Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 56–63 | Cite as

Growth and production of the bivalve Macoma balthica (Linnaeus, 1758) (Cardiida: Tellinidae) in the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea

  • A. A. Gusev
  • E. M. Jurgens-Markina
Production Biology


The growth and production of the Baltic clam Macoma balthica in the southeastern part of the Baltic Sea were studied. The shell length of M. balthica reached 23.5 mm, the maximum age was 13+ years. The linear growth was described by the von Bertalanffy equation for shallow-water area (depths 9–40 m): L τ = 23.99(1 − e −0.1293(τ − (−0.9578))), and for the deep-water area (41–81 m): L τ = 20.61(1 − e −0.1813(τ − (−0.5608))). The annual production was lower (25.35 ± 1.72 kJ/m2) in the shallow-water area than in the deep-water area (71.23 ± 4.48 kJ/m2), with values of P s /B ratio 0.44 and 0.38, respectively.


Macoma balthica growth production Baltic Sea. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atlantic Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and OceanographyKaliningradRussia
  2. 2.Shallow-water Marine Survey Group, Falkland Islands Government Fisheries DepartmentFIQQ 1ZZStanleyFalkland Islands

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