Variation of Ichthyoplankton Density Across the Kuroshio Edge Exchange Area with Implications as to the Water Masses

Abstract

Ichthyoplankton in a water column off north-eastern Taiwan, an area referred to as the Kuroshio edge exchange area, was sampled using a conical ichthyoplankton net on board R/V Ocean Research I. The purpose of this survey was to understand the ichthyoplankton community structure and its linkage with the Kurishio edge exchange process. This preliminary analysis illustrates the spatial density distribution of fish eggs, ichthyoplankton and an incidental catch of zooplankton. Biological densities and their linkage with the hydrological variables were also analyzed.

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