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Estimate the optimal microturbulence and wind speed for the survival of yellowfin larvae and examine any association between yellowfin recruitment and historical wind speeds in the EPO
  • Studies have shown that feeding success and survival of marine fish larvae can be influenced by the levels of wind-induced microturbulence in the larval feeding environment
  • Multiple experiments were conducted over 4 years to examine microturbulence effects on yellowfin larval survival, and optimal turbulence estimates for larval survival were converted to optimal wind speeds
  • Estimated optimal wind speeds for larval survival have been examined for correlations with yellowfin recruitment during 1987-2007
Relevance for management
The wind speed-recruitment analysis is promising for assessing yellowfin recruitment patterns in relation to larval survival
24 months
Workplan and status
  • June-December 2019: Refine analyses of survival and feeding data and finalize wind speed-recruitment analysis
  • January-December 2021: Complete manuscript and submit to scientific journal
External collaborators
University of Tokyo
  • Presentations for SAC-09, SAC-10 and SAC-11
  • Publication of results in a scientific journal
Updated date: 01 Mar 2023
Progress summary for the reporting period
  • Analysis of experimental survival and feeding data in response to microturbulence completed.
  • Feeding parameters examined in relation to microturbulence included average prey and biomass consumption and size of prey captured.
  • A meeting with Dr. Shingo Kimura at University of Tokyo in August 2019 included adjustments and improvements to the final modeling of the experimental turbulence results.
  • During 2022 the experimental analysis of larval feeding responses to microturbulence was expanded
  • A manuscript summarizing experimental estimates of optimal microturbulence and a wind speed-recruitment analysis of select areas of the EPO is nearing completion
Challenges and key lessons learnt
Measuring microturbulence in experimental tanks is difficult on a scale that is relevant to the foraging environment of larval yellowfin. This was addressed by using a microacoustic doppler velocimeter (ADV) to measure turbulent dissipation rates in the tanks at microscale (5 mm x 5 mm) precision; they were also estimated using a small-scale (m3 ) model developed by a colleague at the University of Tokyo
Presentation at SAC-10 and SAC-11
Presentation at 45th Larval Fish Conference, August 2022
This project will be completed with the submission of a manuscript by late 2023.