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Offshore oil platforms and fouling communities in the southern Arabian Gulf (Abu Dhabi).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12405209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the fouling organisms on the legs of offshore oil platforms at two sites in the southern Arabian Gulf (offshore Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates). 100% of the metal structures was colonized by encrusting organisms. Both the number of individuals and the total biomass tended to decrease with depth. The total weight of dead shells always exceeded that of living organisms. Sessile filter feeders dominated the biomass, whereas small mobile forms had the largest number of individuals. The biomass at the deeper platform (22 m) was dominated by bivalves, barnacles and bryozoans, while polychaetes and amphipods had the greatest number of individuals. Biomass values here ranged from 1 g/0.1 m2 at 20 m to 147 g/0.1 m2 at 5 m; the corresponding individual numbers were 266 (20 m) and 11,814 indiv./0.1 m2 (5 m). The results at the shallower platform (11 m) differed in several respects: barnacles clearly dominated over bivalves, and sponges exceeded byrozoans, while total individual numbers fell due to a decline in polychaete dominance. Biomass values here ranged from 84 g/0.1 m2 at 10 m to 153 g/0.1 m2 at 0 m; the corresponding individual numbers were 695 (10 m) and 3,125 indiv./0.1 m2 (0 m). The potential role of such fouling communities on artificial structures in the Gulf is discussed.
Michael Stachowitsch; Reinhard Kikinger; Jürgen Herler; Pamela Zolda; Ernst Geutebrück
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-30     Completed Date:  2003-01-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  853-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology, University of Vienna, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Fuel Oils*
Oceans and Seas
Population Density
United Arab Emirates
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fuel Oils

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