Overview of the Spanish fisheries in the Patagonian Shelf
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Autor/esPortela, J. (Julio); Arkhipkin, A. (Alexander); Agnew, D. (David); Pierce, G.J. (Graham John); Fuertes, J.R. (José Ramón); Otero, M. (Montserrat); Bellido-Millán, J.M. (José María); Middleton, D. (David); Hill, S. (Simeon); Wang, J. (Jianjun); Ulloa, E. (Edelmiro); Tato, V. (Vicente); Pompert, J. (Joost); Santos, M.B. (María Begoña)
Palabras claveSouth West Atlantic
Spanish fishing fleet
The fishing grounds of the Patagonian Shelf support some of the most important fisheries in the world. The great abundance of marine resources among parallels 35º and 54º South, is associated with the Subtropical Convergence formed by the Brazil and Falkland/Malvinas currents. The mixing of the flow of La Plata River and the western branch of the Falkland/Malvinas Current generates areas of high plankton production on the shelf. Hakes (Merluccius hubbsi and Merluccius australis) and cephalopods (Illex argentinus and Loligo gahi) have been found the main commercial species, with important amounts of accompanying species in the catches such as Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides), Kingclip (Genypterus blacodes), Hoki (Macruronus magellanicus), Red cod (Salilota australis), Southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis), etc. These fisheries are currently among the most important to the Spanish bottom trawler freezing fleet that has around 40 vessels fishing in this area, ...
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