Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Limnology and Oceanography
Plankton production in Raritan Bay is described based on total chlorophyll data and two series of 24-hr dark and light bottle differential oxygen experiments. Maximum chlorophyll (r) recorded was 663 ,ug L-l in a bloom of Massutiia rotundata. Utility of pigment data in estimating productivity or biomass is regarded as dubious: i) 17.3 x lo6 chains of Skeletonema costatum once corresponded to only trace quantities of chlorophyll; ii) production occurred several times in absence of detectable chlorophyll.
Contribution No. 93 from the Virginia Fisheries Laboratory.
Patten, Bernard, Plankton Energetics of Raritan Bay (1961). Limnology and Oceanography, 6(4), 369-387.