Plankton Database

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To understand the entire ecosystem we need to better understand the plankton. The Plankton consist of microscopic plants ("phytoplankton") and animals ("zooplankton"). On the smaller end of the spectrum exist bacteria ("bacterioplankton") and viruses ("virioplankton"). Plankton also consist of the early life stages of much larger organisms, such as fish eggs and larvae ("ichthyoplankton"), which are both part of and dependant on the plankton itself. Photosynthesis by the phytoplankton accounts for up to half of global primary production. They also provide the primary food source for the zooplankton, and together form the base of the oceanic food chain. Larger and larger zooplankton, fish, and mammals depend on these plankton for their survival. Tying it all together, the bacterioplankton play an important role in the recycling and remineralization of materials and energy within the food chain. Numerous studies have shown a strong relationship between larval fish survival and the timing and production of their food (i.e., plankton). The timing and production of plankton are in turn directly dependent on water temperature and nutrient availability (which is indirectly controlled by temperature-driven circulation patterns). Changes in climate can affect the timing of the seasonal plankton blooms, with effects that pass up the food chain. Longer term changes in climate may even change the plankton species composition, changing the feeding environment of the larval fish. (Courtesy of http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/plankton)

Date Location Student / Group Organism Type Taxa Count Biovolume (mL) Tow Volume(L) Plankton Density(mL/L) Total % Total Photo Note: Edit
09/19/2013 - 14:45 Mokauea Taylor J, Alexis F, Vina Q Crustacean Copepod 11 2 264937.5 0.000007549 100 11 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/19/2013 - 14:45 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Molluscs Pteropod 3 2 264937.5 0.000007549 100 3 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/28/2013 - 10:15 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Crustacean Copepod 5 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 5 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7m
09/28/2013 - 10:15 Mokauea Taylor J, Alexis F, Vina Q Crustacean Euphausid 1 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 1 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/28/2013 - 10:15 Mokauea Taylor J, Alexis F, Vina Q Crustacean Shrimp larvae 16 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 16 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/28/2013 - 10:15 Mokauea Taylor J, Alexis F, Vina Q Crustacean Lobster (larvae) 3 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 3 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/28/2013 - 10:15 Mokauea Taylor J, Alexis F, Vina Q Worms Polychaete worm 2 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 2 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/28/2013 - 10:15 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Worms Chaetognath 1 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 1 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
09/28/2013 - 10:45 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Other Other 4 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 4 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m (other = reef fish)
11/19/2013 - 13:15 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Protists Foraminifera 1 2 264937.5 0.000007549 100 1 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
11/19/2013 - 13:30 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Other Other 43 3 264937.5 0.000011323 100 43 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m (other = oyster)
11/19/2013 - 14:45 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Fish Fish egg 48 2 264937.5 0.000007549 100 48% ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m
11/19/2013 - 14:45 Mokauea Vina Q, Alexis F, Taylor J Other Other 37 2 264937.5 0.000007549 100 37% ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m (other = diatoms)
11/19/2013 - 14:45 Mokauea Taylor J, Alexis F, Vina Q Other Other 3 2 264937.5 0.000007549 100 3 ND=30cm, NM=80 um, TD=375m, and RL=7 m (other = Synedra)
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