Little fish, big problems: identifying the habitat needs of juvenile fishes
Thursday, 7 December 2017
Abstract: This talk explores the fascinating early lives of fishes and their importance in our quest to manage fisheries sustainably. Many fishes rely on shallow, inshore ‘nurseries’ during juvenile stages, but these areas are heavily exploited and impacted by humans. As pressures on the marine environment intensify, being able to locate and, if necessary, protect fish nurseries is becoming increasingly important for maintaining healthy, productive fish populations. Understanding the needs of young fishes, however, is not easy. This talk will explore some of the challenges associated with identifying fish nursery habitat and how modern biochemical and molecular tools are being harnessed to provide answers.
Bio: Ben Ciotti is a Lecturer in Marine Biology at the University of Plymouth interested in ecology and physiology. He works in particular to understand processes underlying the growth of young fishes and invertebrates living along our coasts. His research has taken him to systems across the world, including the sea lochs of Scotland, the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, the reefs of French Polynesia and, recently, to Dock Gate 4 during a three-year research position based at the University of Southampton.
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