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The introduction of alien species (AS) in marine environments is a factor of disturbance that can be viewed as a pollution agent. Using basic information on abundance and distribution of alien species, we developed an index that classifies AS impacts on native species, communities, habitats and ecosystem functioning. This method can be used to evaluate(More)
Adverse effects of invasive alien species (IAS), or biological pollution, is an increasing problem in marine coastal waters, which remains high on the environmental management agenda. All maritime countries need to assess the size of this problem and consider effective mechanisms to prevent introductions, and if necessary and where possible to monitor,(More)
A comparative vulnerability analysis of 16 selected benthic habitat types in the SE Baltic Sea waters and the Curonian lagoon, including Klaipeda strait, was performed using long-term monitoring datasets (1980–2003) and results of several other surveys in the lagoon and the sea. Results indicated that invasive species richness (number of alien species per(More)
Water temperature, organic matter quality and quantity and macrofauna activity generally regulate the seasonal evolution of benthic oxygen uptake in coastal areas. We hypothesize that highly productive lagoons can represent an exception in this respect, due to alternating sequences of phytoplankton bloom, dystrophy and collapse events, coupled with water(More)
Zebra mussel filtration rates and regulating factors have been addressed earlier in a number of studies. Still, only a few of them have taken into consideration the refiltration phenomenon, and therefore the direct extrapolation of experimental results may only give the potential filtering capacity, and hence, over- or underestimate the actual amount of(More)
This study tested robustness of mathematically defined species sensitivity with manipulation of disturbance gradient coverage by datasets on two different pressures and two depth zones of the central Baltic Sea. The results indicate large differences of sensitivity values for the same species when depth range changed. After addition of samples from impacted(More)
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