Larval Fish Community in the Northwestern Iberian Upwelling System during the Summer Period

Sonia Rábade Uberos, Alba Ruth Vergara Castaño, Rosario Domínguez-Petit, Fran Saborido-Rey
2021 Oceans  
The Galician shelf (northwestern Iberian Peninsula) is a highly dynamic area with an important multi-species fisheries industry that exploits resources from several habitats, characterized by being not only highly diverse, rich, and productive but also seasonally and interannually variable. Early life stages of different species are distributed throughout the year, with fluctuating abundances and community composition. Likewise, the influence of environmental factors and processes on larval
more » ... uction and survival remains unknown. Sampling was carried out in July 2012, and all the larvae obtained were identified to establish the specific composition of the community in a summer upwelling scenario. The results show no zonation in the species distribution, a consequence of the mixing effects of the upwelling and eddies, with high diversity but low abundance, which render in a slight predominance of a few species. Due to the dependence of planktonic populations on upwelling events, which was not highly pronounced in 2012, we cannot conclude that this was a typical conformation of the Galician summer larval fish community, but it is a first approach to comprehend the community composition.
doi:10.3390/oceans2040040 fatcat:2jbs3f3ional7htdlu2dfdc7aq