Table 2. Physical oceanographic processes associated with population regulation under diverse hypotheses.

Population Feature Hypothesis Physical Oceanographic Process Key Biological Features
Pattern migration triangle persistent residual currents drift from spawing area to nursery area
Pattern member-vagrant re-circulation limitation of dispersal from spawning area
Abundance match-mismatch not relevant density-dependent larval feeding
Abundance member-vagrant size of recirculation feature density-dependent vagrancy
Variability match-mismatch seasonal vertical stratification larval feeding success
Variability stable ocean summer wind mixing larval feeding success
Variability encounter rate summer turbulent mixing larval feeding success
Variability member-vagrant horizontal circulation vagrancy from appropriate distributional areas

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