Journal Article

Capelin in Faroese waters–a messenger of harsh times?

Stein Hjalti í Jákupsstovu and Jákup Reinert

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 59, issue 5, pages 884-889
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI:
Capelin in Faroese waters–a messenger of harsh times?

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Small numbers of 0- and 1-group capelin are frequently found in Faroese waters and, because no spawning/nursery areas have been located there, their presence has been attributed to eddies from the East Icelandic Current occasionally entering the Faroe Shelf. In 1991 an exceptionally large number of 0-group capelin was caught in the 0-group research survey, and from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, several other unusual biological phenomena were identified, including low primary production, recruitment failure to major demersal fish stocks, and immigration of autumn-spawning herring. We discuss these phenomena in relation to the atypical oceanographic conditions of the period.

Keywords: autumn-spawning herring; capelin; current systems; Faroese waters; 0-group surveys; primary production; recruitment; stability of water masses

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