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Composition and distribution of copepods, a major prey of capelin in the central Barents Sea, in moderate and warm years

Emma L. Orlova, Vladimir D. Boitsov, Valentina N. Nesterova and Nikolai G. Ushakov

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 59, issue 5, pages 1053-1061
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jmsc.2002.1256
Composition and distribution of copepods, a major prey of capelin in the central Barents Sea, in moderate and warm years

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The dynamics of copepod development are described and suggestions made as to how they may have influenced the formation of capelin feeding grounds in the central Barents Sea during summer and autumn of 1984, 1989, and 1992. Interannual differences in spatial, species, and age structure of plankton are discussed, and their relationships with environmental factors are shown. Some common features of seasonal variation in plankton biomass, including predation by capelin, are traced.

Keywords: Barents Sea; Calanus; copepod; plankton; temperature

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Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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