Reconstructing stock size of Norwegian spring spawning herring and blue whiting during the 19th –20th century (HERCENT)

In this project, the population size of NVG herring and blue whiting is estimated back to the 18th and 19th centuries from pilot whale catches, seabird data and growth chronologies of Arctica islandica.

The project results will improve the management of these stocks significant and benefit and increase knowledge of the interplay between pelagic fish species in the North-east Atlantic Ocean and their response to climate and climate change.

The project has concluded an analyses the chronology and lifespan of the Arctica Islandica species, coming from an area east of the Faroe Islands. The chronology goes 182 years back in time, and the studies show that the majority of the clam is between 100 and 150 years. Read more here.

Applicant: Havstovan (Faroe Marine Research Institute)

Countries: Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway

Project start 2014, expected to be finalized in 2016.

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