Henrique Cabral

Henrique Cabral
French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE) | INRAE · AQUA

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Introduction
I am a senior researcher (Directeur de Recherche) at INRAE, in France. I was a Full Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) (1997-2018), and Director of MARE – Marine and Envioronmental Sciences Centre (2015-2017) and Centre of Oceanography (2012-2014), in Portugal). My main current research interests are global change impacts on estuarine and coastal systems.

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Contamination of surface waters by pharmaceuticals is an emerging problem globally. This is because the increased access and use of pharmaceuticals by a growing world population lead to environmental contamination, threatening non-target species in their natural environment. Of particular concern are neuroactive pharmaceuticals, which are known to...
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We used the Ecopath with Ecosim ecosystem model to assess the future effects of multiple stressors on sardine and the Portuguese continental shelf ecosystem. We assessed individual and combined impacts of changes in sardine fishing pressure, biomass of sardine competitors and predators and sea surface temperature (SST). This study demonstrated that...
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Although dating back thousands of years, aquaculture has only recently experienced great development worldwide. It is unclear when aquaculture practices began, but findings over the years suggest the activity has existed for centuries. The first steps in this production may date back to the Neolithic age, around 4000 B.C., focusing on trapping aqua...
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Marine ecosystems are affected by diverse pressures and consequently may undergo significant changes that can be interpreted as regime shifts. In this study we used integrated trend analysis (ITA) that combines multivariate statistics and methodologies to identify abrupt changes in time-series, in order to test a hypothesis about the occurrence of...
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The Ecopath food web model that describes the Portuguese continental shelf ecosystem was fitted to available time series to investigate the ecosystem dynamics and decline of the Portuguese sardine stock. Our results showed that the Portuguese continental shelf ecosystem model is a good predictor of biomass and catch time-series trends for many spec...
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The implementation of food web criteria in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive context faces several difficulties, namely the lack of data for relevant taxa, the absence of operational indicators, and spatially and temporally limited datasets. This work aims to identify ecologically relevant scales in the Celtic Seas (CS) and the Bay of Biscay...
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Global warming is one of the major causes of reef coral ecosystems’ degradation. Predictions of further rise in sea surface temperatures call for urgent action. In this study, a holistic method for bio-monitoring heat stress in reef ecosystems was tested and optimized. Long-term induction of antioxidant enzymes and oxidative stress by elevated temp...
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We characterized the transport pathways of pharmaceuticals released from wastewater outfalls in one of Europe's largest estuarine systems (Tagus estuary, Portugal), to identify areas of ecological relevance prone to environmental degradation due to increased exposure to these emerging contaminants. Particle source, Lagrangian trajectories and arriv...
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The current study aimed at characterizing the marine news in a Portuguese quality newspaper between October 2002 and December 2010. The search for keywords related to the marine environment resulted in the collection of 1309 news items, with a mean number of 13.22 news per month. These modest values seem to be related to the low public interest and...
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The beach‐seine fishery is a commercial fishing activity on the Portuguese coast, with reports dating as far back as the early 15th century. The main target species of this fishery are small pelagic fish such as Atlantic chub mackerel, Atlantic horse mackerel and sardine. To identify the best conditions for fishing the target‐species, catches of be...
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Pharmaceutical compounds are continuously released into the aquatic environment, resulting in their ubiquitous presence in many estuarine and coastal systems. As pharmaceuticals are designed to produce effects at very low concentrations and target specific evolutionary conserved pathways, there are growing concerns over their potential deleterious...
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European Union Member States have made an unprecedent effort to implement the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). However, the coherent assessment of Europe’s marine waters towards Good Environmental Status is yet to be achieved. This work analysed the implementation level and time scales used to report biodiversity criteria in the 1st MSFD...
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Benthic macroinvertebrate communities are highly variable, but play a key role in estuarine and lagoonal environments, even at small spatial scales, related to: i) their high productivity; ii) implementation of monitoring plans; iii) application of ecological quality assessment tools. The understanding of benthos distribution patterns is relevant t...
