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PREDATE - Detecting predation of fish eggs and larvae - MF0432

Summary Objectives
To develop molecular tools for detecting the presence of eggs and larvae of several commercial species in the stomachs of predators; to test the reliability of these methods via laboratory experiments; and to employ the methods in the field to identify the range of predators responsible for egg and larval mortality.

Key Customer Purpose
To investigate post settlement mortality, due to predation, of commercial fish species such as cod and plaice. Changes in the abundance and distribution of predators, possibly linked to processes of climate change, have the potential to exert increased mortality on the early life history stages of commercial fish species and thus can damage stock viability or inhibit stock recovery.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Final Report MF0432   (3109k)
• Two Page Summary : What eats fish eggs and larvae in the open sea and how do we measure this   (247k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2010

Cost: £922,772
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Sea Fish Stocks              
Stock Assessment              
Stock Conservation              
Fields of Study
Marine Fisheries