Special Issue "Advances in Small Pelagic Fish in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean"

A special issue of Fishes (ISSN 2410-3888).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 207

Special Issue Editors

Hachinohe Field Station, Fisheries Resources Institute Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Yokohama, Japan
Interests: population dynamics of small pelagic fish; pacific saury ecology; zooplankton biology and ecology; feeding ecology; North Pacific; marine food web
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Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Interests: fishery biology; fish population dynamics; fisheries stock assessment and management
Fisheries Resources Institute, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency, Yokohama, Japan
Interests: conservation biology; machine learning; mathematical model; population dynamics modeling; stock assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The northwestern Pacific Ocean, where the western boundary currents, Kuroshio and Oyashio, flow, is one of the biggest fisheries production regions in the world of small pelagic fish such as sardines, anchovies, Pacific saury, and mackerels. The annual catch amounts and biomass of small pelagic fish have drastically fluctuated with large changes in the oceanographic environment in this region. Further, it is well known that shifts in dominant species of the small pelagic fish community could occur within a decadal scale. The substantial interannual changes in fisheries catch and biomass are suggested to be driven by not only fishing harvest but also the physical and biological ocean environmental variability in response to climate change. Thus, for long-term conservation and management, it is important to have improved knowledge of the interactive effects of climate change on their biology, population dynamics, habitats, and communities. This Special Issue invites contributions from fish biologists, fishery scientists, and modelers alike who work in the field of small pelagic fish and fisheries in the northwestern Pacific. This Special Edition encourages original research, reviews, and short communications that address any aspects listed above based on fisheries data, statistical modeling, culture experiments, and field observations.

Dr. Hiroomi Miyamoto
Dr. Yi-Jay Chang
Dr. Midori Hashimoto
Guest Editors

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  • small pelagic fish
  • northwestern pacific
  • population dynamics
  • fisheries
  • growth
  • fatness
  • migration
  • ocean environments
  • climate changes
  • fishing ground
  • feeding ecology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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