THE APPLICATION OF A BPL INDEX IN THE POLISH PART OF THE VISTULA LAGOON
 
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Instytut Morski w Gdańsku, ul. Długi Targ 41/42, 80-830 Gdańsk
Publish date: 2015-01-18
 
Inż. Ekolog. 2015; 41:61–68
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This paper presents a biopollution assessment results with respect to macrozoobenthic non-indigenous species in the Polish part of the Vistula Lagoon. A biopollution level index (BPL) was applied and evaluated based on the studies on macrozoobenthos conducted in 2010 and 2012 within the frame of several individual projects. Overall 15 macrozoobenthic species were identified, 5 of which were aquatic alien species: Marenzelleria neglecta, Rhitropanopeus harrissi, Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Dreissena polymorpha and Rangia cuneata. According to the applied criteria the Vistula Lagoon was moderately influenced by invasive species.