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Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 3 Number 4: The Distribution of Zooplankton Prey of Forage Fish in the Firth of Forth Area, East Coast of Scotland

Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Volume 3 Number 4: The Distribution of Zooplankton Prey of Forage Fish in the Firth of Forth Area, East Coast of Scotland

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ISBN: 9781782560050

Part of a study investigating forage fish population dynamics and recruitment variability in the Firth of Forth.

Executive Summary

Forage fish are an important link between lower (zooplankton) and higher (carnivorous fish,

birds and mammals) trophic levels. Despite a closure of the industrial fishery for forage fish

in the Firth of Forth area, off the Scottish east coast, since 2000, recruitment has been

variable. As part of a study investigating forage fish population dynamics and recruitment

variability, the distribution of zooplankton in the area was studied in June 2010. The

presence of the most abundant zooplankton species and those most prevalent in the

stomachs of forage fish were presented, and compared to the distribution of those fish

species. The results showed species- and size-specific selective feeding by forage fish, and

both overlaps and differences between the distribution of those fish and their zooplankton

prey.