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Advanced Search Abstract Unlike many temperate marine species that alter spatial or depth distributions in response to environmental change, tilefish Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps has such specific habitat requirements that off the coast of New England, USA, it is restricted to the normally warm-water, upper continental shelf slope, where it excavates and occupies burrows.
Intens of millions of adult tilefish died suddenly following the intrusion of lethally cold Subarctic water into the tilefish habitat.
Here we show that the same climate driver implicated in the event the North Atlantic Oscillation: NAO has also affected commercial tilefish landings throughout most of the 20th century by altering slope water temperatures and likely the tilefish's reproductive success.
We also show that this temperature—landings relationship broke down in the s coincident with dramatically increased exploitation. Reconstructions of decadal to millennial scale variations in slope water temperatures explain why no mass mortality occurred following the negative NAO anomaly, despite being similar in magnitude to the NAO anomaly that preceded the event.
In the context of climate change, responses should be most strongly reflected in those species exhibiting narrow physiological ranges of tolerance and occupying ecosystems fixed in space, such as lakes Williamson et al.
In contrast, as a consequence of their relatively wide range of temperature tolerances, temperate marine species have generally been observed to adapt to changes in ocean temperature by shifting their spatial distributions on a variety of time-scales Perry et al. La Sorte and Jetz, For this reason, temperate marine species are less likely to be constrained by changes in the quality or quantity of habitats in response to changes in climate regimes than species with more restricted or specific local habitat requirements.
Here we revisit the s environmental events off the Mid-Atlantic Bight and southern New England region of the USA linked to the near extinction of tilefish Lopholatilus chamaeleonticepsa species with very specific and localized habitat features at its northern range limit.
We then examine the ongoing influence of ocean climate on the regional tilefish population to illustrate how ocean climate has influenced fishery landings over much of the past century.
The tilefish is a large-bodied, burrowing, highly sedentary species of tropical origin Able et al. Given their size up to 23 kgthe high quality of their flesh, and confirmation of their apparent abundance by scientific surveys, the development of a fishery for tilefish was immediately promoted by the fledgling US Fish Commission that might compensate for the serious decline of other coastal and shelf fisheries Collins, ; Tarr, View large Download slide Depiction of the mechanism leading to the thermal alteration of the tilefish habitat off the coast of southern New England.
Three years later, in the spring oftilefish experienced one of the largest mass mortalities ever recorded for a vertebrate species Collins, ; Bumpus, ; Reed et al.
Transatlantic vessels reported an estimated 72 million to 1. Given the excellent condition of the dead fish and the coincident unusual southern occurrence of drifting ice and other environmental anomalies Tarr,the cause of the rapid, synchronous and widespread die-off was hypothesized to have been an unusual intrusion of cold water, lethal to the sedentary, warm-water-adapted tilefish, onto the upper shelf slope Collins, Intensive annual surveys of the former tilefish habitat followed without success, and the species was provisionally placed on a list of extinct animals.
Tilefish have been commercially exploited along their narrow shelf-slope range since that time. View large Download slide Long-term variations in tilefish landings and climate indexes.
The estimates of virgin biomass lost are based on extrapolations from the numbers and extent of dead tilefish reported at the scene Collins, ; Tarr, On a longer time-scale, examination of ice cores from Greenland has shown that the NAO index was at its lowest in years during the s Appenzeller et al.
Climate reconstructions and oxygen stable isotope analyses of long-lived bivalves collected from the region of the tilefish habitat corroborated the presence of extreme cold water conditions on the Mid-Atlantic Shelf in the early s Marsh et al. These findings led Marsh et al. Enhanced resolution of the timing and spatial structure of contemporary atmosphere—ocean connections associated with the NAO have revealed a 1—2 year lag between negative NAO anomalies and cooler slope-water conditions off the coast of New England Marsh et al.
This insight, together with an increased knowledge of the extreme specificity of tilefish thermal and substrate habitat requirements Able et al. View large Download slide Representation of possible mechanisms through which the NAO influences tilefish population dynamics.
Material and methods Biological data Due to their burrowing behaviour Able et al. We largely confined our analyses to the first six decades — of the landings time-series, during which the fishery was artisanal, largely carried out by longline and some small trawlers, with no restrictions on landings or spatio-temporal closures.Collin Zeng HMS Challenger Journal of a Scientist November 17, The weather is terrible.
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