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IERQC Monthly Webinar Series: Dreissena in Lake Ontario 30 Years Post-Invasion

October 27, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dreissena in Lake Ontario 30 years post-invasion, presented by Alexander Karatayev, PhD, SUNY Buffalo State College.

About the Presentation:  We examined three decades of changes in dreissenid populations in Lake Ontario and predation by round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Dreissenids (almost exclusively quagga mussels, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) peaked in 2003, 13 years after arrival, and then declined at depths <90 m but continued to increase deeper through 2018. Lake-wide density also increased from 2008 to 2018 along with average mussel lengths and lake-wide biomass, which reached an all-time high in 2018. Round goby densities should impact mussel populations based on feeding rates, as indicated in the literature. Although the size distributions indicate that round goby is affecting mussel recruitment, we did not find a decline in dreissenid density in the nearshore and mid-depth ranges where goby have been abundant since 2005. The lake-wide densities and biomass of quagga mussels have increased over time, due to both the growth of individual mussels in the shallower depths, and a continuing increase in density at >90 m. Thus, the ecological effects of quagga mussels in Lake Ontario are likely to continue into the foreseeable future.

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October 27, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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