NHM/(IOSDL) North East Atlantic deep demersal fish data set (1973-1999)

Data set information

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Data holding centreDepartment of Zoology, Natural History Museum
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1973 to 1999
Geographical area

Multiple oceanic sites in the eastern North Atlantic (8° N - 53° N, 10° W - 25° W) from upper slope to abyssal soundings


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 non taxonomy-related abundance per unit volume of the water column


Pelagic trawl nets


The project aim is to identify the species richness, distribution (horizontal and vertical) and biology of deep demersal fishes in the eastern north Atlantic. (It includes also a single set comprising 678 samples of 338 species analyzed for the whole of the North Atlantic Basin up to 1988.) The samples are concentrated in the Porcupine Seabight/Abyssal Plain area, off north west Africa and in the Great Meteor East Abyssal Plain. The data set comprises over 200 samples (of 0.5 to 3.5 hour duration) from 240m - 5440m soundings, comprising some 10,000 specimens representing circa 250 species. Catches were identified, counted and weighed at sea. Sex and stomach contents were noted. Most were discarded after representative samples were retained for NHM collections. The data are arranged by species per sample and location in bathymetric sequence, but can also be accessed as a time series. Each abundant species is arranged by size and sex. As with all trawl samples, species composition of fish, proportional abundance, and size range is limited by overall size, mesh size and towing speed of the gear.

OriginatorsDepartment of Zoology, Natural History Museum
OrganisationDepartment of Zoology, Natural History Museum
ContactKeeper of Zoology

Department of Zoology, Natural History Museum
Department of Zoology, Cromwell Road

United Kingdom

Telephone+44 20 7942 5275
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1039011
Global identifier1406
Last revised2009-12-01