Response of meiofaunal community with special reference to nematodes upon deployment of artificial reefs and cessation of bottom trawling in subtropical waters, Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-384
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume63
Issue number5-12
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Abstract

The response of meiofaunal communities, especially nematodes, upon the deployment of artificial reefs and cessation of bottom trawling at a designated Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Hong Kong was studied through comparison of meiofaunal samples collected inside and outside the MPA. Total organic carbon (TOC), total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN), total phosphorus (TP), water content and silt-clay fraction in sediments were also analyzed. The level of TOC and TKN, and total meiofaunal and nematode abundance were significantly lower inside than that outside the MPA. Multivariate analysis also indicated differences in community structure. Biological traits analysis revealed that the proportions of nematodes with a clavate tail shape, longer adult length, stout body shape and k-strategy life history were higher inside than that outside the MPA. Such changes in nematode community structure could be a result of the presence of the artificial reefs and closure of the MPA from bottom trawling. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Biological traits analysis, Bottom trawling, Community composition, Free-living marine nematodes, Meiofauna

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Response of meiofaunal community with special reference to nematodes upon deployment of artificial reefs and cessation of bottom trawling in subtropical waters, Hong Kong. / Liu, Xiao-Shou; Xu, Wen-Zhe; Cheung, S.G.; Shin, Paul K.S.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 63, No. 5-12, 2011, p. 376-384.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review