Funding Type: EPA STRIVE Programme 2007 - 2013
Funding Year: 2007
Project Duration: 36 Months
Project Type: PhD Scholarship
Total Grant-Aid: €95,000
Lead Partner: Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
A model of juvenile flatfish habitat requirements will be developed using field surveys and controlled experiments. Distribution and abundance of juvenile flatfish (e.g. plaice, flounder and turbot) will be assessed in relation to biotic (predator/prey abundance) and abiotic (sediment size, organic content, temperature, depth, salinity) habitat features within the greater Galway Bay area. GIS and statistical models will be used to create habitat maps and characterise “essential fish habitat” for these species. Habitat features associated with optimal growth will be identified using otolith growth rates and morphometric condition indices. The effect of key habitat features on habitat use and growth will be assessed in a series of controlled laboratory experiments.
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