Biofouling leads to reduced shell growth and flesh weight in the cultured mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis

@article{Sievers2013BiofoulingLT,
  title={Biofouling leads to reduced shell growth and flesh weight in the cultured mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis},
  author={M. Sievers and I. Fitridge and T. Dempster and M. Keough},
  journal={Biofouling},
  year={2013},
  volume={29},
  pages={107 - 97}
}
Competitive interactions between cultured mussels and fouling organisms may result in growth and weight reductions in mussels, and compromised aquaculture productivity. Mussel ropes were inoculated with Ciona intestinalis, Ectopleura crocea or Styela clava, and growth parameters of fouled and unfouled Mytilus galloprovincialis were compared after two months. Small mussels (≈50 mm) fouled by C. intestinalis and E. crocea were 4.0 and 3.2% shorter in shell length and had 21 and 13% reduced flesh… Expand
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