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WGSPEC - Report of the Working Group on Small Pelagic Fish, their Ecosystems and Climate Impact

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by ICESICES
The Working Group on Small Pelagic Fishes, their Ecosystems and Climate Impact (WGSPEC) had its 4th meeting at the Centro Oceanográfico de Canarias of the Insti-tuto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. It was attended by 11 scientists from six countries. After investigating and publishing the impact of the AMO and accompanying at-mospheric and oceanographic processes during the mid-1990s on the dynamics of small pelagic fishes, WGSPEC extended this study to other components of NE Atlan-tic ecosystems, particularly plankton, larger pelagic and demersal fish species. This comparative ecosystem study reveals a common pattern in the reaction of different ecosystems and it seems that a climatically induced regime shift happened in the mid-1990s in the ecosystems under investigation. WKSPEC started to prepare anoth-er publication on this theme.

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