Publication details.


Author(s):I.A. Catalán, P. Reglero, I. Álvarez
Title:Research on early life stages of fish: a lively field
JCR Impact Factor:2.824
Abstract:The first weeks in life are crucial for the fate of fish. During this period, fish show
large dispersal rates and suffer from massive mortality due mainly to predation. Intrinsic and
extrinsic processes (growth rates, advection, behavior, diseases) affect this mortality and have
profound consequences on populations. For a century now, describing the distribution, physiology
and dynamics of fish early life phases has been the focus of intense research, building a solid
community of scientists that met at the 43rd Annual Larval Fish Conference, held in Palma, Spain,
21 –24 May 2019. The present Theme Section consists of 19 papers that are a sample of the
research presented at the conference. The papers are organized around 5 main topics: (1) mortality
estimation and process understanding, (2) parental effects on larval fish ecology, (3) larval settlement
to juvenile grounds, (4) early life stages of fish within food webs, and (5) contribution of
early life stages of fish to assessment and management. Contributions to this Theme Section focus
on hot topics as well as old paradigms; the latter continue to elicit much research work, which has
benefited from recent advances in technology.

Related staff

  • Itziar Alvarez Ellacuria
  • Ignacio A. Catalán Alemany
  • Related departments

  • Administration
  • Marine Ecology