A workshop on the use of CUFES
in studies of the spawning habitat and biomass of small pelagic fish was
held February 9-11, 2000 in San Sebastian, Spain. The workshop was an
activity of Working Group Eight of SPACC (Small
Pelagics and Climate Change), a regional component of the International GLOBEC
Program. The workshop was hosted by the Technological Institute for
Fisheries and Food(AZTI). Sponsors included International GLOBEC, US GLOBEC, the Inter-American Institute for Global
Change, and AZTI.
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A total of 32 people participated from research centers in the United
States, México, Peru, Chile, Argentina, United Kingdom, Spain,
Portugal, South Africa and Japan.
To assess the present status of CUFES in comparative studies of
spawning habitats and egg production of small pelagic fishes and to
recommend future actions.
Schedule and tasks
Day 1 (Wednesday, February 9)
Presentations with discussion on the present status of CUFES
and related subjects, including planned use. This included conceptual
and technical issues as well as results.
Day 2 (Thursday, February 10)
Discussion of the following topics:
(a) Use of CUFES in habitat spawning assessment and its comparison
within and between regions (the core SPACC problem described by
SPACC Working Group 8 in the SPACC Implementation
Plan, GLOBEC Report No. 11).
(b) Use of CUFES in the Daily Egg Production Method (DEPM) including
experimental designs and use of geostatistics.
(c) Technical issues, including the relationship of the vertical
distribution of pelagic fish eggs to CUFES data; relating CUFES to
areal estimates of egg abundance by observation and models;
automation of CUFES; and integrating CUFES with other underway
monitoring systems, including acoustic and optical systems.
Day 3 (Friday, February 11)
Formulation of recommendations and action items.
GLOBEC Report 14 (Checkley
2000) resulted from this workshop. This report contains
abstracts, discussion summaries, and action items. Color maps
of egg distributions, for small, pelagic fish off USA, Peru, Chile,
South Africa, are also included.
Copies of this report are available from Dr. Manuel
Barange of the International GLOBEC Project Office.
Meeting Organizing Committee
David M. Checkley, Jr.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA
John R. Hunter
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, USA
Carl D. van der Lingen
Marine and Coastal Management, SOUTH