Does large-scale ocean circulation structure life history connectivity in antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni)?

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Ashford, J., Dinniman, M., Brooks, C., Andrews, A. H., Hofmann, E., Cailliet, G., … Ramanna, N. (2012). Does large-scale ocean circulation structure life history connectivity in antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni)? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69(12), 1903-1919. doi:10.1139/f2012-111
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TitleDoes large-scale ocean circulation structure life history connectivity in antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni)?
AuthorsJ. Ashford, M. Dinniman, C. Brooks, A. Andrews, E. Hofmann, G. Cailliet, C. Jones, N. Ramanna
AbstractA multidisciplinary approach incorporating otolith chemistry, age data, and numerical Lagrangian particle simulations indicated a single, self-recruiting population of Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni) in the Southeast Pacific Basin (SPB) and Ross Sea, with a life history structured by the large-scale circulation. Chemistry deposited prior to capture along otolith edges demonstrated strong environmental heterogeneity, yet the chemistry in otolith nuclei, deposited during early life, showed no differences. Age data showed only adult fish in catches on the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge in the SPB and structuring of life stages consistent with transport pathways from the northern Ross Sea. Lagrangian particle simulations predicted that early life stages following the flow in the SPB would be transported to areas in the Ross Sea where juveniles are caught, whereas the circulation would facilitate adult movement along the shelf slope and back into the SPB where spawning adults are caught. These results suggest that successfully spawning fish spend only a part of their adult life history in the Ross Sea, areas in the eastern Ross Sea contribute disproportionately to the spawning population, and areas in the southwestern Ross Sea may supply fisheries in the southern Indian Ocean.
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Date2012
Volume69
Issue12
Start page1903
End page1919
ISSN0706-652X
Subjectsconnectivity, life history, oceanic circulation, perciform, recruitment (population dynamics), spawning, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Pacific Ocean (Southeast), Pacific-Antarctic Ridge, Ross Sea, Southern Ocean, Dissostichus mawsoni
NoteCited By (since 1996):1, Fish and Fisheries, CODEN: CJFSD

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