Regional Fisheries Oceanography of the California Current by Sam McClatchie

By Sam McClatchie

The California present procedure is among the top studied ocean areas of the area, and the extent of oceanographic info on hand is likely to be simply passed by way of the northeast and northwest Atlantic. the present literature (later than 1993) deals no finished, built-in evaluation of the neighborhood fisheries oceanography of the California present System.

This quantity summarizes info of greater than 60-year California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries research (CalCOFI). whereas supplying a wide bibliography, the motive used to be to extract issues suitable to present study instead of to organize a compendious evaluation of the literature.

The paintings provides an invaluable evaluate and reference element for multidisciplinary fisheries scientists and organic oceanographers new to operating within the California present method, and to experts wishing to entry details outdoors their center parts of craftsmanship. additionally it goals to carry an up to the moment connection with the present nation of information of fisheries oceanography within the California present method.

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Tanner Bank, rising up to 20 m on the Santa Rosa Ridge, separates the offshore and inshore flows of the eddy [339]. The eastward, onshore-directed flow is associated with mesoscale eddies and a strong east-west frontal zone referred to as the Ensenada Front [114] (see Sect. 2). As the flow approaches the coast, it splits into two branches; one flowing northward along the coast in the Southern California Bight and the other flowing southward along the coast of northern Baja California [114]. In late fall (October–November), the nearshore (out to ~150 km) undergoes a seasonal transition to conditions where surface (upper 300 m) flow becomes poleward.

20, and when the series is negative there is anomalously low zooplankton throughout the region [477], with the highest variability occurring in the region shown in Fig. 20. As demonstrated by earlier work [107] the zooplankton anomalies are significantly correlated with both the index of current flow (Fig. 21b) and with average corrected sea level height (Fig. 21a) [477]. The correlations are highest when advection lags sea level by three months, the zooplankton anomaly lags advection by two months (and consequently zooplankton anomaly lags sea level by five months) [477].

In fact, they are negatively correlated (Fig. 18a and c). While salinity does increase with depth, a clear signal of the California Current is the low salinity tongue, clearly defined at 50 m depth and extending southward in offshore waters [477]. Stronger advection is associated with lower salinities (Fig. e. the negative correlation) (Fig. 18a and c). e. zooplankton was positively correlated with salinity rather than the reverse, which is more usually the case). The results of the studies described above explain the importance of advection to zooplankton production in the California Current System, but they do not distinguish between 16 18 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 TIME LAGS IN MONTHS production due to advection of zooplankton from the north, or alternatively, in situ production following the injection of nutrients from the north by the California Current.

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