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dc.contributor.supervisor Papst, Michael (Environment & Geography) Hanson, Mark (Environment & Geography) en_US
dc.contributor.author Wong, Sally
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-15T17:52:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-15T17:52:13Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4929
dc.description.abstract In the Beaufort Sea, freshwater input from the Mackenzie River creates a relatively warm and turbid plume across the coastal shelf region. To determine the effects of the Mackenzie River plume on marine larval fish abundance, distribution and assemblages; this study sampled larval fish by using 500 μm bongo nets and obtaining oceanographic measurements across the plume gradient during July and August of 2007. Three larval fish assemblages were identified within three water masses: the intense plume assemblage was dominated by Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii pallasii), the diffuse plume assemblage was dominated by the sub-family Lumpeninae and the oceanic assemblage was dominated by Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida). Also, results revealed that there were no significant differences in the total larval fish abundances within these water masses. In conclusion, this study suggests that the Mackenzie River plume might be identified as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA), based on the uniqueness criteria under Canada’s coastal conservation strategy. en_US
dc.subject Mackenzie River plume en_US
dc.subject River plume en_US
dc.subject Marine larval fish en_US
dc.subject Beaufort Sea en_US
dc.subject Arctic en_US
dc.subject Arctic cod en_US
dc.subject Boreogadus saida en_US
dc.subject Clupea pallasii pallasii en_US
dc.subject Lumpeninae en_US
dc.subject Arctic larval fish en_US
dc.title The influence of the Mackenzie River Plume on marine larval fish assemblages in the Canadian Beaufort Sea shelf en_US
dc.degree.discipline Environment and Geography en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Dick, Terry (Biological Sciences) Baydack, Rick (Environment & Geography) Walkusz, Wojciech (Fisheries & Oceans Canada) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Environment (M.Env.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2011 en_US


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