Macro- and meiofaunal recolonisation of dredged material used for habitat enhancement: temporal patterns in community development

Bolam, Stefan, Schratzberger, Michaela and Whomersley, Paul (2006) Macro- and meiofaunal recolonisation of dredged material used for habitat enhancement: temporal patterns in community development. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 52 (12). pp. 1746-1755. ISSN 0025-326X

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Abstract

In recent years, dredged material has become regarded as a potential resource and used to create and/or improve intertidal habitats (i.e., beneficial use). This paper presents the results of a sampling programme to investigate the long-term (42 months post-recharge) macro- and meiofaunal recolonisation processes of a beneficial use scheme in south-east England. While univariate indices of community structure indicated that the scheme’s meiofaunal community was never significantly different from that of a nearby reference area, such attributes for macrofauna were continually significantly below those of the reference area, although this was not the case for all reference stations. Multivariate analyses revealed that macro- and meiofaunal community structures were always significantly different from those of the reference communities. We discuss the factors responsible for these observations and propose that assessing recovery of a beneficial use scheme should be undertaken using pre-defined criteria in addition to comparisons with a reference site.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2022 17:30
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 09:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84143
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2006.07.010

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