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Remote Sens. 2016, 8(11), 921; doi:10.3390/rs8110921

Seasonal Habitat Patterns of Japanese Common Squid (Todarodes Pacificus) Inferred from Satellite-Based Species Distribution Models

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Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University, N21 W11 Kita-Ku, Sapporo 001-0021, Japan
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Remote sensing technology center of Japan, Tokyu Reit Toranomon Bldg. 3F 3-17-1 Toranomon, Minato-ku 105-0001, Tokyo, Japan
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Laboratory of Marine Environment and Resource Sensing, Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido University, 3-1-1 Minato-cho, Hakodate 041-8611, Hokkaido, Japan
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Academic Editors: Deepak R. Mishra, Xiaofeng Li and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 30 August 2016 / Revised: 24 October 2016 / Accepted: 28 October 2016 / Published: 5 November 2016
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Abstract

The understanding of the spatio-temporal distributions of the species habitat in the marine environment is central to effectual resource management and conservation. Here, we examined the potential habitat distributions of Japanese common squid (Todarodes pacificus) in the Sea of Japan during a four-year period. The seasonal patterns of preferential habitat were inferred from species distribution models, built using squid occurrences detected from night-time visible images and remotely-sensed environmental factors. The predicted squid habitat (i.e., areas with high habitat suitability) revealed strong seasonal variability, characterized by a reduction of potential habitat, confined off of the southern part of the basin during the winter–spring period (December–May). Apparent expansion of preferential habitat occurred during summer–autumn months (June–November), concurrent with the formation of highly suitable habitat patches in certain regions of the Sea of Japan. These habitat distribution patterns were in response to changes in oceanographic conditions and synchronous with seasonal migration of squid. Moreover, the most important variables regulating the spatio-temporal patterns of suitable habitat were sea surface temperature, depth, sea surface height anomaly, and eddy kinetic energy. These variables could affect the habitat distributions through their impacts on growth and survival of squid, local nutrient transport, and the availability of favorable spawning and feeding grounds. View Full-Text
Keywords: Japanese common squid; Japan Sea; night-time visible imageries; satellite data; potential habitat distribution; species distribution models Japanese common squid; Japan Sea; night-time visible imageries; satellite data; potential habitat distribution; species distribution models
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Alabia, I.D.; Dehara, M.; Saitoh, S.-I.; Hirawake, T. Seasonal Habitat Patterns of Japanese Common Squid (Todarodes Pacificus) Inferred from Satellite-Based Species Distribution Models. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 921.

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