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Trophic Dynamic
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:09

Understanding the structure and dynamics of pelagic ecosystems is critical to develop ecosystem approach to fisheries management. It allows assessing the impacts of fishing activities and environmental factors not only on target stocks but also on all other species including by-catch and protected species belonging to this ecosystem. The structure of the ecosystem is based on prey-predator relationships that are the most important interactions between species. Studying the trophic dynamic leads to the development of ecosystem models which provide the basis to test ecosystem-based management options and provide management and monitoring advices to the WCPFC and Pacific SIDS.

Migration Patterns
Friday, 06 February 2009 10:48

Scientists place conventional plastic tags on tuna which provide information on growth, fishing mortality, natural mortality and movements when recaptured. These important population parameters are used to estimate the status of tuna stock and the impacts of fishing. Another form of tagging, using electronic tags, provide detailed information on fish movements in relation to their environment.



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