Characterization of plankton from the Galveston estuary
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The purpose of this report is to summarize the published studies on phytoplankton and zooplankton in the Galveston Estuary. Before this project had begun, it was determined that there was insufficient long term data on plankton in the Galveston Estuary to attempt trend analysis. Information on phytoplankton species diversity, biomass and primary production, along with information on zooplankton species diversity and abundance, is summarized. This information is compared to similar data on other Texas and United States estuaries where available. Recommendations for a long term monitoring program are made. A bibliography of all Galveston Estuary plankton studies and an annotated bibliography of the major studies and publications are available in the GBNEP Information Center.