Assessing the suitability of OSPAR EcoQOs for eutrophication vs ICES criteria for England and Wales

Painting, SJ, Devlin, MJ, Rogers, SI, Mills, DK, Parker, ER and Rees, HL (2005) Assessing the suitability of OSPAR EcoQOs for eutrophication vs ICES criteria for England and Wales. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 50 (12). pp. 1569-1584. ISSN 0025-326X

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Abstract

This paper provides a preliminary evaluation of the suitability of OSPAR Ecological Quality objectives for eutrophication for coastal and offshore waters of England and Wales on the basis of ICES criteria. In principle, EcoQOs are easy to understand, but responses to nutrient enrichment are complex. Few studies provide unequivocal evidence of links between inputs and response. Monitoring is generally feasible and in place, but needs to be improved. The best EcoQO is winter nutrient concentrations. Chlorophyll concentrations are a good indicator in environments susceptible to nutrient enrichment. The EcoQO for zoobenthos/fish kills potentially meets all criteria for a good indicator; EcoQOs for phytoplankton indicator species, oxygen concentrations and zoobenthos changes do not. Greater emphasis needs to be placed on seasonal effects of nutrient inputs and phytoplankton response, natural susceptibility of different water bodies, differences between coastal and offshore environments, and developing longer time series of data.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecoqos,eutrophication,ospar,ices,england,wales
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:37
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 11:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60149
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.06.042

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