Comment on Stadmark and Conley (2011) "Mussel farming as a nutrient reduction measure in the Baltic Sea: Consideration of nutrient biogeochemical cycles"

NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory, Milford, CT, USA.
Marine Pollution Bulletin (Impact Factor: 2.99). 12/2011; 64(2):449-51; author reply 455-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.11.024
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    • "McVey et al. (2002) pointed out the importance of the balanced ecosystem management and suggested that polyculture (now referred to as Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture , or IMTA) can help restore ecosystem function. The ecosystem service performed by seaweeds, extraction of inorganic nutrients, is now referred to as nutrient bioextraction (Galimany et al., 2013; Rose et al., 2012; Tedesco et al., 2014). IMTA and nutrient bioextraction have recently received much attention by federal/state governments and agencies , ENGOs, and the public (Rose et al., 2010; U.S. EPA, 2013). "
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    ABSTRACT: Nutrient bioextraction using Gracilaria tikvahiae McLachlan was tested at two sites: one off Fairfield, CT (LIS), and the other at the mouth of the Bronx River Estuary (BRE), during the summer and fall of 2011 and 2012. The estimates of nitrogen (N) removal by Gracilaria over a 90-day growing season were up to 28 and 94 kg N ha−1 at the LIS and BRE sites, respectively. In July 2012, Gracilaria grewup to 16.5% day−1 at BRE and 4.8% day−1 at the LIS site. Tissue N contents at the same periods were 3.7% (BRE) and 1.5% (LIS), respectively. These results demonstrate rapid assimilation of nutrients fueling the growth of new Gracilaria tissue at the BRE site, while nutrients appeared to limit growth at the LIS site during the summer months. The estimated C removal by Gracilaria at the BRE and LIS sites were up to 300 kg ha−1 (LIS) and 727 kg ha−1 (BRE), respectively. The potential economic values of N and C sequestration for the period examined in this study were as high as $311 (LIS) and $940 ha−1 (BRE) for N, and $5.51 (LIS) and $13.32 ha−1 (BRE) for C if seaweed aquaculture would be included in Connecticut's Nitrogen Trading Program. This represents a potential additional economic incentive for seaweed growers, beyond the direct value of seaweed products. The findings in this study showed that seaweed (Gracilaria) aquaculture can be a useful technique for nutrient bioextraction in urbanized coastal waters, such as the estuaries of New York City (BRE) and Long Island Sound.
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    • "In contrast, extremely high rates of biodeposition in long-line mussel farms reduce oxygen availability and nitrification activity in the underlying sediments (Nizzoli et al., 2005, 2006b; Carlsson et al., 2010). Fixed nitrogen removal from aquatic ecosystems via natural bivalve reefs or mussel farming is also achieved by harvesting the biomass (Newell et al., 2005, Higgins et al., 2011; Stadmark and Conley, 2011; Rose et al., 2012; Carmichael et al., 2012; Kellogg et al., 2013) or through predation by waterfowl (Hamilton et al., 1994). "
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    ABSTRACT: Invertebrate animals that live at the bottom of aquatic ecosystems (i.e., benthic macrofauna) are important mediators between nutrients in the water column and microbes in the benthos. The presence of benthic macrofauna stimulates microbial nutrient dynamics through different types of animal–microbe interactions, which potentially affect the trophic status of aquatic ecosystems. This review contrasts three types of animal–microbe interactions in the benthos of aquatic ecosystems: (i) ecosystem engineering, (ii) grazing, and (iii) symbiosis. Their specific contributions to the turnover of fixed nitrogen (mainly nitrate and ammonium) and the emission of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide are evaluated. Published data indicate that ecosystem engineering by sediment-burrowing macrofauna stimulates benthic nitrification and denitrification, which together allows fixed nitrogen removal. However, the release of ammonium from sediments is enhanced more strongly than the sedimentary uptake of nitrate. Ecosystem engineering by reef-building macrofauna increases nitrogen retention and ammonium concentrations in shallow aquatic ecosystems, but allows organic nitrogen removal through harvesting. Grazing by macrofauna on benthic microbes apparently has small or neutral effects on nitrogen cycling. Animal–microbe symbioses provide abundant and distinct benthic compartments for a multitude of nitrogen-cycle pathways. Recent studies reveal that ecosystem engineering, grazing, and symbioses of benthic macrofauna significantly enhance nitrous oxide emission from shallow aquatic ecosystems. The beneficial effect of benthic macrofauna on fixed nitrogen removal through coupled nitrification–denitrification can thus be offset by the concurrent release of (i) ammonium that stimulates aquatic primary production and (ii) nitrous oxide that contributes to global warming. Overall, benthic macrofauna intensifies the coupling between benthos, pelagial, and atmosphere through enhanced turnover and transport of nitrogen.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2013 · Biogeosciences
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    • "This can be considered as an environmental service provided by aquaculture, although at local scales high densities of extractive species can also affect ecosystem functioning. Some research groups consider changes to the environment induced by high density cultures of molluscs unsustainable (Stadmark & Conley 2011), while others think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages (Rose et al. 2012). However, combining all environments – fresh, brackish and marine – aquaculture nutrient inputs outweigh extracted nutrients. "
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