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Seasonal patterns in the fish and crustacean community of a turbid temperate estuary (Zeeschelde Estuary, Belgium)
Maes, J.; Taillieu, A.; Van Damme, P.A.; Cottenie, K.; Ollevier, F.P. (1998). Seasonal patterns in the fish and crustacean community of a turbid temperate estuary (Zeeschelde Estuary, Belgium). Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 47: 143-151
In: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Academic Press: New York. ISSN 0272-7714, more
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Keywords
    Check lists; Cooling water; Estuaries; Power plants; Temporal variation; Temporal variations; Crustacea [WoRMS]; ANE, Belgium [gazetteer]; Belgium [gazetteer]; Marine; Brackish water

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  • Maes, J., more
  • Taillieu, A.
  • Van Damme, P.A., more
  • Cottenie, K.
  • Ollevier, F.P., more

Abstract
    Fish and crustaceans were sampled for 1 year in the upper reaches of a temperate estuary characterized by high turbidity and a tidal range of up to 5 m. Samples were taken in the cooling-water circuit of the Doel Nuclear Power station (Zeeschelde, Belgium). Between July 1994 and June 1995, 55 fish species, two shrimp species and four crab species were recorded. The fish community was composed of 36 marine species, 16 freshwater species and three diadromous species. Shrimps, Gobiidae and Clupeidae dominated the samples both in numbers and biomass. An exceptionally clear seasonal succession was observed in the species composition. It is argued that young fish and crustaceans use the highly turbid Zeeschelde Estuary as a refuge from predators.

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