Coastal Hypoxia. Consequences for Living Resources and Ecosystems. Volume 58. Coastal and Estuarine Studies

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  • 464 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies, Volume 58.

Hypoxia is a condition that occurs when dissolved oxygen falls below the level necessary to sustain most animal life. In U.S. coastal waters, and in the entire western Atlantic, we find the largest hypoxic zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico on the Louisiana/Texas continental shelf. The area affected, which is about the size of the state of New Jersey at its maximal extent, has increased since regular measurements began in 1985. Sediment cores from the hypoxic zone also show that algal production and deposition, as well as oxygen stress, were much lower earlier in the 190Os and that significant increases occurred in the latter half of the twentieth century. We publish this book against the background of such measurements, and to review how the developing and expanding hypoxic zone has affected living resources on this continental shelf.

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PrefaceNancy N. Rabalais and R . Eugene Turner v

1 Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Description, Causes and ChangeNancy N. Rabalais and R. Eugene Turner  1

Section I: Plankton

2 Impacts of Changing Si/N Ratios and Phytoplankton Species CompositionQuay Dortch, Nancy N. Rabalais, R. Eugene Turner, and Naureen, A. Qureshi  37

3 Zooplankton: Responses to and Consequences of HypoxiaNancy H. Marcus  49

4 Distribution of Zooplankton on a Seasonally Hypoxic Continental ShelfNaureen A. Qureshi and Nancy N. Rabalais 61

5 Pelagic Cnidarians and Ctenophores in Low Dissolved Oxygen Environments: A ReviewJennifer E. Purcell, Denise L. Breitburg, Mary Beth Decker, William M. Graham, Marsh J. Youngbluth and Kevin A . Raskoff  77 

Section II: Physiology and Behavior

6 Physiological Responses to HypoxiaLouis E. Burnett and William B. Stickle  101

7 Responses of Nekton and Demersal and Benthic Fauna to Decreasing Oxygen ConcentrationsNancy N. Rabalais, Donald E. Harper, Jr., and R. Eugene Turner  115

Section III: Benthos

8 Overview ofAnthropogenica!!y–Induced Hypoxic Effects on Marine Benthic FaunaRobert J. Diaz and Rutget Rosenberg  129

9 Benthic Foraminiferal Communities in Oxygen–Depleted Environments of the Louisiana Continental ShelfEmil Platon and Barun K. Sen Gupta  147

10 Effects of Hypoxia and Anoxia on Meiofauna: A Review with New Data from the Gulf of MexicoMarkus A. Wetzel, John W.F leeger, and Sean P. Powers  165

11 Effect of Hypoxia/Anoxia on the Supply and Settlement of Benthic Invertebrate LarvaeSean P . Powers, Donald E. Harper, Jr., and Nancy N. Rabalais  185

12 Effects of Seasonal Hypoxia on Continental Shelf BenthosNancy N. Rabalais, Lorene E. Smith, Donald E. Harper, Jr.,  211

13 Effects of Low Dissolved Oxygen on the Behavior, Ecology and Harvest of Fishes: A Comparison of the Chesapeake Bay and Baltic–Kattegat SystemsDenise L. Breitburg, Leif Pihl, and Sarah E. Kolesar  241

14 Ecological Effects of Hypoxia on Fish, Sea Turtles, and Marine Mammals in the Northwestern Gulf of MexicoD. Kevin Craig, Larry B. Crowder, Charlotte D. Gray, Cartie d. McDaniel, Tyrrell A. Henwood, and James G. Hanifen  269

15 Effects of Hypoxia on the Shrimp Fishery of Louisiana and TexasRoger J. Zimmerman and James M. Nance  293

16 Distribution of Catch in the Gulf Menhaden, Brevoortia patronus, Purse Seine Fishery in the Northern Gulf of Mexico from Logbook Information: Are There Relationships to the Hypoxic Zone?Joseph W. Smith  311

Section V: Food Webs and Ecosystems

17 The Effects of Hypoxia on the Northern Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ecosystem:A Fisheries PerspectiveEdward J. Chesney and Donald M. Baltz  321

18 A Brief Overview of Catchment Basin Effects on Marine FisheriesJohn E. Caddy  355

19 Some Effects of Eutrophication on Pelagic and Demersal Marine Food WebsR. Eugene Turner  371

Section VI: Perspectives

20 An Economic Perspective of Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of MexicoWalter R. Keithly, Jr, and John M. Ward  399

21 Hypoxia, Nutrient Management and Restoration in Danish WatersDaniel J. Conley and Alf B. Josefson 425

22 Future Perspectives for Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of MexicoDubravko Justic, Nancy N. Rabalais, and R. Eugene Turner  435


23 Commonality and the FutureR. Eugene Turner and Nancy N. Rabalais  451

Index  455

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