Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 24
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Shimadzu, Hideyasu Dornelas, Maria Magurran, Anne E. and O'Hara, Robert B. 2015. Measuring temporal turnover in ecological communities. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 6, Issue. 12, p. 1384.

    Able, Kenneth W. and Joel Fodrie, F. 2014. Flatfishes.

    Teixeira, Célia M. Gamito, Rita Leitão, Francisco Cabral, Henrique N. Erzini, Karim and Costa, Maria J. 2014. Trends in landings of fish species potentially affected by climate change in Portuguese fisheries. Regional Environmental Change, Vol. 14, Issue. 2, p. 657.

    Hawkins, S.J. Firth, L.B. McHugh, M. Poloczanska, E.S. Herbert, R.J.H. Burrows, M.T. Kendall, M.A. Moore, P.J. Thompson, R.C. Jenkins, S.R. Sims, D.W. Genner, M.J. and Mieszkowska, N. 2013. Data rescue and re-use: Recycling old information to address new policy concerns. Marine Policy, Vol. 42, p. 91.

    Nyitrai, Daniel Martinho, Filipe Dolbeth, Marina Rito, João and Pardal, Miguel A. 2013. Effects of local and large-scale climate patterns on estuarine resident fishes: The example of Pomatoschistus microps and Pomatoschistus minutus. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Vol. 135, p. 260.

    Shimadzu, Hideyasu Dornelas, Maria Henderson, Peter A and Magurran, Anne E 2013. Diversity is maintained by seasonal variation in species abundance. BMC Biology, Vol. 11, Issue. 1, p. 98.

    Azeiteiro, Ulisses M Martinho, Filipe Cabral, Henrique N. Azeiteiro, Ulisses M. and Pardal, Miguel A. 2012. Estuarine nurseries for marine fish. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 23, Issue. 4, p. 414.

    Heath, Michael R. Neat, Francis C. Pinnegar, John K. Reid, David G. Sims, David W. and Wright, Peter J. 2012. Review of climate change impacts on marine fish and shellfish around the UK and Ireland. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, Vol. 22, Issue. 3, p. 337.

    Engelhard, G. H. Pinnegar, J. K. Kell, L. T. and Rijnsdorp, A. D. 2011. Nine decades of North Sea sole and plaice distribution. ICES Journal of Marine Science, Vol. 68, Issue. 6, p. 1090.

    Henderson, P.A. Seaby, R.M.H. and Somes, J.R. 2011. Community level response to climate change: The long-term study of the fish and crustacean community of the Bristol Channel. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Vol. 400, Issue. 1-2, p. 78.

    Mutshinda, Crispin M. O’Hara, Robert B. and Woiwod, Ian P. 2011. A multispecies perspective on ecological impacts of climatic forcing. Journal of Animal Ecology, Vol. 80, Issue. 1, p. 101.

    Wilson, Matthew T. Mier, Kathryn L. and Dougherty, Annette 2011. The first annulus of otoliths: a tool for studying intra-annual growth of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma). Environmental Biology of Fishes, Vol. 92, Issue. 1, p. 53.

    Ballinger, R. and Stojanovic, T. 2010. Policy development and the estuary environment: A Severn Estuary case study. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 61, Issue. 1-3, p. 132.

    Dolbeth, Marina Martinho, Filipe Freitas, Vânia Costa-Dias, Sérgia Campos, Joana and Pardal, Miguel Ângelo 2010. Multi-year comparisons of fish recruitment, growth and production in two drought-affected Iberian estuaries. Marine and Freshwater Research, Vol. 61, Issue. 12, p. 1399.

    Henderson, P.A. and Bird, D.J. 2010. Fish and macro-crustacean communities and their dynamics in the Severn Estuary. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 61, Issue. 1-3, p. 100.

    Martinho, F. Dolbeth, M. Viegas, I. Baptista, J. Cabral, H. N. and Pardal, M. A. 2010. Does the flatfish community of the Mondego estuary (Portugal) reflect environmental changes?. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, Vol. 26, Issue. 6, p. 843.

    Teixeira, Célia M. and Cabral, Henrique N. 2010. Comparative analysis of the diet, growth and reproduction of the soles, Solea solea and Solea senegalensis, occurring in sympatry along the Portuguese coast. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Vol. 90, Issue. 05, p. 995.

    Rijnsdorp, A. D. Peck, M. A. Engelhard, G. H. Mollmann, C. and Pinnegar, J. K. 2009. Resolving the effect of climate change on fish populations. ICES Journal of Marine Science, Vol. 66, Issue. 7, p. 1570.

    Teixeira, Célia M. and Cabral, Henrique N. 2009. Time series analysis of flatfish landings in the Portuguese coast. Fisheries Research, Vol. 96, Issue. 2-3, p. 252.

    Dulvy, Nicholas K. Rogers, Stuart I. Jennings, Simon Stelzenmller, Vanessa Dye, Stephen R. and Skjoldal, Hein R. 2008. Climate change and deepening of the North Sea fish assemblage: a biotic indicator of warming seas. Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 45, Issue. 4, p. 1029.

  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 85, Issue 1
  • February 2005, pp. 197-204

The role of climate in determining the temporal variation in abundance, recruitment and growth of sole Solea solea in the Bristol Channel

  • P.A. Henderson (a1) and R.M. Seaby (a1)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 February 2005

Using a 24-year time series of monthly samples, the factors correlated with long-term variation in the abundance and growth of sole, Solea solea, in Bridgwater Bay in the Bristol Channel, England are identified. This bay offers shallow estuarine habitat used by sole as a nursery area. Sole first enter the bay in July when 2–3 months old and after a residence of 4–5 months, the majority migrate offshore at the beginning of winter to return the following April. By three years of age most have left the bay never to return although occasional large fish up to 480 mm in length are caught. Sole were found to be highly seasonal in their growth and only increased in length during the months of May to August inclusive. In recent years, there has been an approximately exponential increase in sole abundance that is highly positively correlated with seawater temperature during the early part of the season. The average length of fish in September, at the end of their first growing season, showed significant between year variation, ranging from 65·3 mm in 1989 to 79·8 mm in 2003. This variation was positively correlated with the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) winter index for the winter prior to their birth. Between year recruitment variation is correlated with both water temperature and the rate of growth. High temperatures allow faster development and a positive NAO index increases productivity and offers more food. Both of these positive influences act to reduce mortality resulting in stronger year-classes. No relationships between sole and other fish and macro-crustaceans living in the nursery were identified.

Corresponding author
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • ISSN: 0025-3154
  • EISSN: 1469-7769
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-marine-biological-association-of-the-united-kingdom
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *