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Some estuaries typically have re-occurring blooms in particular areas. For example, the Berowra estuary near Sydney has a continually high biomass of algae in the middle reaches near Calabash Point. Harmful algal blooms also occur intermittently, which result in closure of the Sydney rock oyster aquaculture facilities situated in the downstream reach of the estuary. Closure of the estuary following algal blooms has a significant impact on the local community, due to the importance of the area for boating and swimming. Berowra Estuary is a drowned river valley estuary (tidally dominated), which joins the Hawkesbury River estuary about 24 km from the Pacific Ocean. The estuary has a waterway area of about 13 km2 and drains a catchment of approximately 310 km2. A study was instigated to determine when and why the blooms occur in the mid-reaches of the estuary (Rissik et al. 2006).
India has 7,500km of coastline with diverse habitats and rich biota. Coastal ecosystems, unfortunately, are experiencing wide range of pressures due to siltation, eutrophication, coastal development, aquaculture and climate change. Those species that adapt to these pressures will expand their living boundaries while others may fade away. Accordingly, the study of coastal biodiversity is of great concern globally and constitutes an important element of global change research.
BOX 8.2 THE ECOLOGY AND AQUACULTURE OF A DOMINANT ESTUARINE COPEPOD Gladioferens is a genus of calanoid copepods containing around five species, found abundantly in the estuaries of Australia and New Zealand over a wide range of salinities. It is described as a pioneer herbivore, exploiting the phytoplankton blooms after rainfall (Bayly 1965 Rippingale and Payne 2001). Their abundance is in part regulated by other copepods including the omnivorous predators Sulcanus (a cyclopoid) and Acartiura (a calanoid). Calanoids seemingly glide through the water, typically upside down, propelled by rapid beating of their second antennae. Jerky swimming may also occur when they rapidly swim with the five pairs of swimming legs. Adult male Gladioferens imparipes have a bent left first antennae (that is, they are asymmetric), which it uses to grasp the female and attach a sperm packet near her genital opening. The female releases the fertilised eggs into a sac until the free swimming nauplii hatch....
Coleman VL and Burkholder JM (1994) Community structure and productivity of epiphytic microalgae on eelgrass (Zostera marina L) under water-column nitrate enrichment. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 179 29-48 Colmenero LR and Lizaso JLS (1999) Effects of Calpensia no-bilis (Esper 1976) (Bryozoa Cheilostomata) on the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Aquat Bot 62 217-223 Cornelisen CD and Thomas FIM (2002) Ammonium uptake by seagrass epiphytes Isolation of the effects of water velocity using an isotope label. Limnol Oceanogr 47 1223-1229 Cullinane JJ, Mahoney O and Whelan P (1985) Algal epiphytes of subtidal Zostera marina L. On the south coast of Ireland. Cryptogam Algol 6 239-251 Daume S, Brand-Gardner S and Woelkerling W (1999) Preferential settlement of abalone larvae Diatom films vs. non-geniculate coralline red algae. Aquaculture 174 243-254 Dixon LK (1999) Establishing light requirements for the seagrass Thalassia testudinum An example from Tampa Bay, Florida. In Bortone SA (ed)...
The majority of chlorophyll in Australian coastal waters is found in the very smallest of cells - the size of bacteria. Their high surface-area-to-volume ratio allows them to out-compete larger cells in the race for nutrients. Most phytoplankton contain photosynthetically active pigments, such as chlorophyll, which enable them to use energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into complex organic molecules, such as sugar or protein (that is, they are autotrophs). Exceptions abound where some of these 'plants' do not fix their own carbon, but engulf and consume other plant cells (that is, they are heterotrophic). Other phytoplankton may be considered as villains - producing red tides or toxic algae - but there are only a few species responsible. Most phytoplankton are enormously beneficial, such as those used in the aquaculture industry.
Despite the ecological and economical importance of seagrass beds, an increasing number of reports document the ongoing loss or regression of sea-grasses in all countries (Duarte et al., 2002 Walker et al., Chapter 23 Kenworthy et al., Chapter 25). The surface area occupied by Posidonia beds is limited by environmental factors (light, turbidity, salinity, temperature), but in some coastal regions where anthropogenic pressures (trawling, aquaculture, wastewater outfalls) are high, severe damage is observed. The loss of Posidonia beds is unfortunately not recent it has been reported since 1930s (Boudouresque and Meinesz, 1982 Cambridge and McComb, 1984 Shepherd et al., 1989 Larkumand West, 1990 Walker and McComb, 1991). Recent mapping of the historical evolution of Pos idonia dis The introduction of exotic marine organisms, from accidental release, vessel ballast water, hull fouling, and aquaculture, remains an area of concern (Boudouresque and Verlaque, 2002 Duarte et al. in press...
The possibility of treating human wastes in man-made vetiver-filled wetlands has already been mentioned. This non-chemical wastewater treatment also seems promising for cleaning waste products from aquaculture. It is already removing nutrients from trout-farm effluent in trials at a U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility in West Virginia.
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