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Title: Response of intertidal macrobenthic communities to long term human induced changes in the Eo estuary (Asturias, Spain): Implications for environmental management
Authors: Paz, L. de 
Neto, J. M. 
Marques, J. C. 
Laborda, A. J. 
Keywords: Benthos; Long-term; Shellfish culture; Ecosystem disturbance; Environmental impact; Eo estuary; Cantabric sea
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Marine Environmental Research. 66:2 (2008) 288-299
Abstract: Long term macrobenthos data together with physical habitat parameters were analysed to investigate spatial and temporal changes at an estuary under different anthropogenic pressures, mainly increasing shellfish farming. The aim was to assess the possible impacts of these pressures on the macrobenthic communities by comparing a period before and after changes in these pressures. Benthic samples were seasonally collected in 1990 (before major anthropogenic changes), 2000 and 2005 at the same sampling stations located on three different habitats in the Eo estuary (Northern Spanish coast). Multivariate and univariate methods were used to assess spatial variability of benthic assemblages and to compare community changes over time. Data from 1990 was assumed as the reference situation to appraise the subsequent impacts.
DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2008.04.004
Rights: openAccess
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