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The impact of estuaries upon the goby Pomatoschistus minitus

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Dutch title: Ecologisch belang van estuaria voor de mariene grondel Pomatoschistus minitus
Period: October 2002 till December 2002
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Estuaries; Habitats; Habitats
Taxonomic term: Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) [WoRMS]
Geographical term: ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]

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  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Departement Biologie; Afdeling Dierenecologie en -systematiek; Aquatische Ecologie en Evolutiebiologie, more, co-ordinator

This research aims to clarify the spatial and functional role of estuaries for juvenile marine fish. The question is raised which proportion of estuarine migrants contributes to the next cohort, compaired with their conspecific marine residents. Hereto fish have to be assigned to their respective habitats and exchange rates have to be determined. The Scheldt estuary-Southern Bight of the North Sea gradient is used as a model system and the targe fish species is the marine demersal sand goby (Pomatoschistus minutus; Gobiidae). Geochemical trace elements in otoliths (Sr/Ca will be used for the identification and the reconstruction of the individual life history (coupled with aging) of estuarine and marine residents in a spawning population of sand gobies. Quantification of the migrations dynamics between the marine spawning and the estuarine nursey grounds will be assessed using population dynamics and stable isotopes of fish tissues.

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