Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 341–349 | Cite as

The Distribution of Chlorophyll a in the Bottom Sediments of Aniva Bay (Sea of Okhotsk)

  • T. G. KorenevaEmail author
  • L. E. SigarevaEmail author


This paper reports the first data on the content of plant pigments in the upper bottom sediment layer of Aniva Bay (Sea of Okhotsk) located in the temperate-monsoon climatic zone. A positive relationship was found between the concentration of sedimentary chlorophyll a and its total content in the water column, which reflects a prevalent role of phytoplankton in the formation of the sedimentary pigment complex. A significant variability of the spatial distribution of the pigments in the bay is shown to be caused by the hydrological–hydrochemical parameters and characteristics of the bottom sediments. The contents of chlorophyll a and phaeopigments in sediments showed values of the oligotrophic category and averaged 6.5 ± 0.7 μg/g of dry sediment or 0.47 ± 0.06 mg/g of organic matter.


plant pigments bottom sediments Aniva Bay 



The authors are grateful to the staff of the Environmental Research and Anthropogenic Impact Monitoring Department of the Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography for collecting and primary processing of the samples, as well as personally to E.M. Latkovskaya for arrangement of the expedition activities.


This study was performed under a research cooperation agreement between the Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of Sciences, and Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography.


The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. This article does not contain any studies involving animals or human participants performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sakhalin Research Institute of Fisheries and OceanographyYuzhno-SakhalinskRussia
  2. 2.Papanin Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of SciencesBorokRussia

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