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The development and operationalization of Food-web indicators Descriptor 4 - Food-webs) in the MSFD context faces several difficulties, such as: lack of data for relevant taxa, absence of fully operational indicators, spatially and temporally limited datasets. This work aims to improve methodologies used to assess Food-webs by identifying relevant...
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Coastal areas have been increasingly affected by human activities, marine pollution and climate change are among the most important pressures affecting these environments. Human-induced pressures occur in a cumulative way and generate additive, antagonistic or synergistic effects. Knowledge on synergistic effects is crucial to coastal zone manageme...
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Current climate warming trends call for continuous biomonitoring of thermal stress in situ in tropical areas. The categorization and mapping of vulnerable species and prioritization of conservation actions are essential for the maintenance of functional biodiversity in these habitats. However, a lack of integrative approaches addressing thermal com...
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Global warming is leading to both increases in frequency and intensity of tropical storms, with consequent salinity decrease at shallow reef areas, but also to mass bleaching events and mortality of reef-building corals around the world. Tropical storms can help reef-building corals to reproduce through fragmentation, allowing their expansion throu...
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The El Niño phenomenon refers to a warming of the tropical Pacific basin whose meteorological effects influence the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems around the world. Prior studies have shown that strong El Niño events are highly correlated with high rainfall episodes and high freshwater discharge into subtropical estuaries, with subsequent changes i...
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Global warming is leading to increases in tropical storms' frequency and intensity, allowing fragmentation of reef-forming coral species, but also to coral bleaching and mortality. The first level of organism's response to an environmental perturbation occurs at the cellular level. This study investigated the long-term oxidative stress on fragments...
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Climate change, particularly ocean warming, is thought to benefit the spread of invasive species due to their increased tolerance to temperature fluctuations as compared to native species. The physiological tolerance of invasive species as a potential mechanism driving invasion success is therefore a subject that merits further study. Specifically,...
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The nutritional value and developmental variations of cultured fish were assessed for European seabass and gilthead seabream specimens reared in semi-intensive aquaculture systems in two Portuguese estuaries. Quantification of total protein and of carbohydrate and fatty acid profiles was carried out to determine differences between the composition...
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Environmental change often combined with selective harvesting has profound and diverse impacts on marine fish populations. Unlocking the biological consequences of these effects on wild fish is notoriously challenging, especially in highly productive but naturally variable systems with uncertain futures such as Eastern Boundary current systems. Her...
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Antidepressants such as fluoxetine are frequently detected in estuaries and can have profound effects on non-target organisms by interfering with the neural system and affecting essential physiological processes and behaviours. In this context, short-term effects of fluoxetine exposure were analysed in the common goby Pomatoschistus microps, an est...
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Estuaries are renown sinks or repositories of contaminants and reflect historical pollution of persistent compounds. In particular, mercury (Hg) contamination is widespread in coastal environments and occurs in both inorganic (THg) and highly toxic organic forms (OHg) with high bioaccumulation potential. Trophic magnification factors have been incr...
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Species distribution models (SDMs) relate presence/absence data to environmental variables, allowing to predict species environmental requirements and potential distribution. They have been increasingly used in fields such as ecology, biogeography and evolution, and often support conservation priorities and strategies. Thus, it becomes crucial to u...
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This exploratory study is focused on the perceptions of science communication practitioners about the activities of scientists and the audiences of the marine sciences outreach in Portugal. Using the qualitative method of thematic analysis and collecting data through semistructured interviews of 14 practitioners of diverse professions, backgrounds,...
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We investigated the presence of 66 human and veterinary pharmaceuticals from seven therapeutic groups insurface waters of the Tejo estuary. Collection sites covered the entire estuary and included areas near main riverinflows and wastewater treatment outfalls, traversing urban, agriculture, aquaculture, and nature reserve areas.Detection of pharmace...
