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Effects of kelp forest removal on associated fish assemblages in central California

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

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Abstract

Visual surveys along subtidal belt transects were used to compare fish assemblages on an experimental and a control site before and after the removal of a canopy-forming kelp forest. The giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera (L.) C.A. Agardh was removed at the holdfast from approximately equals 1 ha of high relief structurally complex rock substratum. The abundance of seven species of fish, of which five were considered midwater species, significantly declined after the kelp was removed. Results indicate that the presence of a giant kelp forest may increase the abundance and species diversity of the fish assemblages over a high relief rocky reef in central California, U.S.A.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of kelp forest removal on associated fish assemblages in central California
Series title:
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Volume
117
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1988
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Alaska Biological Science Center
Description:
pp. 227-238
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
227
Last page:
238
Number of Pages:
12