Young Fish Survey Data 1981 to 2010

Latest version published by Marine Biological Association on Mar 18, 2020 Marine Biological Association

Total numbers of individual fish identified during the Cefas Young Fish Survey (YFS) which ran from 1981 to 2010. The survey deployed a light 2-meter beam trawl to survey inshore locations for small / young fish around the British Isles, predominantly along the south and east coasts. Total numbers of fish (identified to species or if not to the highest taxonomic level) were recorded at each station, and were measured in the majority of cases. The surveys were primarily undertaken to evaluate the abundance of juvenile sole and plaice, as well as providing further information on the abundance of other species of fish. The YFS formed part of the International Young Fish Survey, coordinated by ICES. The survey used commercial inshore vessels to sample with a light 2-meter beam trawl deployed at fixed (prime) stations, towed for a duration of 10-minues, with varying coverage of the British Isles over the time-series period. From 2000 onwards actual shot and haul positions were recorded, whereas prior to this a single generic position was given for a specific prime station. Fish species were nearly always measured, and on the very few occasions that they were not they were counted. These data are currently undergoing quality assurance. Species-specific records for gobies are known to contain taxonomic errors, and analyses should be undertaken on data aggregated to the level of family (Gobiidae). Data for sand smelt Atherina spp. and smelt Osmerus eperlanus may also be confounded, and data for these taxa should be interpreted with particular care.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 9,041 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
    9041
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
    84417
  • Occurrence 
    57294

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (2019): Young Fish Survey Data 1981 to 2010. v1.0. Marine Biological Association. Dataset/Samplingevent. 10.14466/CefasDataHub.73

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Keywords

Samplingevent

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
Cefas Data Manager
Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science Lowestoft GB

Who can answer questions about the resource:

DASSH (The archive for marine species and habitats data)
DASSH (The archive for marine species and habitats data) Plymouth GB

Who filled in the metadata:

DASSH (The archive for marine species and habitats data)
DASSH (The archive for marine species and habitats data) Plymouth GB

Who else was associated with the resource:

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Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers https://www.dassh.ac.uk/ipt/resource?r=cefas_01