Survival of tropical ballast water organisms during a cruise from the Indian Ocean to the North Sea

Gollasch, S., Lenz, Jürgen, Dammer, M. and Andres, H.-G. (2000) Survival of tropical ballast water organisms during a cruise from the Indian Ocean to the North Sea Journal of Plankton Research, 22 (5). pp. 923-937. DOI 10.1093/plankt/22.5.923.

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In an assessment of non-indigenous species transported by international ship traffic to German waters, commissioned by the German Federal Environmental Agency, the survival of tropical plankton organisms in ballast water was studied by accompanying a container vessel on its 23-day voyage from Singapore to Bremerhaven in Germany. Two tanks, one filled off Singapore and the other off Colombo, Sri Lanka, were monitored for their phyto- and zooplankton content by daily sampling. As already reported in previous studies, species abundance and diversity, especially of zooplankton, decreased sharply during the first days, and only a few specimens survived the whole cruise. The contents of the Colombo tank, however, changed dramatically during the last week. The harpacticoid copepod, Tisbe graciloides, increased its abundance by a factor of 100 from 0.1 to 10ind. l–1 within a few days. This is the first time that a ballast water organism has been found to multiply at such a high rate. Opportunistic species such as Tisbe are apparently able to thrive and propagate in ballast water tanks under certain conditions. Ballast water tanks may thus serve as incubators for certain species depending on their characteristics.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BI Biological Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1093/plankt/22.5.923
ISSN: 0142-7873
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:24
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 12:52

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