Research Document - 2008/013

State of physical, biological, and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems

Jim Irvine and Bill Crawford (Editors)

Abstract

This report is the ninth in an annual series describing the state of physical, biological, and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems. This region has seen dramatic changes in atmospheric and oceanic conditions over these years, all of which affect resident and migratory marine populations in B.C., many of which are of significant commercial importance. Monitoring and reporting on these conditions annually provides a brief synopsis of their present state and how they are changing, and how these changes might affect commercial and non-commercial living resources in this region. Cool winter conditions in 2007 benefited some species that thrive in cooler waters, but there will be time lags before we see these benefits for others, particularly longer-lived species.

The information in this report is based on the contributions of more than 40 experts from several scientific disciplines (Appendix 2). The workshop was held at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo on February 25 2008. Participants are members of the Fisheries and Oceans Working Group, supported by the Centre for Science Advice – Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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