Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alan Jamieson,
Dr Thomas Linley
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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. Deep-sea demersal fish surveys using baited cameras were undertaken in the West African oil provinces between 1297 m and 2453 m depth in 2002, 2005 and 2008. A total of 29 deployments amounting to 16,175 images encountered 31 species of bait attending deep-sea fish from 17 families. The extrapolated species richness was 34, indicating that the survey encountered over 90% of bait attending fish species in this area. The dominant species in the area were the morid Antimora rostrata, the synaphobranchids Synaphobranchus cf. kaupii and Simenchelys parasitica, the somniosid Centroscymnus coelolepis and the zoarcid Pachycara crassiceps. An unusually high diversity of bait attending macrourids was observed in addition to patchy aggregations of zoarcids. This study serves as baseline survey data on which to base future long-term environmental monitoring of fish populations in the vicinity of the West African oil provinces.
Author(s): Jamieson AJ, Linley TD, Craig J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Marine Environmental Research
Print publication date: 01/08/2017
Online publication date: 16/06/2017
Acceptance date: 30/05/2017
Date deposited: 14/08/2017
ISSN (print): 0141-1136
ISSN (electronic): 1879-0291
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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