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POSTER: Spatial Distribution of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Biomass in Puget Sound – Establishing a Baseline

 
Publication number Date Published
18-03-020May 2018
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Author(s) Burgess, D., A. Eagleston, M. Dutch, V. Partridge, S. Weakland
Description During 2016, a biomass and size classification component was added to the suite of benthic community indices analyzed by the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Marine Sediment Monitoring Program.

The objective was to establish the first large-scale baseline of benthic macroinvertebrate biomass for Puget Sound.

Biomass and size of benthic organisms can provide valuable information on:
• Productivity - nutrient cycling
• Ecosystem function - feeding, bioturbation
• Stability of benthic communities over time
• Size structure not captured by abundance data
• Effects of stressors on size and development of individual organisms

This poster was presented at the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle, WA.
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Contact Dany Burgess at 360-407-6685 or danb461@ecy.wa.gov
Keywords Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, benthic invertebrates, Puget Sound
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