Limits to Top-Down Control of Phytoplankton by Oysters in Chesapeake Bay

@inproceedings{Pomeroy2006LimitsTT,
  title={Limits to Top-Down Control of Phytoplankton by Oysters in Chesapeake Bay},
  author={Lawrence R. Pomeroy and Christopher F. D'elia and Linda C. Schaffner},
  year={2006}
}
Restoration of the oyster Crassostrea virginica population in Chesapeake Bay is often advocated as an easy solution for controlling phytoplankton blooms. Even at their pre-colonial densi- ties, oysters are unlikely to have controlled blooms, despite the fact that sediment cores suggest that pre-colonial spring blooms were smaller than at present. Lack of access to all bay water and low springtime filtration rates would make it impossible for oysters to control the spring bloom and the resulting… CONTINUE READING

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