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Does aquaculture impact benthic algal ecology? a study on the effect of an experimental cage aquaculture operation on epilithic biofilms

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dc.contributor.supervisor Goldsborough, Gordon (Biological Sciences) en
dc.contributor.author Hille, Kelly Amber
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-21T15:10:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-21T15:10:28Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-21T15:10:28Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/3124
dc.description.abstract Epilithic biofilms were monitored for potential impacts of an experimental rainbow trout aquaculture operation at the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario, Canada. Metabolic and particulate samples were collected from the middle littoral zone of the experimental and reference lakes before and during the aquaculture operation. Phosphorus stocks in the experimental lake (epilimnetic and epilithic) increased as a result of both food waste and fish excretion. These cumulative P inputs were predicted to increase epilithic biomass and productivity, cause major compositional changes in the dominant groups and increase epilithic algal toxin production (microcystins). However, no major aquaculture-related changes in algal biomass, productivity, toxins or group dominance were observed in the epilithon. The only observed changes occurred at the species-level. These species-level changes were transient but did allude to an ecosystem reacting to stress. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
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dc.subject Benthic algae en
dc.subject Aquaculture en
dc.title Does aquaculture impact benthic algal ecology? a study on the effect of an experimental cage aquaculture operation on epilithic biofilms en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Biological Sciences en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Robinson, Gordon (Biological Sciences) Hesslein, Raymond (Biological Sciences) Turner, Michael (Canadian Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans) en
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en
dc.description.note February 2009 en


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