Special Issue "Marine Fisheries and Ecosystem Modeling"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Bernardo Patti
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Guest Editor
National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute for Anthropic impact and Sustainability in marine environment (IAS), Unit of Palermo, Italy
Interests: fisheries oceanography; fisheries ecology; ecology of fishes and other aquatic organisms in relation to their sustainable exploitation; scientific advice to fisheries management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The sustainable exploitation of marine fish populations is an important issue worldwide, due to the globally increasing impacts of fishing efforts and climate change. It is essential to evaluate how both these factors affect the dynamics of natural resources in order to develop adaptation policies that aim to reduce their impacts. There is a general lack of information on the mechanisms governing marine ecosystems, which needs to be addressed. This Special Issue will focus on recent trends in this topic, assessing the role of the different modelling methodologies available, and exploring innovative approaches in support of marine fisheries management, suggesting alternative pathways to be adopted in order to limit the vulnerability of marine species to environmental changes and fishing activities. 

Prof. Dr. Bernardo Patti
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • marine fish populations
  • fisheries
  • marine ecosystems
  • environmental factors
  • climate change
  • mechanistic models
  • statistical models

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Purpleback Flying Squid Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis in the South China Sea: Growth, Resources and Association with the Environment
Water 2021, 13(1), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13010065 - 31 Dec 2020
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The purpleback flying squid (Ommastrephidae: Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis) is an important species at higher trophic levels of the regional marine ecosystem in the South China Sea (SCS), where it is considered to show the potential for fishery development. Accordingly, under increasing climatic and [...] Read more.
The purpleback flying squid (Ommastrephidae: Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis) is an important species at higher trophic levels of the regional marine ecosystem in the South China Sea (SCS), where it is considered to show the potential for fishery development. Accordingly, under increasing climatic and environmental changes, understanding the nature and importance of various factors that determine the spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of S. oualaniensis in the SCS is of great scientific and socio-economic interest. Using generalized additive model (GAM) methods, we analyzed the relationship between available environmental factors and catch per unit effort (CPUE) data of S. oualaniensis. The body size of S. oualaniensis in the SCS was relatively small (<19.4 cm), with a shorter lifespan than individuals in other seas. The biological characteristics indicate that S. oualaniensis in the SCS showed a positive allometric growth, and could be suitably described by the logistic growth equation. In our study, the sea areas with higher CPUE were mainly distributed at 10°–11° N, with a 27–28 °C sea surface temperature (SST) range, a sea surface height anomaly (SSHA) of −0.05–0.05 m, and chlorophyll-a concentration (Chl-a) higher than 0.18 μg/L. The SST was the most important factor in the GAM analysis and the best fitting GAM model explained 67.9% of the variance. Understanding the biological characteristics and habitat status of S. oualaniensis in the SCS will benefit the management of this resource. Full article
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