SpaceShift: Drivers and effects of spatial shifts in early life stages of marine fish

About the project

Understanding the mechanisms behind the large fluctuations in the recruitment to many harvested fish stocks remains a key challenge in fisheries science. We will here throw new light on these mechanisms by studying the interlinkage between spatial and temporal dynamics using a combination of state-of-the-art statistical and biophysical modelling approaches.

In particular, we address the hypothesis that loss of old and large spawners from heavily exploited fish stocks leads to a contracted spatial and temporal distribution of spawning and fish offspring, which reduces the buffering of offspring survival against adverse environmental conditions. We will first quantify how the spatial distributions of fish eggs are influenced by the combination of climate and demographic structure of spawners.

We will subsequently assess how climate and spatial distribution influence the match or mismatch between fish larvae and zooplankton prey and growth and survival of fish through early life. Hence we will map how survival of fish eggs to recruitment depends on location. With that basis, we will assess how climate and demography influence recruitment and population dynamics, through effects on spatial distribution of fish offspring and spatiotemporal patterns in growth and survival of the offspring. Main focus will be on Barents Sea cod, haddock and capelin. These stocks are the world's largest of their species and of high ecological and socioeconomic importance.

Moreover, long-term Russian and Norwegian surveys provide unique empirical information on their dynamics in early life stages. Our combination of statistical and biophysical modelling approaches take full advantage of this information and aim to identify relationships that are backed up both by the spatiotemporal observation data and a clear, mechanistic understanding of the underlying processes. Hence, we expect to obtain insight into recruitment dynamics that are of wide, general interest.

 

A schematic overview of the SpaceShift Project.

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Objectives

Primary objective: Improve our understanding of how climate and demographic structure of spawners influence fish populations through effects on spatial distribution and dynamics in early life stages.

Secondary objectives: (i) Quantify effects of climate and spawner age and size composition on spatial distributions of fish eggs. (ii) Quantify role of spatial distribution for match-mismatch between fish larvae and their zooplankton prey. (iii) Quantify role of spatial distribution for growth-survival relationships through early life. (iv) Assess implications of changes in climate and demographic structure of spawners for population dynamics.

Background

National partners:

University of Oslo, Dept. biosciences, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES): Leif Chr. Stige (PI), Nils Chr. Stenseth (co-PI), Kristina Ø. Kvile, Joël M. Durant, Øystein Langangen. 

Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Bergen: Bjarte Bogstad, Morten D. Skogen, Frode B. Vikebø, PhD Clarissa Akemi Kajiya Endo

International participants:

Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO), Murmansk: Natalia Yaragina.

University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS), Seattle, USA: Jan Ohlberger.

Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, USA: Lorenzo Ciannelli.

Financing

This Project is funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) (MARINFORSK)

RCN Project Number: 280468 (Project data bank at RCN)

