Hyperbenthic communities of beaches: structure and interaction with demersal fish and epibenthic macro-Crustacea
Dutch title: De hyperbenthische gemeenschappen van stranden: structuur en interactie met demersale vissen en epibenthische macro-Crustacea Reference no: 951393 en 953393 Period: 1995 till 1999 Status: Completed
Thesaurus terms: Benthos; Crustaceans (marine); Population dynamics
Geographical terms: ANE, Belgium, Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) [Marine Regions]; ANE, North Sea, Southern Bight [Marine Regions]
Flemish Government; Economy, Science and Innovation; Intistute for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), sponsor
The spatial and temporal paterns of the hyperbenthos of the intertidal and very shallow subtidal areas of the Belgian beaches, as well as the population dynamics of the dominant hyperbenthic species, will be investigated. Baseline data will become available for the calculation of energy fluxes to higher trophic lelvels (mainly demersal fish and macrocrustaceans). Finally, the importance of beaches as nursery areas for larval and early postlarval (hyperbenthos) and 0+ demersal fish and epibenthic macrocrustaceans (epibenthos) will be estimated.