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Do walleye pollock exhibit flexibility in where or when they spawn based on variability in water temperature? Public Deposited

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  • Environmental variability is increasingly recognized as a primary determinant of year-class strength of marine fishes by directly or indirectly influencing egg and larval development, growth, and survival. Here we examined the role of annual water temperature variability in determining when and where walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) spawn in the eastern Bering Sea. Walleye pollock spawning was examined using both long-term ichthyoplankton data (N=19 years), as well as with historical spatially explicit, foreign-reported, commercial catch data occurring during the primary walleye pollock spawning season (February–May) each year (N=22 years in total). We constructed variable-coefficient generalized additive models (GAMs) to relate the spatially explicit egg or adult catch-per-unit-effort (CPUE) to predictor variables including spawning stock biomass, season, position, and water temperature. The adjusted R2 value was 63.1% for the egg CPUE model and 35.5% for the adult CPUE model. Both egg and adult GAMs suggest that spawning progresses seasonally from Bogoslof Island in February and March to Outer Domain waters between the Pribilof and Unimak Islands by May. Most importantly, walleye pollock egg and adult CPUE was predicted to generally increase throughout the study area as mean annual water temperature increased. These results suggest low interannual variability in the spatial and temporal dynamics of walleye pollock spawning regardless of changes in environmental conditions, at least at the spatial scale examined in this study and within the time frame of decades.
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  • Bacheler, N., Ciannelli, L., Bailey, K., & Bartolino, V. (2012). Do walleye pollock exhibit flexibility in where or when they spawn based on variability in water temperature? DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART II-TOPICAL STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY, 65-70, 208-216. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2012.02.001
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  • This research was supported by the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP) of the North Pacific Research Board. This research is contribution EcoFOCI-0771 to NOAA’s Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations, BEST-BSIERP Publication No.52, and NPRB Publication No.338.
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