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Modelling growth and reproduction of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, based on temperature, food and resource allocation amongst life history functions

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Constable, AJ and Kawaguchi, S, Modelling growth and reproduction of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, based on temperature, food and resource allocation amongst life history functions, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75, (2) pp. 738-750. ISSN 1054-3139 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 2017. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsx190

Abstract

Estimates of productivity of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, are dependent on accurate models of growth and reproduction. Incorrect growth models, specifically those giving unrealistically high production, could lead to over-exploitation of the krill population if those models are used in setting catch limits. Here we review available approaches to modelling productivity and note that existing models do not account for the interactions between growth and reproduction and variable environmental conditions. We develop a new energetics moult-cycle (EMC) model which combines energetics and the constraints on growth of the moult-cycle. This model flexibly accounts for regional, inter- and intra-annual variation in temperature, food supply, and day length. The EMC model provides results consistent with the general expectations for krill growth in length and mass, including having thin krill, as well as providing insights into the effects that increasing temperature may have on growth and reproduction. We recommend that this new model be incorporated into assessments of catch limits for Antarctic krill.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, CCAMLR, growth, krill, life history, modelling
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological Oceanography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:Constable, AJ (Dr Andrew Constable)
UTAS Author:Kawaguchi, S (Dr So Kawaguchi)
ID Code:131901
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2019-04-11
Last Modified:2019-05-10
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