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DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.160
Title (Primary) Tracing dissolved organic matter (DOM) from land-based aquaculture systems in North Patagonian streams
Author Nimptsch, J.; Woelfl, S.; Osorio, S.; Valenzuela, J.; Ebersbach, P.; von Tuempling, W.; Palma, R.; Encina, F.; Figueroa, D.; Kamjunke, N.; Graeber, D.
Journal Science of the Total Environment
Year 2015
Department FLOEK
Volume 537
Page From 129
Page To 138
Language englisch
Keywords Aquaculture; Organic contamination; Dissolved organic matter; Fluorescence spectroscopy; Fish farms
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Abstract Chile is the second largest producer of salmonids worldwide. The first step in the production of salmonids takes place in land-based aquacultures. However, the effects of the discharge from these aquacultures on stream dissolved organic matter (DOM) content, molecular composition and degradability are unknown. The aim of this study was thus to investigate the inputs of anthropogenic DOM from land-based aquaculture to the predominantly pristine river systems of North Patagonia. We hypothesized, that i) DOM exported from land-based aquaculture mainly consists of protein-like fluorescence (tyrosine and tryptophan) released from fish feces and food remains, and that ii) this DOM is highly degradable and therefore rapidly turned-over within the receiving streams. In the North Patagonian region we conducted a screening of ten land-based aquacultures and an intensive sampling campaign for one aquaculture. This was combined with longitudinal transects and a degradation experiment in order to couple the composition of DOM exported from land-based aquacultures to its degradability in streams. We measured dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration by high-temperature catalytic oxidation and DOM composition by fluorescence spectroscopy and parallel factor analysis. In the effluent of the ten screened aquacultures and in the repeated sampling of one aquaculture, we consistently found an increase of DOC concentrations and a dominance of protein-like fluorescence. The protein-like fluorescence rapidly disappeared downstream of the aquacultures, and in the degradation experiment. 21% of the DOC export from the repeatedly sampled aquaculture resulted from food addition and 76% from fish production. We conclude that large amounts of degradable DOM are exported from land-based aquacultures. This probably has strong effects on the ecological structure and function of North Patagonian streams, and similarly affected streams worldwide.
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Nimptsch, J., Woelfl, S., Osorio, S., Valenzuela, J., Ebersbach, P., von Tuempling, W., Palma, R., Encina, F., Figueroa, D., Kamjunke, N., Graeber, D. (2015):
Tracing dissolved organic matter (DOM) from land-based aquaculture systems in North Patagonian streams
Sci. Total Environ. 537 , 129 - 138