The Chrysochromulina polylepis Bloom in Scandinavian Waters During Spring 1988

  • Einar Dahl
  • Odd Lindahl
  • Eystein Paasche
  • Jahn Throndsen
Part of the Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 35)


The Kattegat-Skagerrak area (Fig. 1), the eastward extension of the North Sea which is bordered by Denmark, Norway and Sweden, was the scene of an unusual algal bloom in May and June, 1988. The organism responsible was the Prymnesiophycean flagellate Chrysochromulina polylepis. The bloom, which covered an area of approximately 60,000 square kilometres, was exceptional in several ways. Previous mass occurrences of this species were not on record, and no other species of Chrysochromulina had until then occurred in bloom proportions except very locally. The C. polylepis bloom turned out to have unexpected toxic properties, doing harm to trout and salmon farms in coastal inlets as well as to a wide selection of organisms in the natural habitat.


German Bight Brown Tide Prorocentrum Minimum Swedish West Coast Norwegian Coastal Current 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Einar Dahl
    • 1
  • Odd Lindahl
    • 2
  • Eystein Paasche
    • 3
  • Jahn Throndsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Flødevigen Biological StationArendalNorway
  2. 2.Kristineberg Marine Biological StationFiskebäckskilSweden
  3. 3.Department of Biology, Marine Botany SectionUniversity of OsloBlindernOslo 3Norway

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