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Small pelagic fish: new research frontiers

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Small pelagic fish: new research frontiers
Small pelagic fish (SPF) account for more than 30% by weight of the total landings of capture fisheries around the world and are crucial for global food security. SPF also play an important role in the transfer of energy in food webs through mid-trophic levels, so understanding processes affecting the dynamics of their populations, their role in marine ecosystems and how these shape robust management practices continues to be a high priority.

Substantial progress continues to be made on understanding the drivers and dynamics of SPF in marine ecosystems. The integration of numerical models with ever-growing data from monitoring efforts and stock assessments has enabled more comprehensive consideration of hypotheses describing SPF population variability. Additionally, the rapid development of new methods such as eDNA, machine learning, and genome analysis to ascertain population structure can offer new insight to long-standing questions. This TS includes contributions from the 2022 international (ICES, PICES, FAO) symposium on “Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management” and highlight the state-of-the-art in these and other topics related to the ecology and sustainable management of SPF.


Organizers/Symposium conveners: Myron Peck, Ignacio Catalán, Susana Garrido, Ryan Rykaczewski, Akinori Takasuka


Editors: Myron Peck, Ignacio Catalán, Susana Garrido, Ryan Rykaczewski, Rebecca Asch, Jan McDowell, Elliott Hazen, Isaak Kaplan


Status: Submissions are closed.


Individual Theme Section articles are published 'Advance View' as soon as they are ready. Once the Theme Section is completed, they will be fully published in a regular volume of MEPS and given a volume number and page range. Theme Section literature cites within the articles will also be updated at that time.



Rooper CN, Boldt JL, Cleary J, Peña M, Thompson M, Grinnell M
Evaluating factors affecting the distribution and timing of Pacific Herring Clupea pallasii spawn in British Columbia
MEPS SPF2: AV1 | Full text in pdf format


Wells BK, Santora JA, Bizzarro JJ, Billings A, Brodeur RD, Daly EA, Field JC, Richerson KE, Thorson JT
Trophoscapes of predatory fish reveal biogeographic structuring of spatial dietary overlap and inform fisheries bycatch patterns
MEPS SPF2: AV2 | Full text in pdf format


Gunther KM, Baker MR, Aydin KY
Using predator diets to infer forage fish distribution and assess responses to climate variability in the eastern Bering Sea
MEPS SPF2: AV3 | Full text in pdf format


Maathuis MAM, Couperus B, van der Molen J, Poos JJ, Tulp I, Sakinan S
Resolving the variability in habitat use by juvenile small pelagic fish in a major tidal system by continuous echosounder measurements
MEPS SPF2: AV4 | Full text in pdf format


Thorvaldsen KG, Neuenfeldt S, Mariani P, Nielsen JR
Hiding in plain sight: predator avoidance behaviour of mesopelagic Maurolicus muelleri during foraging
MEPS SPF2: AV5 | Full text in pdf format


Fonseca P, Barata M, Castanho S, Pousão-Ferreira P, Garrido S
Effect of diet composition and temperature on the gastric evacuation rate of European sardine: implication for egg predation estimates
MEPS SPF2: AV6 | Full text in pdf format


Luján C, Oliveros-Ramos R, Barrier N, Leadley P, Shin YJ
Key species and indicators revealed by an uncertainty analysis of the marine ecosystem model OSMOSE
MEPS SPF2: AV7 | Full text in pdf format


Veríssimo A, Fonseca P, Garrido S
Molecular barcoding reveals patterns of egg predation in small pelagic fish
MEPS SPF2: AV8 | Full text in pdf format


Ruzicka J, Chiaverano L, Coll M, Garrido S, Tam J, Murase H, Robinson K, Romagnoni G, Shannon L, Silva A, Szalaj D, Watari S
The role of small pelagic fish in diverse ecosystems: knowledge gleaned from food-web models
MEPS SPF2: AV9 | Full text in pdf format


Jacobson KC, Marcogliese DJ, MacKenzie K
Parasites of small pelagics reflect their role in marine ecosystems
MEPS SPF2: AV10 | Full text in pdf format


Berg F, Seljestad G, Folkvord A
Growth of spring- and autumn-spawned larvae of Atlantic herring Clupea harengus: a long-term experiment mimicking seasonal light conditions
MEPS SPF2: AV11 | Full text in pdf format


Garrido S, Albo-Puigserver M, Moyano M
REVIEW: Larval trophic ecology of small pelagic fishes: a review of recent advances and pathways to fill remaining knowledge gaps
MEPS SPF2: AV12 | Full text in pdf format


Teles-Machado A, Plecha SM, Peliz A, Garrido S
Anomalous ocean currents and European anchovy dispersal in the Iberian ecosystem
MEPS SPF2: AV13 | Full text in pdf format