Assessment of the phytoplankton and zooplankton populations in the Niagara River (Canada) area of concern in 2014: Fs97-6/3184E-PDF

"This report collects all available plankton community data for the Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC) designated requires further assessment for the Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI 13): “degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations”. The Niagara River connecting channel, though it joins well-studied Lake Erie and Lake Ontario is data-poor, with no active plankton sampling programs. A single season of sampling in 2014 took place monthly from June-Oct for water quality, zooplankton and phytoplankton composition and density. Oligotrophic conditions persisted throughout the season and plankton densities were extremely low, though this was expected in a high-flow system such as the Niagara River. The residence time for plankton in the Niagara River is only 11-28 hours, but could be much longer if plankton are entrained in the hydroelectric reservoirs. Given the results of this survey, no impairment of plankton populations is indicated"--Abstract, p. iv.

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Department/Agency Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Central and Arctic Region.
Title Assessment of the phytoplankton and zooplankton populations in the Niagara River (Canada) area of concern in 2014
Series Title Canadian technical report of fisheries and aquatic sciences,
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued by: Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Incorrect call number (Fs97-6/3184-PDF) printed in this publication.
Date 2016.
Number of Pages iv, 66 p. :
ISBN 978-0-660-06792-6
Catalogue Number
  • Fs97-6/3184E-PDF
Subject Terms Aquatic wildlife, Microorganisms, Animal populations, Rivers