Areas where organisms accumulate during earliest life stages are prime candidates for protection.
Postdoc Kirsten Grorud-Colvert is currently investigating the effects of oceanographic fronts on the distribution of larval fishes and other plankton using the In-situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) to obtain pictures of planktonic organisms in their natural habitat. Because oceanographic fronts have the potential to accumulate fishes in the plankton during their earliest life stages, these areas are prime candidates for protection. Setting aside frontal areas in marine reserves could help to meet management goals and preserve present and future communities of fishes and other marine organisms.
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