American Journal of Applied Sciences

Fluctuations of Phytoplankton Community in the Coastal Waters of Caspian Sea in 2006

Siamak Bagheri, Mashhor Mansor, Marzieh Makaremi, Jalil Sabkara, W.O. Wan Maznah, Alireza Mirzajani, Seyed Hojat Khodaparast, Hossein Negarestan, Azemat Ghandi and Akbar Khalilpour

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2011.1328.1336

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 8, Issue 12

Pages 1328-1336

Abstract

Problem statement: The Caspian Sea ecosystem has been suffered with many problems since 1980s. Aanthropogenic pollution from heavy metals, hydrocarbons, pesticides, changes in the quantity of nutrient inputs by rivers, are significant threats to biodiversity and biological resources such as plankton structure in the Caspian Sea. According to the significant of phytoplankton community in marine system. The state of the fluctuations of phytoplankton communities of the southwestern Caspian Sea was investigated and compared with the findings of before 2006. Approach: Phytoplankton abundance and species composition of the Caspian Sea were evaluated by using samples collected at 12 stations along three transects. Samplings were conducted seasonal in 2006 at 5, 10, 20 and 50 m depth were fixed for each transect in the southwestern Caspian Sea. Results: A total of 39 species phytoplankton species were distinguished during 2006, the annual phytoplankton abundance were calculated as 57, 300±15,550 cells.l-1, which ranged from 89, 250±35, 062 cells.l-1 in September to 16, 200±6,664 cells.l-1 in February. The diatoms formed more than half of the total abundance (61%) while cyanophytes were the second important group in view of contribution to total phytoplankton (26%) in 2006. The study showed that diatoms Thalassionema nitzschioides, Cyclotella meneghiniana and cyanophyte Osillatoria sp. numerically dominated in this area. Conclusion: The study revealed that diatoms were higher than other groups of phytoplankton in 2006. The hydrology variation, increased fresh water inflow via rivers and a rise in nutrients concentrations have played important roles in blooming of phytoplankton species, e.g., the diatoms in this study, which is also known from other marines. Similar studies on determination of the effects of environmental degradation on phytoplankton and hydrological processes should be taken into account in near future.

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© 2011 Siamak Bagheri, Mashhor Mansor, Marzieh Makaremi, Jalil Sabkara, W.O. Wan Maznah, Alireza Mirzajani, Seyed Hojat Khodaparast, Hossein Negarestan, Azemat Ghandi and Akbar Khalilpour. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.