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CHONe: Spatial and temporal patterns of decapod larvae in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
Citation
Sorochan K.A., Quijon P. 2014. CHONe Project PC-02: Spatial and temporal patterns of decapod larvae in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia.
Contact: Quijon, Pedro

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Description
Despite being one of the most productive coastal ecosystems in Canada, and an important nursery ground for numerous commercially valuable species, very little is known about connectivity patterns in the Strait of Georgia. The primary objective of this project is to quantify the community composition and distribution of larval fish and larval decapods (e.g. crabs) in the Strait. more

Using a combination of field work and a 3D coupled physical-biological model, the research explores whether (i) larvae are distributed randomly within the Strait, or whether (ii) there exist clear “hotspots” for larval production and/or predictable transport corridors. Determining these dispersal patterns is an important step in developing future conservation strategies, and in the effective design and placement of envisioned marine protected areas. Comparing contemporary field data with historical data collected by DFO in the 1960s and 1980s, allows examining whether there have been any shifts in the species composition of these communities. This dataset was collected for a MSc thesis.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Fish, Biology > Zooplankton
Keywords:
Marine, INE, Canada, British Columbia, Strait of Georgia, Decapoda, Pisces

Geographical coverage
INE, Canada, British Columbia, Strait of Georgia [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
25 April 2009 - 29 June 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Decapoda [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
Dalhousie University; Department of Oceanography, moredata creator University of Prince Edward Island; Department of Biology, moredata creator

Related datasets
Published in:
OBIS-Canada: Canadian Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-04-21
Information last updated: 2015-04-22
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