Comparison of recruitment and growth patterns of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) between a natural rocky shore and farming substrate within an oil spill contaminated area of Korea SCOPUS KCI

Title
Comparison of recruitment and growth patterns of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) between a natural rocky shore and farming substrate within an oil spill contaminated area of Korea
Author(s)
Lee, H.-M.; Yoon, K.-T.
Publication Year
2014
Abstract
Macrobenthic biodiversity in the rocky intertidal areas of the Tae-an region, Republic of Korea, has decreased since the Hebei Spirit oil spill in December 2007. We aimed to investigate ecological roles of Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) because recruitment and growth of oysters are critical to the recovery of damaged rocky shore ecosystem. We surveyed two sites monthly: natural rocky substrate and farming substrate, from July 2012 to January 2013 to identify and compare the changes in macrobenthic fauna. The abundance of young oysters was higher at the natural site. On the other hand, the mean height of oyster on the farming substrate was more than twice as great. The abundance of oyster at the natural site increased until October and then continuously decreased until end of study period. However, the abundance of oyster at the farming site constantly decreased from the beginning of study period. These different growth patterns might be attributable to spatial competition between oyster and a barnacle species (Balanus albicostatus) and environmental factors. At the natural site, physical stress factors including dramatic temperature changes and desiccation a few of the major factors limiting growth during aerial exposure. In addition, motile macrobenthos could be detrimental to oysters because they interrupt filter-feeding activities and hence hamper the growth of oysters. We show the higher recruitment of oysters at the natural site and healthy growth in the farming substrate are due to complicated differences in physical and biological stress factors.
ISSN
1598-141X
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/2936
DOI
10.4217/OPR.2014.36.2.145
Bibliographic Citation
Ocean and Polar Research, v.36, no.2, pp.145 - 156, 2014
Publisher
Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
Keywords
Crassostrea gigas; Growth; Hebei Spirit oil spill; Oyster; Recruitment; Rocky shore
Type
Article
Language
Korean
Document Type
Article
Publisher
Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
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