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Pharmaceutical residues impose a new and emerging threat to the marine environment and its biota. In most countries, ecotoxicity tests are not required for all pharmaceutical residues classes and, even when mandatory, these tests are not performed using marine primary producers such as diatoms. These microalgae are among the most abundant class of...
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Climate change, particularly ocean warming, is thought to benefit the spread of invasive species due to their increased tolerance to temperature fluctuations when compared to native species. However, the physiological tolerance of invasive species as a potential mechanism driving invasion success has been overlooked. Here, we experimentally evaluat...
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European Member States have made a large effort to implement the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, however data sets used are heterogeneous across countries in terms of indicators reported, implementation level and scales used. In the present work, biodiversity and ecosystem indicators scales (i.e. D1- Biodiversity, D2 – Non-Invasive species, D3...
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An ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) is as a new paradigm in fisheries management. In this study, a combination of geographic information systems (GISs) and multi-criteria decision-making method (MCDM) is proposed as a framework supporting an ecosystem approach to European sardine (Sardina pilchardus, Clupeidae) fishery management i...
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Extreme events associated with global warming, such as ocean heat waves, can have contrasting fitness consequences for different species, thereby modifying the structure and composition of marine communities. Here, we examined the effects of a laboratory simulated heat wave on the physiology and performance of two Indo-Pacific crustacean species: t...
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Bias in underwater visual census has always been elusive. In fact, the choice of sampling method and the behavioural traits of fish are two of the most important factors affecting bias, but they are still treated separately, which leads to arbitrarily chosen sampling methods. FishCensus, a two-dimensional agent-based model with realistic fish movem...
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Processes regulating population connectivity are complex, ranging from extrinsic environmental factors to intrinsic individual based features, and are a major force shaping the persistence of fish species and population responses to harvesting and environmental change. Here we developed an integrated assessment of demographic and genetic connectivi...
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According to climate science, ocean warming is one of the current and future greatest threats to coastal ecosystems. Projection scenarios for the end of this century show that tropical intertidal ecosystems are particularly at risk. In this study we optimized and tested a holistic method for bio-monitoring present and projected thermal pressure in...
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Knowledge of thermal stress biology for most tropical fish species in reef ecosystems under climate change is still quite limited. Thus, the objective of this study was to measure the time-course changes of thermal stress biomarkers in the commercially exploited coral reef fish Amphiprion ocellaris, during a laboratory simulated event of increased...
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According to climate science, ocean warming is one of the current and future greatest threats to coastal ecosystems. Projection scenarios for the end of this century show that tropical intertidal ecosystems are particularly at risk. In this study we optimized and tested a holistic method for bio-monitoring present and projected thermal pressure in...
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Tropical and subtropical reef associated organisms have been recognized as being among the most vulnerable organisms towards environmental change, namely due to extreme climatic events associated with global warming. The study of their physiological responses under environmental stress seems to be a key issue for assessing ecosystem health in these...
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Reconstructing habitat use and environmental histories of fish via otolith chemistry relies on linking otolith chemical composition to the surrounding environment, as well as disentangling the consequences of ontogenetic or physiological effects that may mask environmental signals. We used multiple linear and linear mixed models to analyse the impo...
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In Portugal, the common octopus (Octopus vulgaris) dominates the total catches and landings from small scale fisheries. The small-scale fisheries have been targeting the common octopus for a long time and it is consistently one of the most important commercial fishing resources in the country. Questionnaires were conducted in 13 fishing ports in th...
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Short-term variability in condition factor: relative condition factor Kn; biochemical condition: RNA:DNA and protein content; and instantaneous growth rates were determined in estuarine and coastal fish. Dicentrarchus labrax, Solea senegalensis and Pomatoschistus microps were sampled in the Tejo estuary, while Trachurus trachurus was sampled in an...
