Seabirds and marine mammals redistribute bioavailable iron i
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TitleSeabirds and marine mammals redistribute bioavailable iron in the Southern OceanAbstractBiological vectors are important for redistribution of nutrients in many ecological systems. While availability of iron (Fe) to phyto - plankton limits pelagic productivity in the Southern Ocean, biomagnification within marine food webs can lead to high concentrations of Fe in the diet of seabirds and marine mammals. We investigated patterns in concentrations of the micronutrients Fe, Co, Zn and Mn, and the toxins Cd and As, in the guano of oceanic, coastal and predatory seabirds and in faeces of 2 species of marine mammals that congregate to breed in the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands. We found that much of the variability in concentrations of Fe, Co, Zn and Mn among species could be explained by foraging behaviour and by trophic position. We observed concentrations of Fe to be 8 orders of magnitude higher in the guano of predators and coastal foragers than in the sub-Antarctic mixed layer. High concentrations of As and Cd were associated with organic matter sources from macroalgae. Analyses of the molar ratio Fe:Al indicated that Fe within food webs supporting seabirds has likely been extensively recycled from its lithogenic source. Patterns in Fe:N among species indicated that Fe is concentrated 2 to 4 orders of magnitude in the guano of seabirds compared to limiting conditions for phytoplankton growth in sub-Antarctic waters. These data highlight the potential role of seabirds and marine mammals in the redistribution of micronutrients in the Southern Ocean and their likely role as key nutrient vectors in the ecosystem, particularly around the sub-Antarctic islands during the breeding season. â"' Inter-Research 2014.AcknowledgementsWe thank Will Rayment, Peter McClelland, Robert Van Hale, Bill Dickson, C. Lalas, Clive Hesseltine and Steve Little for valuable contributions to this research. Support was provided from New ZealandÅ› Department of Conservation, the University of Otago Research Committee and from the Royal Society of New ZealandÅ› Marsden Fund (UOO1008).
1st AuthorWing, S.AuthorWing, S.Jack, L.Shatova, O.Leichter, J.Barr, D.Frew, R.Gault-Ringold, M.Year2014JournalMarine Ecology Progress SeriesVolume510Pages1/13/17DOI10.3354/meps10923URLhttps://www.scopus.com/inward/recor.....745556a17b6b8479e41108e03Keywordsbioavailabilitybreeding seasondietfecesfood webforaging behaviorguanoironmarine mammalmixed layerorganic matterphytoplanktonseabird, Auckland IslandsSouthern Ocean, Mammalia, rank1Author KeywordsBiological vectorFeMicronutrientPrimary productivitySub-AntarcticTrophic position
TypeArticleCitationWing, S., Jack, L., Shatova, O., Leichter, J., Barr, D., Frew, R. and Gault-Ringold, M. (2014) Seabirds and marine mammals redistribute bioavailable iron in the Southern Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 510: 1-13 doi:10.3354/meps10923
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