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Historical spatiotemporal dynamics of eastern North Sea cod
Bartolino, V.; Cardinale, M.; Svedäng, H.; Linderholm, H.W.; Casini, M.; Grimwall, A. (2012). Historical spatiotemporal dynamics of eastern North Sea cod. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 69(5): 833-841. https://dx.doi.org/10.1139/F2012-028
In: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences = Journal canadien des sciences halieutiques et aquatiques. National Research Council Canada: Ottawa. ISSN 0706-652X; e-ISSN 1205-7533, more
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Keywords
    20th century
    Fish stocks
    Population characteristics > Biomass
    Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]
    ANE, Kattegat [Marine Regions]; ANE, Skagerrak [Marine Regions]
    Marine/Coastal

Authors  Top 
  • Bartolino, V.
  • Cardinale, M.
  • Svedäng, H.
  • Linderholm, H.W.
  • Casini, M.
  • Grimwall, A.

Abstract
    Recent analyses of historical data of fish abundance and distribution have shown the importance of a long temporal perspective in the evaluation of the current status of fish populations, but pose numerous difficulties such as fragmentation and inhomogeneities in the amount of available information in space and time. Using mixed-effects models in a multiscale analysis, we identified an appropriate spatiotemporal scale of investigation of a high-quality, spatially explicit historical data set, and we reconstructed the long-term spatial dynamics of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Kattegat–Skagerrak along the 20th century. We identified a northern and southern main aggregation of adult cod in the study area, corresponding to the Skagerrak portion of the North Sea and the Kattegat cod stocks, respectively. The stocks showed specificities in their spatial dynamics, but common extensive loss of coastal aggregations during the last decades when only 13% (Kattegat) and 35% (Skagerrak) of the estimated early century cod biomass was left. Our reconstruction showed that the collapse of the cod stocks in the area followed the peak in landings in the 1960s–1970s, suggesting that the postwar development of the industrial fisheries played a major role in the decrease of local abundances and disappearance of local adult cod aggregations.

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