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A ecologia e fisiologia animal são influenciadas pela temperatura oceânica, com particular relevância em zonas tropicais, onde os organismos vivem no limiar superior da sua janela térmica. Neste estudo investigámos os efeitos subletais do aumento da temperatura da água do mar em vertebrados (peixes) e invertebrados (crustáceos e gastrópodes) de zon...
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Aquaculture production is expanding rapidly around the world. To tackle rising production and species diversity issues, innovations in the field of aquaculture feeds, breeding, disease management and other improvements must be addressed. In this framework, the study of epigenetic mechanisms behind different aquaculture rearing processes presents gr...
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Tropical organisms are predicted to be among the most impacted by increasing sea surface temperatures, particularly those from intertidal habitats. In this study, a complete thermal biology assessment was conducted for two widespread tropical Atlantic shallow reef fish: Abudefduf saxatilis (damselfish) and Scartella cristata (blenny), which make ex...
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Assessing trait-environment relationships is crucial for predicting effects of natural and human-induced environmental change on biota. We compiled a global database of fish assemblages in estuaries, functional traits of fishes and ecosystem features of estuaries. And we quantified the relative importance of ecosystem features as drivers of pattern...
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Otoliths are paired calcified structures located in the inner ear of the teleost fishes. Fisheries scientists have been using the otoliths for a variety of applications as fish ageing, species identification and also species interaction. The symmetry between left and right otoliths is considered species dependent. The application of analysis techni...
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Otoliths are the fish bones that allow it to hear sounds and achieve balance. The otolith grows in size as fish grows; ring bands are formed in the otoliths’ surface registering periods of rapid and slow growth, opaque bands appear alternating with translucent bands. Age classification was made considering the number of translucent rings in the oto...
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Estuaries are highly productive ecosystems subjected to numerous anthropogenic pressures with consequent environmental quality degradation. In this study, multiple biomarker responses [superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activities, as well as lipid peroxidation (LPO) a...
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Climate warming presents new challenges for environmental biomonitoring. There is a need for the development of biomarkers that respond not only to chemical pollution but also to thermal stress events. Current research on biomarkers of cellular stress uses lethal methods, which should be avoided, particularly in sensitive and/or disturbed systems,...
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We investigated the use of δ¹³ C and δ¹⁸ O stable isotopes in otoliths of juvenile tainha (Mugil liza) as indicators of the stock structure of this species of mullet in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Our analysis identified 2 different spawning stocks along the Brazilian coast: the southern stock, from São Paulo (25°S) to Chui (33°S), with distinct s...
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Aim: We present the first global biogeographical regionalization of estuaries, assessing how dispersal limitation and/or environmental filtering mechanisms drive the patterns of fish assemblage composition among and within biogeographical regions. Location: Estuaries worldwide. Methods: A bootstrapped hierarchical cluster analysis was applied to de...
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Underwater visual census (UVC) methods are used worldwide to monitor shallow marine and freshwater habitats and support management and conservation decisions. However, several sources of bias still undermine the ability of these methods to accurately estimate abundances of some species. The present study introduces FishCensus, a spatially-explicit...
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The sex ratio is an important trait of natural populations and a key parameter for assessing the reproductive potential and stock status of exploited fish populations. In fisheries research, knowledge on spatial and temporal sex ratio variation can inform on the capacity of a population to support exploitation and environmental changes. Blue whitin...
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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are considered key elements to the achievement of conservation and sustainable marine management targets. Yet, even if recently the number of MPAs has increased rapidly worldwide, the area of ocean under some type of MPA classification is far behind the international targets (e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity) co...
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Coastal, small-scale fisheries (SSF), whether artisanal (professional) or recreational, represent important socioeconomic activities across Europe that are currently undergoing a number of changes. This paper reviews and analyses the drivers of these changes, and makes recommendations for the future management of SSF. From the biological standpoint...
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Knowledge of thermal stress biology for most tropical fish species in reef ecosystems under climate change is still quite limited. Thus, the objective of this study was to measure the time-course changes of thermal stress biomarkers in the commercially exploited coral reef fish Amphiprion ocellaris, during a laboratory simulated event of increased...
