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A multivariate assessment of the coral ecosystem health of two embayments on the lee of the island of Hawai'i.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18456287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Four coral-dominated coastal sites within two embayments (Kealakekua Bay and Honokōhau Bay) on the lee of the island of Hawai'i were studied to assess evidence of anthropogenic impacts in these relatively pristine locales. Nutrient-loading parameters were analyzed in relation to benthic composition data. Statistically, there were significant positive relationships between nitrate+nitrite, silicate, and ammonium with the abundance of macroalgae, coralline algae, and dead coral, and between delta(15)N and dead coral abundance. The north outside site of Kealakekua Bay and the south outside site of Honokōhau Bay appear to be most impacted by nutrient-loading factors in each bay, respectively. Comparisons with past nutrient data indicate that nutrient inputs have increased to the two bays, and that early impacts of these increased loadings are evident. It is predicted that at current nutrient-loading rates, the north sites of Kealakekua Bay and the south sites of Honokōhau Bay will exhibit evidence of further degradation in future years.
Michael L Parsons; William J Walsh; Chelsie J Settlemier; Darla J White; Josh M Ballauer; Paula M Ayotte; Kara M Osada; Brent Carman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2008-05-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-06     Completed Date:  2008-11-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1138-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
Marine Science Department, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, United States.
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MeSH Terms
Anthozoa / physiology*
Environmental Monitoring / methods
Multivariate Analysis
Water Pollution

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