Annual production and phyto plankton studies within the barrier islands of virginia usa

Nesius, K.K.; Marshall, H.G.; Rutledge, C.K.

Virginia Journal of Science 34(4): 251-256


ISSN/ISBN: 0042-658X
Accession: 004752119

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Phytoplankton primary production rates were determined within the Barrier Islands complex of Virginia. The total production rates followed seasonal changes in water temperature. The production rates ranged from a low of approximately 1 mg Cm2 per h in Feb. to a high of 290 mg C/m2 per h in June. Total annual production rate was 178 g C/m2 per yr. The concentration of phytoplankton varied seasonally, but did not coincide directly to the periods of peak production.