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Field data and growth model for mussels Mytilus edulis in Danish waters
Riisgård, H.U.; Lundgreen, K.; Larsen, P.S. (2012). Field data and growth model for mussels Mytilus edulis in Danish waters. Mar. Biol. Res. 8(8): 683-700. dx.doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2012.678857
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
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Keywords
    Bioenergetics; Energy budget; Time series; Marine
Author keywords
    Doubling time; Condition index; Suspension-feeding; Chlorophyll-a

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  • Riisgård, H.U.
  • Lundgreen, K.
  • Larsen, P.S.

Abstract
    Growth rates of blue mussels, Mytilus edulis, in suspended net-bags were measured in field experiments conducted in Limfjorden and Great Belt, Denmark, for extended periods of time (22–69 days) with up to 8 intermediate data samplings during the period. The resulting time series of growth of different overlapping size-classes of M. edulis were analysed individually and after being assembled to cover the full range of sizes, as full time series in terms of weight specific growth rate (µ=(1/W) dW/dt,% day-1) as a function of dry weight of soft parts (W, g). The results were compared to a simple bioenergetic growth model for mussels (µ=aW b , a=0.871×C-0.986, b=- 0.34), and observed power-law relations of growth data were in good agreement with the model, which takes into account the prevailing average chlorophyll a (chl a) concentration (C, µg chl a l-1) at field sites. Thus, the b-values of data were close to the predicted -0.34 while the a-value was in one case lower than estimated due to suboptimal conditions during part of the growth period. As a supplementary interpretation the growth data have been expressed in terms of the time to double the dry weight of soft parts for a given size of mussel and at a given experimental site.

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