Chapter One – The Falkland Islands marine ecosystem: A review of the seasonal dynamics and trophic interactions across the food web

The Falkland Islands marine environment host a mix of temperate and subantarctic species. This review synthesizes baseline information regarding ontogenetic migration patterns and trophic interactions in relation to oceanographic dynamics of the Falkland Shelf, which is useful to inform ecosystem modelling. Many species are strongly influenced by regional oceanographic dynamics that bring together different water masses, resulting in high primary production which supports high biomass in the rest of the food web. Further, many species, including those of commercial interest, show complex ontogenetic migrations that separate spawning, nursing, and feeding grounds spatially and temporally, producing food web connections across space and time. The oceanographic and biological dynamics may make the ecosystem vulnerable to climatic changes in temperature and shifts in the surrounding area. The Falkland marine ecosystem has been understudied and various functional groups, deep-sea habitats and inshore-offshore connections are poorly understood and should be priorities for further research.


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Authors: van der Grient, Jesse, Morley, Simon ORCIDORCID record for Simon Morley, Arkhipkin, Alexander, Bates, James, Baylis, Alastair, Brewin, Paul, Harte, Michael, White, J. Wilson, Brickle, Paul

Editors: Sheppard, Charles

On this site: Simon Morley
25 May, 2023
In: Sheppard, Charles (eds.). Advances in Marine Biology - Volume 94, Elsevier, 68 pp.
68pp / 1-68
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