Effect of ocean acidification on marine fish sperm (Baltic cod: Gadus morhua)

Frommel, Andrea, Stiebens, Victor, Clemmesen, Catriona and Havenhand, J. (2010) Effect of ocean acidification on marine fish sperm (Baltic cod: Gadus morhua) Biogeosciences (BG), 7 . pp. 3915-3919. DOI 10.5194/bg-7-3915-2010.

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Ocean acidification, as a consequence of increasing marine pCO2, may have severe effects on the physiology of marine organisms. However, experimental studies remain scarce, in particular concerning fish. While adults will most likely remain relatively unaffected by changes in seawater pH, early life-history stages are potentially more sensitive – particularly the critical stage of fertilization, in which sperm motility plays a central role. In this study, the effects of ocean acidification (decrease of pHT to 7.55) on sperm motility of Baltic cod, Gadus morhua, were assessed. We found no significant effect of decreased pH on sperm speed, rate of change of direction or percent motility for the population of cod analyzed. We predict that future ocean acidification will probably not pose a problem for sperm behavior, and hence fertilization success, of Baltic cod.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: WOS:000285574100001
Keywords: Ecology; Ichthyology; ocean acidification; Baltic Cod; Gadus morhua; physiology; marine organism; OYSTER CRASSOSTREA-GIGAS; NEAR-FUTURE LEVELS; SEA-URCHIN; MOTILITY; PH; SPERMATOZOA; FERTILIZATION; IMPACT; TEMPERATURE; OSMOLALITY; Alkor; AL344
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.5194/bg-7-3915-2010
ISSN: 1726-4170
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Projects: BIOACID, Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 10:28
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 12:28
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/10331

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