Journal cover Journal topic
Earth System Science Data The data publishing journal
Journal topic

Journal metrics

Journal metrics

  • IF value: 10.951 IF 10.951
  • IF 5-year value: 9.899 IF 5-year
    9.899
  • CiteScore value: 9.74 CiteScore
    9.74
  • SNIP value: 3.111 SNIP 3.111
  • IPP value: 8.99 IPP 8.99
  • SJR value: 5.229 SJR 5.229
  • Scimago H <br class='hide-on-tablet hide-on-mobile'>index value: 38 Scimago H
    index 38
  • h5-index value: 33 h5-index 33
Volume 7, issue 1
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 7, 19-28, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-7-19-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: EURO-BASIN data compilations for an integrated analysis of...

Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 7, 19-28, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-7-19-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 13 Feb 2015

Review article | 13 Feb 2015

A new compilation of stomach content data for commercially important pelagic fish species in the northeast Atlantic

J. K. Pinnegar1, N. Goñi2, V. M. Trenkel3, H. Arrizabalaga2, W. Melle4, J. Keating5, and G. Óskarsson6 J. K. Pinnegar et al.
  • 1Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT, UK
  • 2AZTI Fundazioa, Herrera kaia Portualdea z/g, 20110 Pasaia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
  • 3Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), BP 21105, 44311 Nantes, France
  • 4Institute of Marine Research (IMR), P.O. Box 1870 Nordnes, 5817 Bergen, Norway
  • 5Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway, Ireland
  • 6Marine Research Institute (MRI), Skulagata 4, 121 Reykjavik, Iceland

Abstract. There is increasing demand for information on predator–prey interactions in the ocean as a result of legislative commitments aimed at achieving sustainable exploitation. However, comprehensive data sets are lacking for many fish species and this has hampered development of multispecies fisheries models and the formulation of effective food-web indicators. This work describes a new compilation of stomach content data for five pelagic fish species (herring, blue whiting, mackerel, albacore and bluefin tuna) sampled across the northeast Atlantic and submitted to the PANGAEA open-access data portal (www.pangaea.de). We provide detailed descriptions of sample origin and of the corresponding database structures. We describe the main results in terms of diet composition and predator–prey relationships. The feeding preferences of small pelagic fish (herring, blue whiting, mackerel) were sampled over a very broad geographic area within the North Atlantic basin, from Greenland in the west, to the Lofoten Islands in the east and from the Bay of Biscay northwards to the Arctic. This analysis revealed significant differences in the prey items selected in different parts of the region at different times of year. Tunas (albacore and bluefin) were sampled in the Bay of Biscay and Celtic Sea. Dominant prey items for these species varied by location, year and season. This data compilation exercise represents one of the largest and most wide-ranging ever attempted for pelagic fish in the North Atlantic. The earliest data included in the database were collected in 1864, whereas the most recent were collected in 2012. Data sets are available at doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.820041 and doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.826992.

Special issue
Download
Short summary
This work describes a 148-year compilation of stomach content data for five pelagic fish species (herring, blue whiting, mackerel, albacore and bluefin tuna) sampled over a broad geographic region of the northeast Atlantic. We describe the main results in terms of diet composition and predator–prey relationships. The analyses suggests significant differences in the prey items selected by predators in different parts of the area at different times of year.
This work describes a 148-year compilation of stomach content data for five pelagic fish species...
Citation
Share