Characterizing the first wave of fish and invertebrate colonization on a new offshore petroleum platform

Todd, Victoria L.G., Williamson, Laura D., Cox, Sophie E., Todd, Ian B. and Macreadie, Peter I. 2020, Characterizing the first wave of fish and invertebrate colonization on a new offshore petroleum platform, ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 77, no. 3, pp. 1127-1136, doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsz077.

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Title Characterizing the first wave of fish and invertebrate colonization on a new offshore petroleum platform
Author(s) Todd, Victoria L.G.
Williamson, Laura D.
Cox, Sophie E.
Todd, Ian B.
Macreadie, Peter I.ORCID iD for Macreadie, Peter I.
Journal name ICES Journal of Marine Science
Volume number 77
Issue number 3
Start page 1127
End page 1136
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020-05
ISSN 1054-3139
Keyword(s) decommissioning
industry infrastructure
offshore production platform
oil and gas
rigs to reefs
ROV inspection
Summary Abstract Offshore Oil & Gas (O&G) infrastructure creates artificial reef complexes that support marine communities in oceans. No studies have characterized the first wave of colonization, which can reveal information about habitat attraction and ecological connectivity. Here we used opportunistically-collected industrial Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to investigate fish and invertebrate colonization on a new North Sea O&G platform and trenching of an associated pipeline. We observed rapid colonization of fish communities, with increases in species richness (S), abundance (N), and diversity (H′) over the first four days (the entire study period). By contrast, there was minimal change in motile invertebrate communities over the survey period. After trenching, invertebrate S, N and H′ decreased significantly, whilst fish S, N and H′ increased. This study is the first to report on the pioneer wave of fish and invertebrate colonization on O&G infrastructure, thereby providing rare insight into formation of new reef communities in the sea. These short and opportunistic data are valuable in terms of showing what can be discovered from analysis of ‘pre-installation’ ROV footage of O&G structures, of which there are terabytes of data held by O&G companies waiting to be analyzed by environmental scientists.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsz077
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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