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Assessment of Zooplankton in the area of Prestige oil tanker accident

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Zooplankton was sampled in four radials, with three coverings in radial 1 with a two-day interval and just one covering in radials 2, 3, and 4. The current study was based on samples conducted aboard the NRP "Almeida Carvalho" during cruise CECIR XIV from the 3rd to the 9th of May 1988 in the coastal area between Porto and Figueira da Foz. The samples were collected using a WP2 plankton net. The trawls were conducted in a vertical direction at a speed of 1 m/s, stratified between the depth levels of 0-20 m, 20-60 m, and 60-150 m, resulting in a total of 99 zooplankton harvests. more

The samples were preserved in borax-buffered 5% formalin (pH 8.5 - 9). The biovolume of the samples was calculated using the displaced volume method, with the largest organisms (>1cm) removed beforehand. The biomass of zooplankton was measured in m1/m3. The zooplankton were identified and counted using stereomicroscopes in counting chambers (with grid of 50 squares with about 1 cm on a side). The spatial and temporal variability of zooplankton during sardine spawning (May) in an area off Porto - Figueira da Foz was analysed. The distribution of zooplankton in the water column indicated a day-night rhythm of vertical migration, since the biomass between 20 and 60 meters depth was significantly higher during the night that during the day. From the application of principal component analysis to the more frequent taxa the following spatio-temporal patterns were obtained: a) A community with neritic characteristics was identified in position to a community with oceanic characteristics. This aspect of spatial variability weighted highly in the total variability of the samples. b) Vertical stratification by taxonomic groups and the influence of hidrodinâmica processes (daily advection) on zooplanktonic communities. c) Changes with time in the distribution of some species seem to have been determined by saline fronts.

Biology > Plankton > Zooplankton
Marine/Coastal, ANE, Portugal, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Annelida, Bryozoa, Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Echinodermata, Foraminifera, Phoronida

Geographical coverage
ANE, Portugal [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -10,2; MinLat: 40,08 - MaxLong: -8,85; MaxLat: 41,08 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage

Taxonomic coverage
Annelida [WoRMS]
Bryozoa [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Ctenophora [WoRMS]
Echinodermata [WoRMS]
Foraminifera [WoRMS]
Phoronida [WoRMS]


Biovolume (calculated) of biological entity specified elsewhere per unit volume of the water body [BODC]
Development stage of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Gender of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]

Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), moredata managerdata creator

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2022-10-17
Information last updated: 2022-10-17
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