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Linefish larvae and the Agulhas Current

Beckley, L.E. (1993) Linefish larvae and the Agulhas Current. In: Beckley, L.E. and van der Elst, R.P., (eds.) Fish, fishers and fisheries Proceedings of the second South African marine linefish symposium, Durban, 23 - 24 October 1992. Oceanographic Research Institute, Durban, South Africa, pp. 57-63.

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Biological studies on several linefish species have revealed annual northward spawning migrations of adult fish from Cape to Natal waters. Juveniles of these species are encountered in inshore nursery areas in the Cape and in several papers spanning nearly two decades it has been suggested that the Agulhas Current is the mechanism responsible for the southward dispersal of the early life history stages of these species. In 1990 a SEFREF funded project commenced to study the ichthyoplankton along the east coast with the objective of testing the hypothesis that linefish larvae drift south in the Agulhas Current.

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Publisher: Oceanographic Research Institute
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