Publication details.

Paper

Year:2015
Author(s):A. Ospina-Álvarez, I.A. Catalán, M. Bernal, D. Roos, I. Palomera
Title:From egg production to recruits: Connectivity and inter-annual variability in the recruitment patterns of European anchovy in the northwestern Mediterranean
Journal:PROGRESS IN OCEANOGRAPHY
ISSN:0079-6611
JCR Impact Factor:3.512
Volume:138
Pages:431-447
D.O.I.:10.1016/j.pocean.2015.01.011
Web:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0079661115000221
Abstract:We show the application of a Spatially-Explicit Individual-Based Model (SEIBM) to understand the recruitment process of European anchovy. The SEIBM is applied to simulate the effects of inter-annual variability in parental population spawning behavior and intensity, and ocean dynamics, on the dispersal of eggs and larvae from the spawning area in the Gulf of Lions (GoL) towards the coastal nursery areas in the GoL and Catalan Sea (northwestern Mediterranean Sea). For each of seven years (2003–2009), we initialize the SEIBM with the real positions of anchovy eggs during the spawning peak, from an acoustics-derived eggs production model. We analyze the effect of spawners’ distribution, timing of spawning, and oceanographic conditions on the connectivity patterns, growth, dispersal distance and late-larval recruitment (14mm larva recruits, R14) patterns. The area of influence of the Rhône river plume was identified as having a high probability of larval recruitment success (64%), but up to 36% of R14 larvae end up in the Catalan Coast. We demonstrate that the spatial paths of larvae differ dramatically from year to year, and suggest potential offshore nursery grounds. We showed that our simulations are coherent with existing recruitment proxies and therefore open new possibilities for fisheries management.

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  • Ignacio A. Catalán Alemany
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  • PERSEUS CTA 172
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