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Portugal is the third highest per capita consumer of fish in the world, with a fishing fleet consisting of trawlers, purse-seiners and multi-gear vessels, which use a wide variety of fishing gears, such as gillnets, trammel nets, longlines or traps. Climate change affects ocean conditions, impacting marine organisms and ecosystems, with consequence...
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Predicting stability from current ecosystem performance is theoretically difficult, but early statistical warning signals (EWS) may enable the anticipation of regime shifts. However, little is known regarding the behavior of EWS in shifts with cyclic dynamics. In this study, we use indicators to assess the stability of a three-species system in a c...
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A simple procedure to harmonise and intercalibrate eight national methods classifying the ecological status using fish in transitional waters of the North East Atlantic is described. These methods were initially intercalibrated and a new method recently developed was added to this exercise. A common human pressure index pre-classified the status of...
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Over the years, the Mondego estuary has undergone various anthropogenic impacts. One of the most serious was the closing of the communication between the two arms of the system (north and south), in the 1990s, which promoted eutrophication and a consequent water quality decline in the south arm. Several mitigation measures were subsequently impleme...
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Electronic supplementary material to the article: Thermal acclimation in clownfish: An integrated biomarker response and multi-tissue experimental approach
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In this study data relative to the fishery in the freshwater area of the Patos Lagoon are analysed, and the dynamics, fishing gears used and catches evaluated. The results reveal the existence of two fishery strategies: forbidden mesh size gillnets (FMG; <35 mm; square measure) and allowed mesh size gillnets (AMG; ≥35 mm; square measure). In total,...
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Current threats to biodiversity, combined with limited data availability, have made for species distribution models (SDMs) to be increasingly used due to their ability to predict species' potential distribution, by relating species occurrence with environmental estimates. Often used in ecology, conservation biology and environmental management, SDM...
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Deux groupes de poissons juvéniles ont été prélevés dans des estuaires localisés au centre et en limite Sud de l'aire de distribution (respectivement, la Vilaine et le Mondego), puis acclimatés au laboratoire, avant d'être soumis à différents stress sur une période de 40 jours; un stress thermique (température de +1°C/jour, ie passant de 9 à 24°C e...
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A simple procedure to harmonise and intercalibrate eight national methods classifying the ecological status using fish in transitional waters of the North East Atlantic is described. These methods were initially intercalibrated and a new method recently developed was added to this exercise. A common human pressure index pre-classified the status of...
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Fish were sampled monthly in four tidal pools, for two years, on the west Portuguese coast. Species diversity of transient fish was higher than that found in previous studies, in other parts of the world. The transient fish population comprised six species: the white seabream, Diplodus sargus, sand smelt, Atherina spp., the thinlip grey mullet, Liz...
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Small pelagic fishes are particularly abundant in areas with high environmental variability (zones of coastal upwelling and areas of tidal mixing and river discharge), and because of this, their abundance suffers large inter-annual and inter-decadal fluctuations. In Portugal, the most important species in terms of landings are European sardine, Atl...
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Chitons are very common molluscs on European rocky shores. They are common prey of fish and crabs and often display several colour morphs within a given habitat. Predation is one of the potential mechanisms accounting for chiton colour polymorphism. The colour variation is considered to provide a camouflage protection through a match with the subst...
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Otolith microchemistry (Sr:Ca, Ba:Ca) was used to evaluate habitat use patterns of the endangered dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus in southern Brazil. Individual Sr:Ca profiles exhibited low variation, with an overall tendency to increase with age. Interestingly, individual Ba:Ca profiles presented 3 contrasting patterns: the first comprised mo...
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The Portuguese coast is particularly adequate for studies on the impact of climate change on fisheries, as it has faced an increase in both air and sea surface temperature and a decrease in intensity and frequency of rainfall. Ecological responses to climate change have already been observed in Portuguese waters, with consequences in fisheries. Reg...