Document Type

Report

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

1979

Abstract

The Middle Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Studies is comprised of three volumes.

  • Volume I. Executive Summary.
  • Volume IIA, IIB, IIC and IID. Chemical and Biological Benchmark Studies.
  • Volume III. Geologic Studies.

This is the third of four sections of the Chemical and Biological Benchmark Studies

  • CHAPTER 9. COMMUNITY STRUCTURE ANALYSIS AND FOOD HABITS OF FISHES by George R. Sedberry, Eric J. Foell and John A. Musick
  • CHAPTER 10. HISTORICAL COMMUNITY STRUCTURE ANALYSIS OF FINFISHES by John A. Musick, James A. Colvocoresses and Eric J. Foell
  • CHAPTER 11. BACTERIOLOGY by Howard J. Kator

Chapters of this report contain the Institutes' Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering Nos.197,198 & 199.

Description

This volume contains element reports for community structure analysis and food habits of fishes, historical community structure analysis of finfishes, and bacteriology. The fish food habits section contains data on seasonal community structure of demersal fishes and food habits of dominant species. A discussion of the influence of ridge and swale topography on community structure and feeding habits is included. The historical community structure analysis chapter is a discussion of NMFS Middle Atlantic Bight finfish data collected from 1967 through 1976 and VIMS data from 1967. Abundance, biomass and community structure is analyzed seasonally. The bacteriology chapter includes data on the distribution and abundance of heterotrophic and petroleum-degrading bacteria in sediments and the water column, and results of petroleum degradation and chitin degradation laboratory experiments.

Keywords

Continental shelf -- Atlantic Coast (U.S.); Marine biology -- Atlantic Coast (U.S.); Geology -- Atlantic Coast (U.S.); Benchmark Studies

Funding

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL BENCHMARK STUDIES conducted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Under Contract No. AA550-CT6-62 with the Bureau of Land Management United States Department of Interior

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