Long-Term Dynamics of Fouling Communities Found on Offshore Installations in the North Sea

Journal Article

Title: Long-Term Dynamics of Fouling Communities Found on Offshore Installations in the North Sea
Publication Date:
October 01, 2003
Journal: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume: 83
Number: 5
Pages: 897-901
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Whomersley, P.; Picken, G. (2003). Long-Term Dynamics of Fouling Communities Found on Offshore Installations in the North Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 83, 897-901.
Abstract: 

Inspection videos of four offshore platforms in the central and northern North Sea were used to study the development of fouling communities on clamps and guides of oil export risers over an 11-y period (1989-2000). Results front multivariate analyses (multi-dimensional scaling and analysis of similarities) indicated that distinct assemblages developed in different geographical locations. These differences were mainly due to the protracted development of the Metridium senile (Cnidaria: Actinaria) zone on the northern sector platforms. The vertical zonation of fouling organisms was similar on all installations, although the water depth at platform locations varied from 80 to 169 m, indicating that fouling organisms display a wide bathymetric tolerance. This study has highlighted the value of long-term data present in operational inspection videos for the study of fouling communities.

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