Coastal Fauna: Suspension feeders abundance and size (MLPA)

Suspension feeders play an important role in ecosystems, converting phytoplankton to biomass and, as prey, providing energy available to higher trophic levels. Presence of sand crabs indicates a beach with sufficient nutrient inputs and size of the beach populations may be related to near-shore richness. Sand crab populations are generally robust and may vary with climatic and oceanographic conditions. Razor clams are one of thelongest-lived organisms in the sandy intertidal so they may integrate ecosystem conditions over long time-frames. <p> Focal species: sand crabs and razor clams