Macroalgal support of cultured hard clams in a low nitrogen coastal lagoon

  title={Macroalgal support of cultured hard clams in a low nitrogen coastal lagoon},
  author={Kelly L. Hondula and Michael L Pace},
Bivalves influence both the ecology and the economy of coastal regions. By filterfeeding on particles in the water column, these organisms reduce turbidity and link benthic and pelagic production. In addition, production and sales of harvested bivalves are a source of income in coastal areas like the Eastern Shore of Virginia (USA). Phytoplankton are known to be a main food source to many bivalves; however, ocean-side lagoons off the coast of Virginia support extensive aquaculture of Mercenaria… CONTINUE READING


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