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Plankton of the Fladen Ground during FLEX 76. 1.Spring development of the plankton community
Williams, R.; Lindley, J.A. (1980). Plankton of the Fladen Ground during FLEX 76. 1.Spring development of the plankton community. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 57(2): 73-78
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Williams, R.
  • Lindley, J.A., more

Abstract
    Results from plankton sampling in the northern North Sea with the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) and the Undulating Oceanographic Recorder (UOR) during the Fladen Ground Experiment in 1976 (FLEX 76) are summarised. The first evidence of the spring outbreak of phytoplankton was on 19 April, the day after the first signs of vertical stability of the water column were observed. This was followed by spawning of the euphausiid Thysanoessa inermis and rapid increase in the numbers of Calanus finmarchicus. C. finmarchicus was the most abundant species over the FLEX period (19 March to 3 June) and, together with T. inermis, accounted for over 80% of the dry weight of the zooplankton standing stock. By early June the standing crop of phytoplankton had been depleted and nutrients levels were reduced to very low concentrations in the upper 50 m.

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