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On the population dynamics of dab, sole and flounder within Bridgwater Bay in the Lower Severn estuary, England
Henderson, P.A.; Holmes, R.H.A. (1991). On the population dynamics of dab, sole and flounder within Bridgwater Bay in the Lower Severn estuary, England. Neth. J. Sea Res. 27(3-4): 337-344
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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    Brackish water

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  • Henderson, P.A.
  • Holmes, R.H.A.

Abstract
    A ten year study of the population dynamics of the flatfish dab Limanda limanda, sole Solea solea and flounder Platichthys flesus was undertaken within Bridgwater bay in the Bristol Channel, England. Fish abundance was estimated from the rate of capture on power station intake filter screens at Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station. The Bay was used as an 0-group nursery by all three species while flounder were alone in regularly using the area as adults. Using the coefficient of variation (CV) in annual catch as a measure of population stability these three flatfish were found to have some of the most stable populations within a fish community of 21 common species. When these species were classified according to their use of space as benthic, proximo-benthic or pelagic it was found that the benthic fish had the lowest CV values. It is argued that this stability is linked to their use of space. A notable feature was the differing seasonal occupancy of the Bay by the benthic fish which would act to reduce potential inter-specific competition. This suggests that spatial competition could only be intra-specific or against invertebrates. A search was made for biotic or physical factors correlated with year class abundance in the flatfish. The only significant correlation found was for sole, the abundance of which increased with increasing water temperature.

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