Invading Mnemiopsis leidyi as a potential threat to Baltic fish

Haslob, Holger, Clemmesen, Catriona, Schaber, Matthias, Hinrichsen, Hans-Harald, Schmidt, Jörn, Voss, Rüdiger, Kraus, G. and Köster, F. W. (2007) Invading Mnemiopsis leidyi as a potential threat to Baltic fish Marine Ecology Progress Series, 349 . pp. 303-306. DOI 10.3354/meps07283.

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The occurrence of the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi as a new invasive species in the Baltic Sea and the potential consequences for fish stock recruitment was investigated in spring 2007. The study focused on the Bornholm Basin, which serves as the major spawning ground for cod and sprat, the commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic. The distribution pattern of M. leidyi revealed a substantial overlap with cod eggs. The observed predation of M. leidyi on eggs has the potential to alter the recruitment success of cod, which is the top predator in the system and, thus, to change the Baltic food-web structure.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Ichthyology; invasive species; cod recruitment; Baltic food web; AL299; ALKOR
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.3354/meps07283
ISSN: 0171-8630
Projects: GLOBEC, EUR-OCEANS, Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2009 10:07
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 14:31

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