Marsccodelivers a comprehensive training workshop on fish eggs and larvae titled "Use of Early Life History of Fishes: Applications to Fish and Fisheries Research". Workshops are designed to introduce participants to the complex field of early stage fishes, including data applications to fish biology and ecology, impact assessments and fisheries research.
The week-long workshop consists of lectures followed by laboratory sections where participants sort and identify local larval fish samples and/or are provided with samples from other locations to identify. Participants are also shown the most important aspects in descriptions and illustrations of larval fishes. The last workshop was held at the Arturo Prat University, in Iquique, northern Chile, where participants helped preparing the "Catalogue to Identify Larval Stages of Marine Fishes of Northern Chile".
Main workshop topics comprise:
1. General information
2. Techniques to identify fish eggs and larvae
1. Design of ichthyoplankton surveys
2. Collecting methods & procedures
3. Treatment of samples
4. Sorting samples
1. Characters to identify fish eggs
2. Characters to identify larval fishes
1. Data treatment and analyses
2. Integration of physical data in ichthyoplankton studies
3. Integration of biological data in ichthyoplankton studies
1. Description of larval fishes: dynamic approach and other methods
2. Larval fish illustrations: selection of specimens and illustration techniques
4. Clearing and staining larval fishes
1. Orders Clupeiformes, Osmeriformes, Argentiniformes, Stomiiformes, Aulopiformes, Myctophiformes, Lampriformes, Gadiformes, Lophiiformes, Beloniformes and Beloniformes.
1. Orders Stephanoberyciformes, Beryciformes, Zeiformes, Gasterosteiformes, Scorpaeniformes, Perciformes, Pleuronectiformes and Tetraodontiformes.
1. Survey design and application of the daily egg production method (DEPM) to estimate spawning biomass of fishes.