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dc.contributor.authorHernández, Christina M.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorRichardson, David E.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorRypina, Irina I.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorChen, Ke  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorMarancik, Katrin E.  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorShulzitsk, Kathryn  Concept link
dc.contributor.authorLlopiz, Joel K.  Concept link
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-05T15:57:33Z
dc.date.available2022-08-05T15:57:33Z
dc.date.issued2021-10-20
dc.identifier.citationHernandez, C. M., Richardson, D. E., Rypina, I. I., Chen, K., Marancik, K. E., Shulzitski, K., & Llopiz, J. K. (2021). Support for the Slope Sea as a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna: evidence from larval abundance, growth rates, and particle-tracking simulations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 79(5), 814-824.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1912/29194
dc.description© The Author(s), 2021. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in Hernandez, C. M., Richardson, D. E., Rypina, I. I., Chen, K., Marancik, K. E., Shulzitski, K., & Llopiz, J. K. Support for the Slope Sea as a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna: evidence from larval abundance, growth rates, and particle-tracking simulations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 79(5), (2021): 814-824, https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2020-0444.en_US
dc.description.abstractAtlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) are commercially and ecologically valuable, but management is complicated by their highly migratory lifestyle. Recent collections of bluefin tuna larvae in the Slope Sea off northeastern United States have opened questions about how this region contributes to population dynamics. We analyzed larvae collected in the Slope Sea and the Gulf of Mexico in 2016 to estimate larval abundance and growth rates and used a high-resolution regional ocean circulation model to estimate spawning locations and larval transport. We did not detect a regional difference in growth rates, but found that Slope Sea larvae were larger than Gulf of Mexico larvae prior to exogenous feeding. Slope Sea larvae generally backtracked to locations north of Cape Hatteras and would have been retained within the Slope Sea until the early juvenile stage. Overall, our results provide supporting evidence that the Slope Sea is a major spawning ground that is likely to be important for population dynamics. Further study of larvae and spawning adults in the region should be prioritized to support management decisions.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipShip time was supported by NOAA, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the US Navy through interagency agreements for Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS). CMH and JKL received funding from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Ocean Life Institute (#13080700) and Academic Programs Office. CMH was additionally supported by the Adelaide and Charles Link Foundation and the J. Seward Johnson Endowment in support of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Marine Policy Center. IIR, KC, and JKL were supported by a US National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (OCE-1558806). JKL was additionally supported by the Lenfest Fund for Early Career Scientists and the Early Career Scientist Fund at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.en_US
dc.publisherCanadian Science Publishingen_US
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2020-0444
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dc.titleSupport for the Slope Sea as a major spawning ground for Atlantic bluefin tuna: evidence from larval abundance, growth rates, and particle-tracking simulationsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1139/cjfas-2020-0444


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