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Data set name

Inshore fish in Scottish Sea Lochs (1969-1980)

Data holding centreScottish Association for Marine Science
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1969 to 1980
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Firth of Lorne, associated sea lochs and adjacent sea areas

Observations 
Parameters

Fish morphology, age and physiology; Fish abundance in water bodies; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish taxonomy-related counts; Fish and shellfish catch statistics; Fishery characterisation

Instruments

Pelagic trawl nets

Description 
Summary

A unique record of the fish populations around the West of Scotland coastal areas and sea lochs. Collected monthly by bottom and midwater trawls. This data set records the status of fish populations during the 1970s. Since this period fisheries have gone through many changes. Many stocks are suffering severe depletion as a result of over fishing. Changes in distribution due to environmental and climatic change could be determined from this data set. This data would put current research on inshore fish populations into historical context in relation to anthropogenic and environmental change. The data set contains catch data for 900 trawls and details of 90,000 individual fish. Associated metadata includes acquisition methods, sampling methods and taxonomy.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science
References

Gordon, J.D.M. (1990) The fish populations of Scottish sea lochs with particular reference to those of the Firth of Lorne area., Glasgow Naturalist, 21(5): 561-575.

Availability 
OrganisationScottish Association for Marine Science
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactSteven J Gontarek (Data Information Manager)
Address

Scottish Association for Marine Science

Argyll
Oban
PA37 1QA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1631 559314
Emailsteve.gontarek@sams.ac.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1049012
Global identifier651
Last revised2009-12-01