Ocean Sciences in Relation to Living Resources

  • Bakun A
  • Pope J
  • Sharp G
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The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission's Resolution XI-17 on Ocean Sciences Support of Living Resources specifies that programs should be formulated in applied ocean research related to fishery problems. In this report we identify some types of needed research. We discuss the relative importance of the various life history stages to the question of resource variation regarding difficulties in sampling or studying on relevant scales. Our report stresses identification and accounting for causal climate-driven ambient variations. Some testable hypotheses relating the larval stages are given as examples of useful research. We also described research needed on predation and species interactions. Examples of specific systems where import ecological processes need intense study are given. Upwelling areas, coral reefs, tropical and shelf demersal fisheries, and the open ocean fisheries each require different types and scales of study. The importance of data accessability and multidisciplinary research activities, beginning with dialogues between the ocean research and fishery resource scientists is paramont to successful completion of these tasks. The examples provided may stimulate further effort to identify resource research problems and programs for resolving them.

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  • advectisn
  • con-
  • coral reefs
  • fish eggs and larvae
  • fishery recruitment
  • iife history cycles
  • living resources
  • ocean
  • ocean science
  • predation
  • species interactions
  • tropical demersal fisheries
  • upwelling systems
  • vergence and divergence
  • vertical stability of the

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  • Andrew Bakun

  • John G. Pope

  • Gary D. Sharp

  • Jan Beyer

  • Daniel Pauly

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