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Wise L.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar | Murta A.G.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar | Carvalho J.P.,INESC ID | Carvalho J.P.,University of Lisbon | Mesquita M.,Instituto Superior Of Agronomia Utl And Cio Fcul
Ecological Modelling | Year: 2012

As managers and fishery scientists become increasingly aware of the need to understand fishermens' behaviour when faced with new management strategies, there is a growing need to develop models that describe their decision-making processes and tools that are able to simulate the possible outcomes of alternative management scenarios. This paper shows how data collected on board fishing vessels, a source of data currently available for many fleets and fisheries around the world, can be combined with Rule Based Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, a modelling technique that is able to deal with both quantitative and qualitative data. Results show that the presented model is able to replicate with a reasonably precision the behaviour of a pelagic fishery. Results and the potential of Rule-Based Fuzzy Cognitive Maps to predict fisher's behaviour are discussed. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Custodio P.J.,University of Lisbon | Pessanha S.,University of Lisbon | Pereira C.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar | Carvalho M.L.,University of Lisbon | Nunes M.L.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar
Food Chemistry | Year: 2011

The purpose of this work is to compare the elemental content of samples of wild and farmed fish from four different Portuguese locations.Samples of Gilthead Bream and Sea Bass were gathered at fish farms and docks of four of the most important Portuguese harbours. These species were chosen because they are very important from both the economic and consumers points of view.In order to obtain the elemental content of the essential and toxic elements present in the samples, two elemental techniques were used EDXRF and FAAS. No significant differences were found in what concerns the essential elements. Regarding toxic elements, higher concentrations of Cd, Hg and Pb were systematically found between the samples of a given fish farming industry and the fish caught in the sea in the same region. Despite these differences, no values above the recommended regulations were found. © 2010.

Serra-Pereira B.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar | Figueiredo I.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar
Marine and Coastal Fisheries | Year: 2011

There is a need for a unified terminology to describe reproductive phase assignment across fish taxa, regardless of the reproductive strategy involved. Reproductive terminology already adopted for teleosts has been applied to oviparous elasmobranchs of both sexes. A historical review of the terminologies used by previous authors and how these correspond to the new terminology is presented. Five reproductive phases are considered: immature, developing, spawning capable (which includes an actively spawning subphase), regressing, and regenerating. By using an oviparous elasmobranch, the thornback ray Raja clavata, as an example, the different phases are described based on both macroscopic and microscopic features of the reproductive tract, including the ovaries, oviducal glands, and uterus in females and the testes, claspers, and sperm ducts in males. The regressing phase was observed in females, but the regenerating phase was not; neither of these two phases was observed in males. Records from other species suggest that all five reproductive phases can be found in oviparous elasmobranchs, depending on the reproductive strategy of the species. © American Fisheries Society 2011.

Castro N.,University of Lisbon | Castro N.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar | Costa J.L.,University of Lisbon | Domingos I.,University of Lisbon | Angelico M.M.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom | Year: 2013

The diets and trophic ecology of the dominant fish species from the marine coastal region of Aveiro (north-western Portugal) caught during a summer survey were studied. Mysids were the most important prey group for the fish assemblage analysed. As a consequence, there was a high dietary overlap between species and a low incidence of piscivory. Nevertheless, a clear segregation of trophic niches was observed, with one group (comprising the species Chelidonichthys cuculus, Callionymus lyra, Dicologlossa cuneata and Pomatoschistus lozanoi) showing a stronger preference for infaunal epibenthic prey, such as polychaetes and amphipods, another group (including Arnoglossus imperialis, Arnoglossus laterna, Chelidonichthys obscurus, Chelidonichthys lucernus, Echiichthys vipera, Pagellus acarne and Trisopterus luscus) preying mostly upon suprabenthic prey, mainly mysids, and a third group (Engraulis encrasicolus and Trachurus trachurus) feeding largely on planktonic prey like copepods. Some species, including A. imperialis, C. lyra, E. vipera, T. trachurus and T. luscus, showed ontogenic diet shifts that may be related to the habitat occupied by different size-classes and/or to their ability to capture prey of different size. © 2012 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

Almeida C.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar | Soares F.,Institute Investigacao das Pescas e do Mar
Marine Pollution Bulletin | Year: 2012

The microbiological pollution of coastal waters is a major problem, especially in shellfish areas. This article shows the faecal contamination in bivalves from the Ria Formosa Lagoon (south coast of Portugal) along 20. years (1990-2009). The highest values of Escherichia coli in bivalves were obtained during the 90s, related with the discharge of untreated wastewaters and agricultural runoff. In the 2000s contamination levels decreased, with 83% of the population already served by new or remodelled sewage treatment plants. The highest levels were found in bivalves close to the largest city, where punctual and diffuse contamination sources still exist. Bivalves from the less impacted site showed the lowest contamination, an area with more water renewal. Seasonally, the highest levels were in autumn and winter, due to the runoff of waters from rainfall. These were opposite to those in spring and summer, when the highest temperatures and salinity showed a bactericidal effect. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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