The mussel length & bed depth dataset is a component of the Hakai Institute’s Nearshore research and monitoring program, designed to capture change in rocky intertidal habitats. The overarching objective of Hakai Nearshore research is to investigate the role of habitats and their associated communities, in the face of stress and disturbances from global climate change and local coastal perturbations.
The size structure and bed depth of mussel beds (Mytilus californianus) was surveyed at three sites along the northwestern coast of Calvert Island on the central coast of BC. All three sites were exposed rocky shores with large contiguous beds of M. californianus in the intertidal. The beds were surveyed using quadrats placed at five plot locations, replicated through time. Within each plot, mussel length and bed depth were measured in five sublots placed at set locations. The sites were generally surveyed on a monthly basis from April to September, with winter surveys in November and February.
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