Analysis of the Plankton in the Area around the Cape Maslen Nos, Bulgaria: Possibilities for Cultivation of Mediterranean Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis)
Galin Y. Nikolov1, Alexander P. Atanasov2, Dian M. Georgiev3, Evgeni G. Raichev3
1 - National Agency of Fishery and Aquaculture, Sofia, 1606, Bulgaria
2 - Trakia University, Faculty of Veterinary medicine, Stara Zagora, 6000, Bulgaria
3 - Trakia University, Faculty of Agriculture, Stara Zagora, 6000, Bulgaria
Abstract. The aim of the study was to establish the species taxonomic composition and the quantitative characteristics of plankton in the Cape Maslen Nos area. Representatives of the Protozoa, Rotatoria, Annelida, Mollusca and Arthropoda predominated in the composition structure of zooplankton whereas members of Bacillariophyta, Chrysophyta, Dinophyta, Cyanophyta, Euglenophyta in that of phytoplankton. The comparative analysis of phytoplankton data shows that the highest mean biomass values were 24.76 – 33.33 g/m3 and mean biomass values of zooplankton – 51.43 g/m3.
Key words: plankton, cultivation, Maslen Nos, Mytilus galloprovincialis, Bulgaria.