Towards better understanding black-legged kittiwake and fish prey interactions. An assessment of scientific evidence to inform future research needs in the North Sea 2023
The black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) is a species of conservation concern that has suffered significant population declines in the UK. Given on-going pressures acting on a number of fish prey species in the North Sea, improving understanding of kittiwake-fish interactions is key to predict how UK kittiwake populations may respond, and be resilient, to spatio-temporal changes in fish availability.
This report presents an assessment of kittiwake breeding season diet and foraging range studies in the UK, current and possible future availability of three main fish prey species (sandeels, herring and sprat), as well as relevant recent research in the field. The review of scientific evidence was then used to identify key data and knowledge gaps and draw recommendations for future research that would significantly increase our understanding of kittiwake-fish prey interactions, and the sustainability of these in the future.
Please note, this report was revised in September 2023 to address a minor error (Figure 1 replaced with a corrected version).
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Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2023·03·01
Ruffino, L., Arjona Y., Clear, N. & Martin, E. 2023. Towards better understanding black-legged kittiwake and fish prey interactions. An assessment of evidence to inform future research needs in the North Sea. Report to Ørsted. JNCC Report 733, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
This assessment is intended to provide Ørsted with the scientific evidence needed for identifying future research that would address ecological questions relevant to Hornsea Project Three and their kittiwake compensatory measure plans, whist ensuring the research is complimentary to other existing projects and adds value.
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Metadata date 2023·09·08
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