Reproductive Behavior and Recruitment in Marine Fishes: Emerging Understanding and Future Needs*
Our knowledge of reproductive and recruitment processes has greatly improved in recent years. Technological advances in tagging, otolith microchemistry, and acoustic monitoring have lead to an increased understanding of spawning migrations and spawning site selection and fidelity. Similarly, a number of recent advances in hydrodynamic ocean models and in biophysical modeling approaches – and in the computational power to link the two – allow simulation of actual recruitment events, which can give us a more complete understanding of how environmental processes drive recruitment strength.
Objectives of this symposium will address the theme: “From Fisheries Research to Management: Think and Act Locally and Globally” by: (1) bringing together a group of international scientists working on different species and aspects of the stock recruitment paradigm; (2) improving our understanding of reproductive dynamics; and (3) developing a more comprehensive view of the factors that drive stock productivity in marine fishes, with the goal of incorporating these findings into management.