Variability in transport of fish eggs and larvae. II. Effects of hydrodynamics on the transport of Downs herring larvae

M. Dickey-Collas, L.J. Bolle, J.K.L. van Beek, P.L.A. Erftemeijer

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Abstract

A 10-layered, finite-volume advection-dispersion model with real-time meteorological and freshwater runoff drivers investigated the interannual differences in the transport of Downs herring Clupea harengus L. larvae in the southern North Sea. Simulations were carried out for the winters of 1989 and 1996 to 2003. As they grew, the concentrations of herring larvae developed vertical behaviour. Meteorological forcing transported Downs herring larvae to the nursery grounds in the eastern North Sea with large interannual differences. Diel vertical movement was relatively unimportant in the transport of larvae in the hydrographically mixed southern North Sea. Year classes with less transport of larvae from the hatching area (which was generally warmer) were associated with greater abundances of young Downs herring in the ICES International Bottom Trawl Survey. This implies that retention, rather than dispersal or delivery of larvae to nursery grounds, is associated with the determination of year class strength in Downs herring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-194
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Volume390
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • clupea-harengus larvae
  • north-sea
  • vertical movements
  • blackwater estuary
  • class strength
  • irish sea
  • atlantic
  • growth
  • behavior
  • environment

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