Irish Moss Harvesting along the Shore of Western Cape Cod Bay
Irish moss, chondrus crispus, harvesting has been carried out along the shores of western Cape Cod Bay for many years. Surveys were undertaken to determine whether release of a heated cooling water discharge from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station might affect this commercially valuable red macroalga. Harvesting procedures are described, and comparisons made between surveillance and reference areas and preoperational and operational study years. In general, it appeared that natural fluctuations in moss abundance were sufficiently large that any minor changes possibly attributable to power plant operation were undetectable.
KeywordsHarvest Rate National Marine Fishery White Horse Power Plant Operation Benthic Marine Alga
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