lemieszek, A.; Prątnicka, P.; Janecki, M.; Żmijewska, M.I. The Interannual Changes in the Secondary Production and Mortality Rate of Main Copepod Species in the Gulf of Gdańsk (The Southern Baltic Sea). Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2039. Dzierzbicka-Głowacka, L.; Musialik-Koszarowska, M.; Kalarus, M.; Lemieszek, A.; Prątnicka, P.; Janecki, M.; Żmijewska, M.I. The Interannual Changes in the Secondary Production and Mortality Rate of Main Copepod Species in the Gulf of Gdańsk (The Southern Baltic Sea). Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2039.

Journal reference: Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 2039
DOI: 10.3390/app9102039

Abstract

The main objective of this paper was description of seasonal and interannual trends in secondary production and mortality rates of the three most important Copepoda taxa in the Gulf of Gdańsk (southern Baltic Sea). Samples were collected monthly from 6 stations located in the western part of the Gulf of Gdańsk during three research periods: 1998-2000, 2006-2007 and 2010-2012. Production was computed basing on copepod biomass and mortality rates estimated according to vertical life table approach. Redundancy analysis was used to investigate relationship between secondary production and environmental conditions. Considering the entire research period there was significant interannual and seasonal variability of secondary production, mortality rate as well as abundance and biomass anomalies. Conducted analysis revealed correlation between increasing temperature and production of Acartia spp. and T.longicornis developmental stages, while older copepodites of P.acuspes showed almost negative correlation with temperature. The mortality rate estimations obtained for Acartia spp. Were highest in summer, while for T.longicornis peak was usually noted in spring-summer period. Lowest mortality rate estimations were noted in autumn and winter for almost all stages of investigated taxa.

Subject Areas

copepoda; secondary production; mortality rates; Baltic sea; gulf of Gdańsk

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