BIOFOULING STUDIES OFF PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA. I.
Technical rept., Jun 65-May 66.
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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This report presents partial results of a study of biofouling conducted offshore at Panama City, Florida. The data presented were derived from a fouling station established 25 miles offshore in a water depth of 46m. Two arrays of plastic floats were installed at this station, at depths of 4, 10, 17, 29, and 44m. One array was unprotected the test floats of the other were protected with an organotin compound. Floats were photographed, harvested, and new ones installed at intervals of 1, 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. Data are presented on the nature of the accumulations on both arrays after field photographic, and laboratory analyses. Differences in the accumulations are accounted for through the influences of temperature, salinity, and organotin. The influences of distance from shore, depth, and season upon temperature and salinity are also evaluated. The results from this station will be compared with data derived from concomitant stations 11 miles and 2 miles offshore at Panama City. Author
- Biological Oceanography