Age-related trends in otolith chemistry of Merluccius merluccius from the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and the western Mediterranean Sea

Beatriz Morales-Nin, Sarah Swan, John D M Gordon, M Palmer, Audrey J. Geffen, Tracy Shimmield, Terrie T Sawyer

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Abstract

Sagittal otoliths of European hake obtained from five geographic locations in the north-eastern Atlantic and western Mediterranean were examined using laser ablation and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Otolith sections were analysed for the isotopes Mg-24, Mn-55, Zn-66, Rb-85, Sr-86, Ba-138 and Pb-208, measured relative to Ca-43 counts. These analyses considered only age 0 ( core area) and ages 1 to 3. Age-related trends in otolith elemental composition were observed in hake from all areas, but were masked by variability between locations. Elemental concentrations generally decreased outside the core, with some increase at age 3. The composition of the otolith core was very distinct from that of the other growth increments. In the Mediterranean, part of this differentiation was a result of Mn, which was present in the core at high concentrations compared with the rest of the otolith. Mediterranean otoliths also had higher concentrations of Sr, Zn and Ba in the core. For most samples a similar trend was observed, although samples from one of the Mediterranean areas showed some differences, mainly in the concentrations of Mg and Sr. These results provide new empirical evidence of the variation in elemental concentrations across hake otoliths with age, at least throughout the first 3 years of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-607
Number of pages9
JournalMAR FRESHWATER RES
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • MICROCHEMISTRY
  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • GULF
  • LASER-ABLATION ICPMS
  • Limnology
  • IDENTIFICATION
  • Oceanography
  • ELEMENTAL COMPOSITION
  • LIONS
  • Fisheries
  • FISH OTOLITHS
  • EUROPEAN HAKE
  • GROWTH
  • LIFE-HISTORY

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