The effects of oil spills on macro-invertebrates of mangrove forests and saltmarshes in Botany Bay, N.S.W., Australia

Keith Mcguinness

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-135
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Volume142
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1990
Externally publishedYes

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