Production, Grazing and Sedimentation in the Norwegian Coastal Current

  • Rolf Peinert
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 7)


The relationship between pelagic system structure and sedimentation was studied during spring and summer in the Norwegian Coastal Current off the Lofoten Islands. Sed imentation was monitored directly with free drifting sediment traps and indirectly on the basis of a nutrient budget. The seasonality of processes leading to a loss by sinking or retention by recycling of essential elements in the pelagic system is discussed: Direct sed imentation of phy toplankton cells and phytodetritus following nutrient depletion impoverishes the pelagic system during spring when the food web is poorly developed. Copepod grazing retains essential elements, as faecal pellets are apparently recycled. Rapidly sinking euphausiid faeces, however, dominate sed imentation during summer. By inducing patchiness in spring and providing new nutrients during summer, the Norwegian Coastal Current will be well suited to exploitation by large, motile grazers such as euphausiids.


Dissolve Organic Nitrogen Faecal Pellet Sediment Trap Standing Stock Spring Bloom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Peinert
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  1. 1.Institut für MeereskundeKiel 1Germany

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