Natural and land-based factors in the Guadalquivir estuary affect the abundance of anchovy in the Gulf of Cadiz (SW Spain)
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AuthorsCarvalho-Souza, GF; González-Ortegón, E; Baldó, F; Drake, P; Ramos, F; Sobrino, I; Vilas, C; Llope, M
KeywordsGulf of Cadiz
The Gulf of Cadiz socio-ecosystem is characterized by a focal ecosystem component –the estuary of the Guadalquivir River– that has an influence on the marine ecosystem –serves as a nursery area– and at the same time concentrates a great number of sectoral human activities. This nursery role particularly affects the anchovy fishery, which is the most economically and culturally important fishery in the region. As a transition zone between terrestrial and marine environments, estuaries are particularly sensitive to human activities, either developed directly at the aquatic environment or its surroundings. A dam 110 km upstream from the river mouth regulates freshwater input (mainly for agriculture purposes) into the estuary with consequences on turbidity and salinity. Using time series analysis we (1) quantify the effects that natural (plankton, temperature, winds) and anthropogenic-influenced variables (freshwater discharges, turbidity, salinity) have on the abundance of anchovy larvae ...
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