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dc.contributor.authorStevens, Tim
dc.contributor.authorMee, Laurence
dc.contributor.authorFriedrich, Jana
dc.contributor.authorAleynik, Dmitry
dc.contributor.authorMinicheva, Galina
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-15T23:19:25Z
dc.date.available2020-01-15T23:19:25Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn2296-7745
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fmars.2019.00474
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/390298
dc.description.abstractThe north-west shelf of the Black Sea has suffered well-documented declines in biodiversity since the 1960s, and by the 1990s was considered a dead zone with virtually no sign of macroscopic epibenthic life. It was characterised by high levels of anthropogenic input, massive phytoplankton blooms, and periodically hypoxic to anoxic bottom waters. An important contributor to primary production on the northwest shelf is the red alga Phyllophora spp. growing in waters to 70 m depth. Phyllophora is a habitat forming taxon supporting complex assemblages of bivalves, sponges, and ascidians, with an associated rich fish fauna. From 1990 on, nutrient loads entering the system plummeted and the severity of algal blooms decreased. Changes to benthic communities, however, were far less rapid, and the trajectory and rate of any recovery of the dead zone, in particular Zernov’s Phyllophora Field, is far from certain. This study used towed underwater video imagery from research cruises in summer 2006 and spring 2008 to classify and map macro-epibenthic assemblage structure, and related this to putative physical, chemical and spatial drivers. Distinct and relatively stable benthic communities were in evidence across the northwest shelf at that time. These communities were largely structured by substrate type and depth, but there is some evidence that nutrients continued to play a role. Phyllophora spp. was present across much, but not all, of its former range, but at far lower percent cover than previously. The pattern of abundance of Phyllophora in 2006–2008 did not correlate with the documented pre-eutrophication pattern from 1966. There is some evidence that faster-growing opportunistic species have hindered recovery. We conclude that while there was evidence of sustained recovery, by 2008 the macro-epibenthic communities of the northwest shelf of the Black Sea were far from their pre-eutrophication state.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherFrontiers Media
dc.relation.ispartofjournalFrontiers in Marine Science
dc.relation.ispartofvolume6
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchOceanography
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEcology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0405
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0602
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsMarine & Freshwater Biology
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.titlePartial Recovery of Macro-Epibenthic Assemblages on the North-West Shelf of the Black Sea
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationStevens, T; Mee, L; Friedrich, J; Aleynik, D; Minicheva, G, Partial Recovery of Macro-Epibenthic Assemblages on the North-West Shelf of the Black Sea, Frontiers in Marine Science, 2019, 6
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.date.updated2020-01-15T23:16:10Z
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