The rise and fall of the NE Atlantic blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou)

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Author(s) Payne, Mark R., Egan, Afra, Fässler, Sascha M.M., Hátún, Hjálmar, Holst, Jens Christian, Jacobsen, Jan Arge, Slotte, Aril, Loeng, Harald
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Title The rise and fall of the NE Atlantic blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou)
Author(s) Payne, Mark R.
Egan, Afra
Fässler, Sascha M.M.
Hátún, Hjálmar
Holst, Jens Christian
Jacobsen, Jan Arge
Slotte, Aril
Loeng, Harald
Journal or Series Title Marine biology research
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 5-6
Start Page 475
End Page 487
ISSN 1745-1000
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Publication Place Abingdon
Publication Date 2012-04
Keyword(s) Blue whiting
Recruitment forecasting
Sub-polar gyre
Physical-biological interactions
Abstract The Northeast Atlantic blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou) stock has undergone striking changes in abundance in the last 15 years. The stock increased dramatically in the late 1990s due to a succession of eight unusually strong year classes and dropped again equally dramatically after 2005 when the recruitment collapsed to former levels. The North Atlantic subpolar gyre has previously been shown to have a strong influence on the behaviour of this stock: synchronous changes in the gyre and recruitment suggest a causal linkage and the possibility of forecasting recruitment. A range of mechanisms are reviewed that may explain these observed changes, with two major candidate hypotheses being identified. One hypothesis suggests that the large mackerel (Scomber scombrus) stock in this region may feed on the pre-recruits of blue whiting, with the spatial overlap between blue whiting and mackerel being regulated by the subpolar gyre. Alternatively, variations in the physical environment may have given rise to changes in the amount, type and availability of food for larvae and juveniles, impacting their growth and survival and therefore recruitment. It was not possible to draw firm conclusions about the validity of either of these hypotheses: nevertheless, forecasting recruitment to this stock may be possible in the future if the underlying mechanisms can be resolved.
DOI 10.1080/17451000.2011.639778
Additional Notes Accepted 18 February 2011, Published online 25 April 2012
Document Type Article
Publication Status Published
Language English
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  title = "{T}he rise and fall of the {N}{E} {A}tlantic blue whiting ({M}icromesistius poutassou)",
  journal = "Marine biology research",
  year = 2012,
  volume = "8",
  number = "5-6",
  pages = "475--487",
  month = apr,

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