Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Biology

Language

English

Abstract

Macrobenthic communities in 2001 and 2012 were compared across the marine environment of Hong Kong based on sediment grab samples collected from 28 stations. CLUSTER analysis showed in both surveys that the stations could be divided into four groups at 20% faunal similarity. However, there were notable changes in the macrobenthic community structure between 2001 and 2012 in three focal areas of pollution control (i.e., Victoria Harbour, Deep Bay and Tolo Harbour). The potential link between macrobenthos and pollution abatement measures, and the contributions of environmental conditions to the differential responsiveness of macrobenthos were explored. Notably, a reduction in nutrient input to the eastern part of Victoria Harbour might have led to recovery of benthic communities therein.

Keywords

Benthos, Bivalves, Hong Kong, Pollution, Polychaetes, Sediment

Publication Date

11-2017

Source Publication Title

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Volume

124

Issue

2

Start Page

694

End Page

700

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Funder

Zhi Wang received a PhD studentship from a project supported by the Research Grants Council via a Collaborative Research Fund (project no. CRF HKU5/CRF/12G).

DOI

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.04.026

ISSN (print)

0025326X

ISSN (electronic)

18793363

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