Sources of organic matter for flatfish juveniles in coastal and estuarine nursery grounds: A meta-analysis for the common sole (Solea solea) in contrasted systems of Western Europe

Type Article
Date 2013-01
Language English
Author(s) Le Pape Olivier1, Moderan J.2, Beaunee G.1, Riera Pascal3, Nicolas Delphine4, Savoye N.5, Harmelin-Vivien M.6, Darnaude A. M.7, Brind'Amour Anik8, Le Bris H.1, Cabral H.9, Vinagre C.9, Pasquaud S.9, Franca S.9, Kostecki Caroline1
Affiliation(s) 1 : INRA, Agrocampus Ouest, UMR ESE 985, F-35042 Rennes, France.
2 : San Francisco State Univ, Romberg Tiburon Ctr, Tiburon, CA 94920 USA.
3 : Univ Paris 06, UMR 7144, Stn Biol Roscoff, F-29680 Roscoff, France.
4 : Irstea, UR EPBX, F-33612 Cestas, France.
5 : Univ Bordeaux 1, Observ Aquitain Sci Univers, UMR EPOC 5805, CNRS,Stn Marine Arcachon, F-33120 Arcachon, France.
6 : Aix Marseille Univ, UMR CNRS 7294, Inst Mediterraneen Oceanol MIO, F-13007 Marseille, France.
7 : Univ Montpellier 2, CNRS IRD IFREMER UM1 UM2, Lab ECOSYM, UMR 5119, F-34095 Montpellier, France.
8 : IFREMER, Ctr Nantes, F-44311 Nantes, France.
9 : Univ Lisbon, Fac Ciencias, Ctr Oceanog, P-1749016 Lisbon, Portugal.
Meeting 8th International Symposium on Flatfish Ecology, Ijmuiden, NETHERLANDS, NOV 05-11, 2011
Source Journal Of Sea Research (1385-1101) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2013-01 , Vol. 75 , P. 85-95
DOI 10.1016/j.seares.2012.05.003
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Keyword(s) Nursery ground, Flatfish, Organic matter origin, Stable isotopes, Mixing model SIAR
Abstract Coastal and estuarine nursery grounds are essential habitats for sustaining flatfish stocks since only these shallow and productive areas provide the high food supply that allows maximizing juvenile growth and survival in most flatfish species. However, the main organic matter sources at the basis of benthic food webs might differ drastically between estuarine nursery grounds under strong freshwater influences, where food webs are mainly supported by continental organic matter, and coastal ecosystems under limited freshwater influence, where the local marine primary production is the main source of carbon for the benthos. To better understand the links between continental inputs to the coastal zone and stock maintenance in the highly prized common sole, Solea solea (L.), we investigated the variability in the organic matter sources supporting the growth of its young-of-the-year (YoY) in five contrasted estuarine and coastal nursery grounds under varying freshwater influence. Stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen allowed tracing the origin of the organic matter exploited by YoY soles in the very first months following their benthic settlement, i.e. when most of the juvenile mortality occurs in the species. A mixing model was run to unravel and quantify the contribution of all major potential sources of organic matter to sole food webs, with a sensitivity analysis allowing assessment of the impact of various trophic enrichment factors on model outputs. This meta-analysis demonstrated a relative robustness of the estimation of the respective contributions of the various organic matter sources. At the nursery scale, the upstream increase in freshwater organic matter exploitation by YoY soles and its positive correlation with inter-annual variations in the river flow confirmed previous conclusions about the importance of organic matter from continental origin for juvenile production. However, inter-site differences in the organic matter sources exploited for growth showed that, although freshwater organic matter use is significant in all nursery sites, it is never dominant, with especially high contributions of local primary production by microphytobenthos or saltmarsh macrophytes to juvenile sole growth in tidal nursery ecosystems. These patterns stress the need for maintaining both the intensity of freshwater inputs to the coastal zone and of local autochthonous primary production (especially that of the intertidal microphytobenthos) to preserve the nursery function of coastal and estuarine ecosystems. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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Le Pape Olivier, Moderan J., Beaunee G., Riera Pascal, Nicolas Delphine, Savoye N., Harmelin-Vivien M., Darnaude A. M., Brind'Amour Anik, Le Bris H., Cabral H., Vinagre C., Pasquaud S., Franca S., Kostecki Caroline (2013). Sources of organic matter for flatfish juveniles in coastal and estuarine nursery grounds: A meta-analysis for the common sole (Solea solea) in contrasted systems of Western Europe. Journal Of Sea Research, 75, 85-95. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :