SAIAB Features » Larval Fish Ecology in the coastal nearshore

By Dr Paula Pattrick

Sampling of the coastal nearshore Larva of Argyrosomus inodorus Bongo net sampling of Fronts

The coastal waters along our shores serve as an important environment for fish larvae. The successful development and growth of fishes in their early stages is largely determined by the characteristics of the water in which they are found. In the face of global change, eco-physiology studies play a major role in assessing the effect of climate change on the distribution of marine organisms based on an organism’s physiological limits.

Dr Paula Pattrick is a PDP Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SAIAB. Her research interests broadly include the early life stages of temperate fishes and invertebrates. Of her current research, which looks at environmental variables and ocean features at a micro-level, she says: "If we can describe larval fish distribution at fine scales in different places along the coast, we can find out important information about their position in the food chain, how widely and where they are found, their survival and how they group together."

Paula's project is funded by the ACEP Open Call

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