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General
Data set name

Demersal fish surveys, Station L4, western English Channel (1920-1987)

Data holding centreMarine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1920 to 1987
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Between Plymouth and Eddystone Lighthouse, western English Channel

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

Instruments

Pelagic trawl nets

Description 
Summary

Trawl hauls on the Plymouth grounds (inside the Eddystone) have been identified to ca 130 species, usually with lengths. Data from 1913-1914 exist but have not been abstracted from notebooks. Data for 1919-1921, 1950- 1952 and 1976-1979 have been transferred to mainframe computer files. There are additional series from station L4 between 1951 to 1987; hauls taken several times a year. Some averaged data have been published (see Southward 1963, Southward and Boalch 1993)

OriginatorsMarine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
References

Southward, A.J. (1963) The distribution of some plankton animals in the English Channel and Western Approaches. III. Theories about long term biological changes, including fish., Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK, 43(1): 1-29.; Southward, A.J. (1981) Overfishing: is there a solution?, Nature 291 (5815): 449-450.; Southward, A.J. and Boalch, G.T. (1994) The effect of changing climate on marine life: past events and future predictions., Exeter Maritime Studies 9: 101–143.

Availability 
OrganisationMarine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactThe Director
Address

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Citadel Hill
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PB
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1752 222772
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1051003
Global identifier674
Last revised2009-12-01