Zooplankton in the Schelde estuary, Belgium and the Netherlands: long-term trends in spring populations

M. Tackx, F. Azémar, S. Boulêtreau, N. De Pauw, K. Bakker, B. Sautour, S. Gasparini, K.E.R. Soetaert, S. van Damme, P. Meire

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    Abstract

    A compilation of available data in between 1967 and 2002 on spring zooplankton abundance was made for the brackish and the freshwater zone of the Schelde estuary. The general picture is a significant increase of 1–2 orders of magnitude in abundance for Rotifera, Copepoda and Branchiopoda (mainly Cladocera) in the freshwater zone, while zooplankton abundance in the brackishwater zone remained more constant. Possible natural and management related causes for this increase in zooplankton abundance are briefly discussed. [KEYWORDS: Schelde estuary ; zooplankton ; long-term]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-278
    JournalHydrobiologia
    Volume540
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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