Ecological importance of small pelagic fishes in the Flinders Current System
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008.
About the report
This report assesses the ecological importance of small pelagic fishes in the ecosystems off SA.
It focuses mainly on the Flinders Current System because this is ecosystem in the SWMR in which the largest populations of small pelagic fishes and large marine predators occur.
The aim of this report is to assess the ecological importance of small pelagic fishes in waters off SA. To achieve this aim we:
- describe the physical and biological characteristics of SA’s marine ecosystems
- summarise available information on the distribution and abundance of pelagic fishes
- present preliminary dietary and foraging data for key predatory species
- provide preliminary results of a trophodynmaic modelling study
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