Secondary use of offshore wind farms - Settlement of juvenile European lobsters (Homarus gammarus)


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Isabel.Schmalenbach [ at ] awi.de

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The area and the underwater structures of offshore wind farms along the German coast could be potentially used secondary as artificial reefs for endangered hard-bottom species such as the European lobster (Homarus gammarus). A small lobster population is only present at the rocky subtidal of the island of Helgoland (North Sea, German Bight), which has declined dramatically below a critical density since the 1960s. Here, the results of a pilot project for restocking European lobster at Helgoland could be transferred to offshore areas to test if a successful settlement of hatchery-reared juvenile lobsters at wind turbine foundations is feasible and ensure the persistence of this species in the German Bight.



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IMARE-Conference "Marine Resources and Beyond" Bremerhaven, Germany, 05 Sep 2011 - 07 Sep 2011.
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Schmalenbach, I. and Krone, R. (2011): Secondary use of offshore wind farms - Settlement of juvenile European lobsters (Homarus gammarus) , IMARE-Conference "Marine Resources and Beyond" Bremerhaven, Germany, 5 September 2011 - 7 September 2011 .


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