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PN1 fish taxonomy workshop and meetings

A workshop on pelagic fish taxonomy was held Nov 4-14 2004 at the Bergen Museum.

The main goals of the workshop were: 1) Specimen processing and species identification of samples collected during Leg 1 of the summer 2004 RV G.O. Sars MAR-ECO cruise. 2)Organize the disposition of samples for the many projects aligned with PN1 and coordinate these efforts with PN2, DN1, and Z1. 3)Meet with members of the demersal nekton, trophic ecology, database management, and molecular systematics groups to discuss various issues relevant to the construction of the “Tasks and Responsibilities During Analysis Phase” documents for PN1 and PN2 components.

Participants: Tracey Sutton (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, USA), Filipe Porteiro (Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores), Ingvar Byrkjedal (Bergen Museum, Norway), Franz Uiblein (IMR, Norway), Åge Høines (IMR, Norway), Thomas De Lange Wenneck (IMR, Norway), and Endre Willassen (Bergen Museum, Norway).

Analysis: During the workshop Drs. Sutton and Porteiro identified a total of 1270 fish specimens, representing 51 species, collected during Leg 1 of the G.O. Sars cruise. This work was facilitated by the excellent courtesies and assistance of Ingvar Byrkjedal and Gunnar Langhelle of the Museum. Special emphasis was given to the fish families Platytroctidae, Paralepididae, and Myctophidae.

Meeting results: During the inter-component meetings, several topics were addressed: 1. A list of taxonomic experts for each fish family was discussed and refined. The list will be posted on the MAR-ECO website. 2. A working list of participants was generated. The PIs of the various projects will contact each participant; discuss expectations, timetables, and planned publications. Bergen Museum staff suggested that experts traveling to Bergen would be the ideal scenario. 3.Discussed several needs: a) ichthyoplankton coordination with Z1, PN1, and DN1 needed; b) trophic ecology summary of projects needed; initial plan developed; c) need point of contact to organize molecular systematics projects; Endre Willassen agreed to provide initial assistance with coordination, advice; d) need to coordinate population level projects with molecular systematics projects.

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