Original Articles

ZOOPLANKTON OF THE MHLATHUZE (RICHARDS BAY) ESTUARY: AN OVERVIEW, WITH COMMENTS ON FRESHWATER REQUIREMENTS

Published in: Southern African Journal of Aquatic Sciences
Volume 24, issue 1-2, 1998 , pages: 141–147
DOI: 10.1080/10183469.1998.9631419
Author(s): H.L. JerlingCoastal Research Unit of Zululand, Department of Zoology, South Africa

Abstract

The Mhlathuze estuary in its present form was established during construction of the Richards Bay harbour during the early 1970s. This paper summarises available data on the zooplankton community as part of a study on the freshwater requirements of the estuary. The zooplankton community indicates a strong marine influence. The large tidal exchange prevents the establishment of a stable estuarine zooplankton community. The possible influences of changes in freshwater input are discussed.

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