|Continuous plankton records: the distribution and standing crop of the plankton of the shelf and ocean to the west of the British Isles|
Colebrook, J.M. (1986). Continuous plankton records: the distribution and standing crop of the plankton of the shelf and ocean to the west of the British Isles. Proc., Sect. B Biol. Sci. 88: 221-237
In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Section B, Biological Sciences. Royal Society of Edinburgh: Edinburgh. ISSN 0269-7270, more
Abundance; Phytoplankton; Plankton; Plankton surveys; Population dynamics; Population number; Seasonal variations; Spatial distribution; Spring; Winter; Zooplankton; Marine
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It would appear that, due to inherent limitations to the net rate of increase of zooplankton populations, the distribution of the overwintering stocks has an influence on the distribution and abundance of most species through the rest of the year. This affects the dynamics of the seasonal cycle and also influences the form of year-to-year changes in abundance. The plankton of the area of the Rockall Channel is characterised by low overwintering stocks, coupled in spring with higher rates of population increase as compared with the adjacent shelf. There is a pronounced spring bloom of phytoplankton, followed by a period of nearly five months of relative stability of stocks of both phytoplankton and zooplankton.