At their January 1994 planning meeting, the Steering Committee of
GLOBEC.INT recognized SPACC, a project on "Small Pelagics (fish) and
Climate Change", as a new element of the GLOBEC International Program.
The objective of SPACC is to better understand the impact of climate
change on pelagic fish population dynamics through comparisons among
ecosystems supporting these populations. The goals are to:
The program is multidisciplinary involving climatologists,
paleoecologists, physical and biological oceanographers, modelers,
geneticists and fishery scientists. The scientific approach is to
conduct comparative studies of biophysical processes in the sea using
direct field measurements, analysis of long-term time series and
- describe the characteristics and variability of the physical environment, zooplankton population dynamics and their effect on pelagic fish stocks such as sardines, anchovies, and sprats in key ecosystems
- improve existing knowledge on the nature and causes of long-term changes in these ecosystems.
A meeting will be held in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico from June
20-24, 1994 to develop a science plan on how SPACC will be implemented.
Local host for the meeting is Dr. Daniel Lluch-Belda (Phone:
52-112-53633; Fax: 52-112-53625). For further information about this
meeting contact one of the co-chairs (John Hunter, NMFS, La Jolla, CA,
Phone: 619-546-7127, Fax: 619-546-7003, Internet:
email@example.com; or Jurgen Alheit, Baltic Sea Research
Institute, Rostock University, D-18119 Warnemunde, Germany, Phone:
49-381-5197208, Fax: 49-381-5197440)