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MEPS 598:155-158 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12664

INTRODUCTION
Innovative use of sclerochronology in marine resource management

Ewan Hunter1,2,*, Vladimir V. Laptikhovsky1, Philip R. Hollyman3,4

1Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft Laboratory, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT, UK
2School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
3British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK
4Present address: British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK
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ABSTRACT: In recent years, technical and analytical developments in sclerochronology, based on the analysis of accretionary hard tissues, have improved our ability to assess the life histories of a wide range of marine organisms. This Theme Section on the innovative use of sclerochronology was motivated by the cross-disciplinary session ‘Looking backwards to move ahead—how the wider application of new technologies to interpret scale, otolith, statolith and other biomineralised age-registering structures could improve management of natural resources’ convened at the 2016 ICES Annual Science Conference in Riga, Latvia. The contributions to this Theme Section provide examples of applications to improve the assessment and management of populations and habitats, or showcase the potential for sclerochronology to provide a deeper understanding of the interaction between marine life and its environment, including the effects of changing climate.


KEY WORDS: Sclerochronology · Otoliths · Statoliths · Scales · Beaks · Life-histories · Ageing · Fisheries management


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Cite this article as: Hunter E, Laptikhovsky VV, Hollyman PR (2018) Innovative use of sclerochronology in marine resource management. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 598:155-158. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12664

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