Polychaete/amphipod ratio as an indicator of environmental impact related to offshore oil and gas production along the Norwegian continental shelf.

Abstract:

:Benthic faunal data is regularly collected worldwide to assess the ecological quality of marine environments. Recently, there has been renewed interest in developing biological indices able to identify environmental status and potential anthropogenic impacts. In this paper we evaluate the performance of a general polychaete/amphipod ratio along the Norwegian continental shelf as an environmental indicator for offshore oil and gas impacts. Two main trends are apparent: first, a contamination gradient is discernible from where production takes place compared to stations 10,000 m away. Second, the quality of the marine environment has improved over time. These results are consistent with monitoring reports employing a combination of uni- and multi-variate statistics. Thus, we consider this ratio as a relatively simple, useful and potentially cost-effective complement to other more demanding assessment techniques. Because of its strong theoretical basis, it may also be useful for detecting ecological change as a result of other activities.

journal_name

Mar Pollut Bull

authors

Andrade H,Renaud PE

doi

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.08.032

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-12-01 00:00:00

pages

2836-44

issue

12

eissn

0025-326X

issn

1879-3363

pii

S0025-326X(11)00456-5

journal_volume

62

pub_type

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