Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass

Lilley, M.K.S., Beggs, S.E., Doyle, T.K., Hobson, V.J., Stromberg, K.H.P. and Hays, G.C. 2011, Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass, Marine biology, vol. 158, no. 11, pp. 2429-2436, doi: 10.1007/s00227-011-1744-1.

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Title Global patterns of epipelagic gelatinous zooplankton biomass
Author(s) Lilley, M.K.S.
Beggs, S.E.
Doyle, T.K.
Hobson, V.J.
Stromberg, K.H.P.
Hays, G.C.ORCID iD for Hays, G.C.
Journal name Marine biology
Volume number 158
Issue number 11
Start page 2429
End page 2436
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 0025-3162
Summary There is concern that overfishing may lead to a proliferation of jellyfish through a process known as fishing down the food web. However, there has been no global synthesis of patterns of gelatinous zooplankton biomass (GZB), an important first step in determining any future trends. A meta-analysis of epipelagic-GZB patterns was undertaken, encompassing 58 locations on a global scale, and spanning the years 1967–2009. Epipelagic-GZB decreased strongly with increasing total water column depth (r 2 = 0.543, p < 0.001, n = 58): in shallow (<50 m) coastal waters, epipelagic-GZB was typically 742× the levels in deep ocean (>2,000 m) sites. However, the ratio of GZB to primary productivity showed high values across a range of depths, i.e. this measure of the relative abundance of gelatinous zooplankton did not co-vary with depth.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00227-011-1744-1
Field of Research 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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