40th Annual Larval Fish Conference

Solomons, MD

June 19 -23, 2016

The position of fish early life stages in marine food webs

Convenors: Pierre Pepin (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada) and James H Cowan (Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US)

Session description: Fish eggs and larvae start life as relatively rare components of marine food webs but become increasingly dominant nodes as they develop from lower to upper trophic levels, recognizing of course that many of the worlds most abundant and/or largest fishes feed at low trophic levels. In most species, cohort biomass initially declines as a result of high mortality rates but eventual increases as growth rates surpass losses. Trophic relationships change continuously during development, as does the sensitivity to changes in prey availability and susceptibility to predators, accepting that some larval and postlarval fishes become piscivorous at relatively small sizes. This session invites contributions that aim to better understand and integrate trophic interactions between the early life stages, their prey and predators, and the consequences of changing ecosystems to population productivity. Experimental, field, comparative meta-analyses and modelling studies can all provide insight into how early life stages affect or are affected the food web around them.

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