W RK PACKAGE 3
Theme: Fine-scale Mapping
Integrating fine-scale seafloor mapping into the assessment & management of benthic fisheries for environmentally conditioned advice
Given current climatic trends and growing human populations, Work Project 3 (WP3) focuses on introducing fine scale seafloor information into the quantification of species-substrate relationships to predict more accurately responses to changes in sediment transport regime and to fishing pressures. WP 3.1 and 3.2 will focus on the same geographic area (Bay of Fundy) and field activities will be coordinated between the WPs to make efficient use of ship time. As species respond to environmental drivers at a range of scales, WP3 results will have close links to the broad-scale analyses carried out in WP2, and down-scaling approaches developed may help bridge the gap between the resolutions at which environmental variables can be mapped and the scales at which they drive biological spatial patterns. Previously collected datasets and new data collected under WP 3.1 and 3.2 as well as deployments of the technologies examined in WP4, will provide exciting video content to create new resource material as disseminated through Ocean School.