Quinta Formosa and Viveiros

Country:Portugal
Site:Intertidal. Tray culture of stock.
Shellfish
Stock species:Oysters

Monthly spatfalls


Key for spatfall groups

Key

Algae or diatoms recruited from December to May and in August and September. Hydroids recruited in February, blue mussels in May and barnacles from December to May and in August and September.

Community development

Dominant Species

  • Barnacles Balanus amphitrite and Elminius modestus
  • crustose coralline algae
  • oysters
  • tube-forming amphipods and polychaetes

Changes in Wet Weight

The fouling weight increased steadily for the study duration.

Video shows developed fouling community on long-term panels deployed  at Viveiros.