Distribution of commercial fish species

Biodiversity
Typography

During the last warming period (1998-2011) distinct trends in abundance of fish species from different zoogeographic groups were observed. Abundance of cold-water fish species (arctic, mainly arctic and arcto-boreal groups) decreased from 2000-2001 to 2010. But since 2011, slight increases in abundance of these groups have been observed.

 

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1 Anglerfish Melanocetus johnsonii distribution - [quick look] Blue whiting Micromesistius poutassou juvenile area - [quick look] Blue whiting Micromesistius poutassou distribution - [quick look]
2 Capelin Mallotus villosus spawning area Capelin Mallotus villosus feeding area Capelin Mallotus villosus winter area
3 Coastal cod north of 62dg Gadus morhua spawning area Coastal cod north of 62dg Gadus morhua distribution Lumpsucker Cyclopterus lumpus spawning area
4 Lumpsucker Cyclopterus lumpus distribution Deepwater redfish Sebastes mentella spawning area Deepwater redfish Sebastes mentella distribution
5 Blackmouth catshark Galeus melastomus distribution Golden redfish Sebastes norvegicus spawning areas Golden redfish Sebastes norvegicus distribution
6 Goldsinny wrasse Ctenolabrus rupestris distribution Greater forkbeard Phycis blennoides distribution Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides adult area
7 Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides juvenile area Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides spawning area Greenland halibut Reinhardtius hippoglossoides distribution
8 Greenland shark Somniosus microcephalus distribution Haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus spawning Haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus distribution
9 Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus spawning Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus distribution Atlantic herring Clupea harengus juvenile area
10 Atlantic herring Clupea harengus adult area Atlantic herring Clupea harengus spawning area Atlantic herring Clupea harengus feeding area
11 Atlantic horse mackerel Trachurus trachurus distribution Porbeagle Lamna nasus distribution Common ling Molva molva distribution
12 Atlantic mackerel Scomber scombrus distribution Roughhead grenadier Macrourus berglax distribution North East Arctic Saithe Pollachius virens juvenile (1-3 yrs)
13 North East Arctic saithe Pollachius virens spawning area North East Arctic saithe Pollachius virens feeding area North East arctic cod Gadus morhua spawning area
14 North East arctic cod Gadus morhua juvenile area North East arctic cod Gadus morhua winter area North East arctic cod Gadus morhua feeding area
15 Norway pout Trisopterus esmarkii distribution Polar cod Boreogadus saida spawning area Polar cod Boreogadus saida distribution
16 Roundnose grenadier Coryphaenoides rupestris distribution Spurdog Squalus acanthias distribution Tusk Brosme brosme distribution
17 Velvet belly Etmopterus spinax distribution    

During the last warming period (1998-2011) distinct trends in abundance of fish species from different zoogeographic groups were observed. Abundance of cold-water fish species (arctic, mainly arctic and arcto-boreal groups) decreased from 2000-2001 to 2010. But since 2011, slight increases in abundance of these groups have been observed.

At the same time abundance of warm-water (boreal, mainly boreal, southern boreal and widely distributed groups) fish species have trended to increase.

The highest abundance was observed in 2001-2004 and 2008-2010. Since 2008 a clear tendency to decrease has been observed for these groups. However, as mentioned above, the abundance of blue whiting increased again in 2012.