ESSAS - Ecosystem Studies of Subarctic and Arctic Seas

Recent decline of northern shrimp stocks in the Northwest Atlantic – Coincidence, multiple causes or response to synchronous changes in the environment?

Featured Research: After a period of record high catches, stock size of almost all Northwest Atlantic populations of northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) has declined. This has been accompanied by a warmer ocean climate and, in some areas, by an increase of major predator abundance and raised concerns in the coastal states about the fishing possibilities on this valuable resource in the near future.

Northern shrimp populations in the Norwest Atlantic considered in detail by the NAFO/ICES Pandalus Assessment Group (NIPAG) are located in East and West Greenland waters, at the Flemish Cap (NAFO division 3M) and on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland.

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Benjamin Planque
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway

Franz Mueter
University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Naomi Harada
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
Kashiwa, Japan