Response of Mytilus edulis to enhanced phytoplankton availability by controlled upwelling in an oligotrophic fjord

Type Article
Date 2015-01
Language English
Author(s) Strohmeier Tore1, Strand Oivind1, Alunno-Bruscia MarianneORCID1, 2, Duinker Arne3, Rosland Rune4, Aure Jan1, Erga Svein R.4, Naustvoll Lars J.5, Jansen Henrice M.1, 6, Cranford Peter J.7
Affiliation(s) 1 : Inst Marine Res, N-5817 Bergen, Norway.
2 : IFREMER, UMR 6539, F-29840 Argenton En Landunvez, France.
3 : Natl Inst Nutr & Seafood Res, N-5817 Bergen, Norway.
4 : Univ Bergen, Dept Biol, N-5020 Bergen, Norway.
5 : Inst Marine Res, N-4817 His, Norway.
6 : Inst Marine Resources & Ecosyst Studies IMARES, NL-4400 AB Yerseke, Netherlands.
7 : Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Bedford Inst Oceanog, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2, Canada.
Source Marine Ecology Progress Series (0171-8630) (Inter-research), 2015-01 , Vol. 518 , P. 139-152
DOI 10.3354/meps11036
WOS© Times Cited 11
Keyword(s) Bivalve aquaculture, Production carrying capacity, Physiology, Fjord ecosystems, Shell growth, Tissue growth

The controlled upwelling of nutrient-rich deep water in oligotrophic coastal regions has been proposed as a means of increasing phytoplankton and, subsequently, bivalve aquaculture production. This was tested as part of a large-scale upwelling experiment in an oligotrophic environment (Lysefjord, Norway). The mean chlorophyll a concentration in the upwelling area was consistently higher than at the control site (mean ± SD: 3.3 ± 1.9 and 1.5 ± 0.6 mg Chl a m-3, respectively) during the 4 mo of controlled upwelling. After 2 mo with upwelling, the dry flesh weight of 1 yr-old and 2 yr-old mussels was 95% and 24% higher, respectively, than that of the mussels at the control site. The 1 yr-old mussels at the upwelling site achieved up to 2.4-fold higher dry flesh weight compared to the control. Reproductive output was also higher at the upwelling site and only there, spawning of 1 yr-old mussels was detected. Standardized clearance and respiration rates showed maximum values during the most intense period of tissue growth. Average ingestion rates were 40% higher at the upwelling than the control site. Tissue growth and clearance rates were not correlated with the measured seston parameters, suggesting that food acquisition was responsive to other exogenous parameters and/or to increased endogenous energy demands. It was concluded that the sustained upwelling of nutrient-rich deep water in an oligotrophic fjord can increase phytoplankton biomass, resulting in improved mussel growth performance and increased aquaculture production carrying capacity. Thus, controlled upwelling represents a simple but effective ecosystem engineering approach for enhancing human food production.

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Strohmeier Tore, Strand Oivind, Alunno-Bruscia Marianne, Duinker Arne, Rosland Rune, Aure Jan, Erga Svein R., Naustvoll Lars J., Jansen Henrice M., Cranford Peter J. (2015). Response of Mytilus edulis to enhanced phytoplankton availability by controlled upwelling in an oligotrophic fjord. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518, 139-152. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :