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Linking hydrographic frontal activity to ECOsystem dynamics in the North Sea & Skagerrak: importance to fish stock recruitment

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-30183
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-12-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,336,611 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,899,897 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
LIFECO is a multidisciplinary research programme designed to resolve the influence of tidal mixing and shelf-break fronts on the recruitment success of North Sea fish stocks and thereby develop environmentally sensitive recruitment models. To do so, LIFECO integrates results from a 3-D coupled bio-physical model, remote sensing and field programmes as well as historic databases. Integration is provided via GIS to test the hypothesis that variations in frontal activity influence recruitment of commercial fish stocks via bottom-up and top-down processes acting on the young of the year. Furthermore, the programme will resolve the importance of hydrographic processes on spatial distribution and feeding interactions of commercial fish stocks, a result of importance for assessment and management strategies. Finally, the identification of unique ecological enclaves will aid in the development of management strategies based on environmentally sensitive areas.


Coordinator
Helge Abildhauge THOMSEN
Danish Institute for Fisheries Research
Charlottenlund
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 33963400
Fax: +45 33963434
E-mail: hat@dfu.min.dk


Partners
  Peter LEMKE
Institut für Meereskunde an der Universitaet Kiel Anstalt des Oeffentlichen Rechts
Kiel
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 431 5973900
Fax: +49 431 565876
E-mail: plemke@ifm.uni-kiel.de
  Wendy DAWSON
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Lowestoft
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1502 524250
Fax: +44 1502 524569
E-mail: w.a.dawson@cefas.co.uk
  Axel TEMMING
Universität Hamburg
Hamburg
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 40 428386620
Fax: +49 40 428386618
E-mail: atemming@uni-hamburg.de
  Inger GJESDAHL
University of Bergen
Bergen
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 55584998
Fax: +47 55584991
E-mail: inger.gjesdahl@fa.uib.no
  Bodo VON BODUNGEN
Baltic Sea Research Institute Warnemuende
Rostock
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 381 5197100
Fax: +49 381 5197105
E-mail: bodo.bodungen@io-warnemuende.de
  Hans ERSTAD
Institute of Marine Research
Bergen
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 55238518
Fax: +47 55238531
E-mail: hans.erstad@imr.no