In Botany Bay, Australia, saltmarshes and mangrove forests are not uncommonly threatened by oil spills. Studies were done to examine the short and long-term effects of spills on molluscs and crustaceans in these habitats. Mortality of some species followed simulated spills but densities reached control levels within a few weeks. Sampling of areas previously affected by spills also provided little, if any, evidence of long-term effects. There were few residual effects of the oil; therefore recolonisation would normally be relatively rapid, depending only on the size of the patch affected and the rate of recruitment from the plankton.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1990|