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Main Title Disruption of the Primary Fouling Sequence on Fiber Glass-Reinforced Plastic Submerged in the Marine Environment.
Author Caron, D. A. ; Sieburth, J. M. ;
CORP Author Rhode Island Univ., Kingston. Graduate School of Oceanography.;Environmental Research Lab., Narragansett, RI.
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA-R-803902 ;EPA-R-806072; EPA-600/J-81-673;
Stock Number PB84-144583
Additional Subjects Estuaries ; Fiberglass reinforced plastics ; Fouling prevention ; Microorganisms ; Polymeric films ; Bacteria ; Reprints ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB84-144583 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 9p
Fiber glass-reinforced plastic immersed in an experimental estuarine mesocosm fouled at estimated rates of 0.5, 5.5, and 18.8 ng (wet weight) 1/sq mm day over days 0 to 2, 2 to 6, and 6 to 14, respectively. Protists, dominated by diatoms, which developed between days 3 and 6 and covered 90% of the undisturbed surface in 2 weeks, were effectively removed by twice-weekly brushing of the surface to maintain an immature 3-day bacterial film which covered 12% or less of the surface and had a biomass 3 orders of magnitude smaller than surfaces with 2 weeks' unrestricted fouling. Direct brushing of the fiber glass-reinforced plastic tank walls of experimental estuarine mesocosms minimized the 'wall effect' by keeping a surface that maintained a low biomass of a slowly accumulating bacterial film rather than a surface which supported the more rapid accumulation of protists which in turn may induce the settlement of invertebrates and macrophytes.