A German, French, African
                   consortium in West Africa

Project structure: WP 3

Hamet Diadhou CRODT (Dakar, Senegal);
Andreas Oschlies GEOMAR (Kiel, Germany);
Eric Machu LPO (Plouzane, France).

Within the eastern boundary currents (like everywhere else), pelagic fish are strongly dependent on their environment, which defines their habitat, the availability of food, and probably also drives their spawning, growth, recruitment success, spatial distribution and health (e.g. Bakun, 1996). The objective of this work package is to elucidate the physical/biogeochemical environment of small pelagic fish in order to apprehend the bottom-up processes that impact on their life cycles and to identify useful indices in a context of climate change.

Physical-biogeochemical coupling: processes and control of small pelagic fish

  • Task 3.1. Key biogeochemical processes: control of primary production and the oxygen minimum zone
    •  Sub-Task 3.1.1. Investigation of the factors controlling primary production 
    • Sub-Task 3.1.3 Role of submesoscale processes on biogeochemistry in two differently shaped coastal shelves
    • Sub-Task 3.1.2 Processes maintaining the Oxygen Minimum Zone
  • Task 3.2 The spatio-temporal variability of spawning in small pelagic fish
    • Task 3.3 Recruitment of Sardinella aurita
    • Task 3.4 Temporal evolution of fish habitats defined using a coupled modelling approach

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