UiO Project Number: 144690

Period

30.06.2018 - 31.12.2021

Publications

  • Kajiya Endo, Clarissa Akemi; Stige, Leif Christian; Skogen, Morten D.; Ciannelli, Lorenzo & Vikebø, Frode Bendiksen (2022). Two decades of match-mismatch in Northeast Arctic cod – Feeding conditions and survival. Frontiers in Marine Science. ISSN 2296-7745. 9, p. 1–14. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.767290. Full text in Research Archive
  • Yaragina, Natalia A.; Stige, Leif Christian & Langangen, Øystein Ole Gahr (2022). Bycatch data from ichthyoplankton surveys reveal long-term trends in gelatinous zooplankton in the Norwegian and Barents Seas. ICES Journal of Marine Science. ISSN 1054-3139. 79(3), p. 868–881. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsab225.
  • Ohlberger, Jan; Langangen, Øystein Ole Gahr & Stige, Leif Christian (2022). Age structure affects population productivity in an exploited fish species. Ecological Applications. ISSN 1051-0761. 32(5). doi: 10.1002/eap.2614.
  • Langangen, Øystein & Stige, Leif Christian (2021). Shedding light on the link between the spatial distribution of eggs and survival in Northeast Arctic cod. Fisheries Oceanography. ISSN 1054-6006. 30, p. 429–436. doi: 10.1111/fog.12528. Full text in Research Archive
  • Kvile, Kristina Øie; Prokopchuk, Irina P. & Stige, Leif Christian (2021). Environmental effects on Calanus finmarchicus abundance and depth distribution in the Barents Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science. ISSN 1054-3139. 79(3), p. 815–828. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsab133. Full text in Research Archive
  • Dong, Kaixing; Kvile, Kristina Øie; Stenseth, Nils C. & Stige, Leif C. (2021). Associations between timing and magnitude of spring blooms and zooplankton dynamics in the southwestern Barents Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series. ISSN 0171-8630. 668, p. 57–72. doi: 10.3354/meps13740. Full text in Research Archive
  • Durant, Joël; Aarvold, Leana & Langangen, Øystein Ole Gahr (2021). Stock collapse and its effect on species interactions: Cod and herring in the Norwegian-Barents Seas system as an example. Ecology and Evolution. ISSN 2045-7758. 11, p. 16993–17004. doi: 10.1002/ece3.8336. Full text in Research Archive
  • Ciannelli, Lorenzo; Neuheimer, Anna B.; Stige, Leif Christian; Frank, Kenneth T.; Durant, Joël & Hunsicker, Mary E. [Show all 10 contributors for this article] (2021). Ontogenetic spatial constraints of sub-arctic marine fish species. Fish and Fisheries. ISSN 1467-2960. p. 1–16. doi: 10.1111/faf.12619. Full text in Research Archive
  • Durant, Joël M; Yaragina, Natalia & Stige, Leif Christian (2021). The role of spatial distribution for growth and survival of juvenile cod Gadus morhua in the Barents Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science. ISSN 1054-3139. 78(8), p. 2700–2708. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsab143. Full text in Research Archive
  • Durant, Joel Marcel; Ono, Kotaro; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Langangen, Øystein (2020). Nonlinearity in interspecific interactions in response to climate change: Cod and haddock as an example. Global Change Biology. ISSN 1354-1013. 26(10), p. 5554–5563. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15264. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lundsør, Elisabeth; Stige, Leif Christian; Sørensen, Kai & Edvardsen, Bente (2020). Long-term coastal monitoring data show nutrient-driven reduction in chlorophyll. Journal of Sea Research. ISSN 1385-1101. 164. doi: 10.1016/j.seares.2020.101925. Full text in Research Archive
  • Ferreira, Ana Sofia De Araújo; Stige, Leif Christian; Neuheimer, Anna B.; Bogstad, Bjarte; Yaragina, Natalia A. & Prokopchuk, Irina [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2020). Match-mismatch dynamics in the Norwegian-Barents Sea system. Marine Ecology Progress Series. ISSN 0171-8630. 650, p. 81–94. doi: 10.3354/MEPS13276. Full text in Research Archive
  • Endo, Clarissa; Vikebø, Frode Bendiksen; Yaragina, Natalia A.; Hjøllo, Solfrid Sætre & Stige, Leif Christian (2020). Effects of climate and spawning stock structure on the spatial distribution of Northeast Arctic cod larvae. ICES Journal of Marine Science. ISSN 1054-3139. 78, p. 666–679. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa057. Full text in Research Archive
  • Färber, Leonie Anette; van Gemert, Rob; Langangen, Øystein; Durant, Joel Marcel & Andersen, Ken Hasle (2020). Population variability under stressors is dependent on body mass growth and asymptotic body size. Royal Society Open Science. ISSN 2054-5703. 7(2), p. 1–11. doi: 10.1098/rsos.192011. Full text in Research Archive
  • Durant, Joel Marcel; Molinero, Juan Carlos; Ottersen, Geir; Reygondeau, Gabriel; Stige, Leif Christian & Langangen, Øystein (2019). Contrasting effects of rising temperatures on trophic interactions in marine ecosystems. Scientific Reports. ISSN 2045-2322. 9:15213, p. 1–9. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51607-w. Full text in Research Archive
  • Stige, Leif Christian; Rogers, Lauren; Neuheimer, Anna B.; Hunsicker, Mary E.; Yaragina, Natalia A. & Ottersen, Geir [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2019). Density‐ and size‐dependent mortality in fish early life stages. Fish and Fisheries. ISSN 1467-2960. 20(5), p. 962–976. doi: 10.1111/faf.12391. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Kajiya Endo, Clarissa Akemi; Vikebø, Frode Bendiksen; Yaragina, Natalia A.; Hjøllo, Solfrid Sætre & Stige, Leif Christian (2021). Cod's journey back home – from birth to nursery. Frontiers for Young Minds. ISSN 2296-6846. 9. doi: 10.3389/frym.2021.622088.
  • Endo, Clarissa; Vikebø, Frode Bendiksen; Yaragina, Natalia A.; Hjøllo, Solfrid Sætre & Stige, Leif Christian (2020). Effects of the environment and the spawning stock structure on the distribution of Northeast Arctic cod larvae.
  • Fauchald, Per & Durant, Joel Marcel (2019). Hvorfor fluktuerer de store marine fiskebestandene? Naturen. ISSN 0028-0887. 143(3), p. 124–132. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3118-2019-03-06.
  • Stige, Leif Christian; Durant, Joel Marcel & Langangen, Øystein (2019). Effects of climate change, fishing and oil on marine ecosystems.
  • Stige, Leif Christian; Rogers, Lauren; Neuheimer, Anna B.; Hunsicker, Mary E.; Yaragina, Natalia A. & Ottersen, Geir [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2019). Density- and size-dependent mortality in fish early life stages.
  • Kajiya Endo, Clarissa Akemi; Yaragina, Natalia A.; Vikebø, Frode Bendiksen; Skogen, Morten D.; Hjøllo, Solfrid Sætre & Stige, Leif Christian (2019). Long-term ichthyoplankton survey reveal effects of climate and spawning stock structure on the spatial distribution of Northeast Arctic cod larvae.

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