spatfall

spatfall

(ˈspætˌfɔːl)
n
(Biology) a mass of larvae on the sea bed
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Last year stocks were low resulting in the start of the season being delayed by two months at which point a vast spatfall appeared, meaning there is a large number of young cockles available now.
The lipid content, spatfall and subsequent growth of early and late settling hatchery-reared Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas Thunberg, larvae.
Spatfall of pearl oyster, Pteria sterna (Gould), on experimental collectors at bahia de La Paz, South Baja California, Mexico.
The Sydney rock oyster industry in NSW and Queensland is wholly dependent on natural spatfall, which has always been abundant and reliable (Nell, 1993; Beattie, 2001).
This is especially true for mussels occurring in soft-bottom environments where settling on the sandy or muddy substratum itself occurs only under very high spatfall densities (Bertness and Grosholz 1985, McGrorty et al.
Each of these consequences may result in lower spatfall or recruitment into the fishery following periods of sustained high freshwater discharge.
Effect of immersion time of cultch on spatfall of the scallop Argopecten purpuratus (Lamarck 1819) in the marine reserve at La Riconada, Antofagasta, Aquacul.
On the basis of our prior assessments of oyster spatfall, the Suwannee Sound area does not appear to be limited by available oyster larvae, many of which probably come from inshore populations of oysters that are more buffered from the effects of freshwater discharge (P.