The ecosystem in the Norwegian Sea has been under constant change during the last decades. Ecologically and commercially important pelagic fish stocks; Norwegian Spring Spawning herring, North East Atlantic mackerel, and blue whiting, have all had their turn in being the most abundant pelagic species, however, the exact nature of the interspecific interactions between these species is still poorly understood.
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In our newest publication ‘Drivers of the summer-distribution of Northeast Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the Nordic Seas from 2011 to 2017; a Bayesian hierarchical modelling approach’ by Nikos Nikolioudakis, Hans Julius Skaug, Anna Olafsdottir, Teunis Jansen, Jan-Arge Jacobsen and Katja Enberg, we analyze the observed distributional patterns of mackerel and identify the factors mainly controlling them.
In their study entitled “Bioenergetics modeling of the annual consumption of zooplankton by pelagic fish feeding in the Northeast Atlantic”, Eneko Bachiller, Kjell Rong Utne and Teunis Jansen, all EcoNorSe project participants, along with Geir Huse (IMR), modeled the consumption in the Norwegian Sea, which is the main feeding ground for the three main small pelagic fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic (NEA).
Marion Claireaux , (ConEvolHer), Fabian Zimmermann (ConEvolHer) and Nikos Nikolioudakis (EcoNorSe ) crossed the Atlantic to participate in the joint ICES/PICES Symposium on Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources in Victoria, Canada. The Symposium was full of captivating presentations, summing up the knowledge about small pelagics over the world, from the last 35 years, when such a gathering was last held. Marion, Fabian and Nikos also caught up with old colleagues and got to meet new for promising future collaborations.
EcoNorSe will be represented in the upcoming joint ICES/PICES Symposium on ‘Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources’ to be held in Victoria, BC, Canada on 6-11 March 2017 by Nikos Nikolioudakis.
The project group including the international participants Gudmundur J. Oskarsson (Marine Research Institute), Teunis Jansen (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources / DTU Aqua), Jan Arge Jacobsen (Faroe Marine Research Institute), Antonio Bode (Spanish Institute of Oceanography), and Eneko Bachiller (AZTI-Tecnalia) gathered in Os for a two-day meeting to present current research and discuss ongoing and upcoming project plans.
Our expert on fatty acid and stable isotope analyses Sonnich Meier has been rewarded a personal travel grant by the Research Council of Norway. Sonnich will be visiting the renowned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) institute in Seattle for six months starting in May.
EcoNorSe has recruited a new postdoc. Nikos Nikolioudakis completed his PhD on the trophic ecology of small pelagic fish and has been working with pelagic fish for more than ten years as a student and later as a post doctoral researcher.