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TitleMapping of ecological functions on the Flemish Cap (northwest Atlantic)
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AuthorNurillo, F J; Kenchington, E; Bouchard Marmen, M; Koen-Alonso, M; Sacau, M; Duran Muñoz, P
SourceProgram and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; by Todd, B JORCID logo; Brown, C J; Lacharité, M; Gazzola, V; McCormack, E; Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8295, 2017 p. 88, Open Access logo Open Access
LinksGeoHab 2017
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Meeting2017 GeoHab: Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping; Dartmouth, NS; CA; May 1-4, 2017
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Program and abstracts: 2017 GeoHab Conference, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
File formatpdf
ProvinceEastern offshore region; Newfoundland and Labrador
AreaFlemish Cap; Atlantic Ocean
Lat/Long WENS -47.0000 -43.0000 49.0000 46.0000
Subjectsmarine geology; surficial geology/geomorphology; environmental geology; geophysics; Nature and Environment; mapping techniques; oceanography; marine environments; coastal studies; conservation; marine organisms; marine ecology; resource management; biological communities; environmental studies; ecosystems; benthos; invertebrates; Biology; Fisheries; Fisheries management; Fisheries resources; Climate change
ProgramOffshore Geoscience
Released2017 09 26
AbstractEcosystem Approaches to Fisheries (EAF) are seen as essential for sustaining fish stocks and fisheries over the long-term, and require the integration of ecosystem components, typically through multivariate and multifunction analyses. Large scale functional maps showing the distribution of organisms with particular biological traits (e.g., deposit feeders, filter feeders, biogenic engineers, carbon sequesters, etc.) can provide a detailed spatial framework for incorporating benthic ecosystem function into an ecosystem services framework.
Building on this experience, here we propose that combining biological traits analyses (BTA) with seabed mapping can be used to identify areas according to dominant ecological function, which can provide a detailed spatial framework for considering ecosystem services within the overall EAF. Furthermore, identification of the environmental determinants for each function could allow evaluating responses of the function to fishing and future climate change.
Based on the epibenthic invertebrate fauna from a bottom trawl research survey targeting groundfish in the Flemish Cap area (northwest Atlantic), functional maps with particular biological traits have been elaborated. The different ecological functions or ecosystem services represented on these maps can be used, for example, to identify areas where biogenic process could represent an important regulator and driver of overall benthic productivity versus areas where physical factors may be more relevant for driving overall benthic production or they can help to identify areas where ecosystem changes may have happened. These types of maps can be incorporated into the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Roadmap as part of the assessment of ecosystem sustainability to achieve an EAF.
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The sixteenth annual GeoHab Conference was held this year (2017) at the Waterfront Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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