Articles | Volume 6, issue 11
Biogeosciences, 6, 2561–2573, 2009

Special issue: The ocean in the high-CO2 world II

Biogeosciences, 6, 2561–2573, 2009

  16 Nov 2009

16 Nov 2009

Effects of increased pCO2 and temperature on trace element (Ag, Cd and Zn) bioaccumulation in the eggs of the common cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis

T. Lacoue-Labarthe2,1,*, S. Martin1, F. Oberhänsli2, J.-L. Teyssié1, S. Markich3, R. Jeffree1, and P. Bustamante2 T. Lacoue-Labarthe et al.
  • 1Littoral Environnement et Sociétés (LIENSs), UMR 6250, CNRS-Université de La Rochelle, 2 rue Olympe de Gouges, 17042 La Rochelle Cedex 01, France
  • 2International Atomic Energy Agency – Marine Environment Laboratories, 4 Quai Antoine Ier, MC 98 000 Principality of Monaco
  • 3Aquatic Solutions International, Level 1, 467 Miller St, Cammeray, NSW 2062, Australia
  • *now at: LOV, UMR 7093 CNRS, BP28, 06234, Villefranche-sur-mer Cedex, France

Abstract. Cephalopods play a key role in many marine trophic networks and constitute alternative fisheries resources, especially given the ongoing decline in finfish stocks. Along the European coast, the eggs of the cuttlefish Sepia officinalis are characterized by an increasing permeability of the eggshell during development, which leads to selective accumulation of essential and non-essential elements in the embryo. Temperature and pH are two critical factors that affect the metabolism of marine organisms in the coastal shallow waters. In this study, we investigated the effects of pH and temperature through a crossed (3×2; pH 8.1 (pCO2, 400 ppm), 7.85 (900 ppm) and 7.6 (1400 ppm) at 16 and 19°C, respectively) laboratory experiment. Seawater pH showed a strong effect on the egg weight and non-significant impact on the weight of hatchlings at the end of development implying an egg swelling process and embryo growth disturbances. The lower the seawater pH, the more 110 mAg was accumulated in the tissues of hatchlings. The 109Cd concentration factor (CF) decreased with decreasing pH and 65Zn CF reached maximal values pH 7.85, independently of temperature. Our results suggest that pH and temperature affected both the permeability properties of the eggshell and embryonic metabolism. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the first studies on the consequences of ocean acidification and ocean warming on metal uptake in marine organisms, and our results indicate the need to further evaluate the likely ecotoxicological impact of the global change on the early-life stages of the cuttlefish.

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