volume 44, issue 6, P2079-2084 2010
DOI: 10.1021/es903073h
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Daniel J. Mayor, Alain F. Zuur, Martin Solan, Graeme I. Paton, Ken Killham

Abstract: The factors affecting patterns of benthic [seabed] biology and chemistry around 50 Scottish fish farms were investigated using linear mixed-effects models that account for inherent correlations between observations from the same farm. The abundance of benthic macrofauna and sediment concentrations of organic carbon were both influenced by a significant, albeit weak, interaction between farm size, defined as the maximum weight of fish permitted on site at any one time, and current speed. Above a farm size thres…

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