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One-hundred years of change in fish and fisheries - MF1108

Summary Objective
Recover, digitise, store and make accessible long-term datasets arising from scientific research surveys and fisheries data dating back to the beginning of the century, and to use this data to investigate how climate change and fishing have impacted the distribution of fishing effort, fish abundance and food-web structure. Specially, implications of shifts in the distribution of fish and fisheries and changes in size structure of the fish community, and gathering more information about the structure of the relevant ecosystems when fishing pressure was low and under different climate patterns.

Key Customer Purpose
Utilise existing long-term datasets to: map changes in the distribution of catches and effort of the fishing fleet over the last 100 years and use this to infer factors influencing changes in the distribution and abundance of fish; use biological data from scientific surveys to provide knowledge on how the size and age of fish and their relative abundance has changed and help infer factors influencing changes in the distribution and abundance of fish.
Project Documents
• TPS - Two Page Summary : MF1108 Two Page Summary: 100 years of data: What can we learn about climate change, fish, and fisheries?   (409k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2013

Cost: £360,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Marine Fisheries