Talk by award-winning marine biologist Daniel Pauly

25.5.18 | After his successful lecture in the series "Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks" last June, Daniel Pauly will once again be a welcome guest at the ZMT on 30 May. This time he will travel to the LFA Workshop and give a public lecture at the Institute on May 30. At 9 am, the award-winning marine biology will talk about the effects of temperature and dissolved oxygen on the body structure and size of fish. At the centre of the talk "Fish must breathe: How temperature and dissolved oxygen shape their biology" is also the Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) - see abstract below.

Title: "Fish must breathe: How temperature and dissolved oxygen shape their biology" by Prof. Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia, Canada
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: Large seminar room, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), Fahrenheitstr. 6, 28359 Bremen, Germany

About Daniel Pauly:
Daniel Pauly is a professor at the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada) and head of the research initiative "Sea Around Us". As a scientist, he is dedicated to the study, documentation and promotion of guidelines designed to reduce the impact of fishing on the world's marine ecosystems. His concepts and methods are documented in more than 1,000 publications. Pauly has received numerous awards, including the International Cosmos Prize, the Volvo Environmental Prize, the Ramon Margalef Prize and the Peter Benchley Award.


Fish must breathe: How temperature and dissolved oxygen shape their biology


One of the expected responses of marine fishes to ocean warming is decrease in body size, as supported by evidence from empirical data and theoretical modelling. The theoretical underpinning for fish to shrink is that the oxygen supply to large fish size cannot be met by their gills, whose surface area cannot keep up with the oxygen demand by their three-dimensional bodies. Although this logic has been challenged by some, it will be shown, in the context of Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) that gills, because they must retain the properties of open surfaces, cannot avoid being limiting for fish growth. Also, besides explaining (1) the growth patterns of fish, a wide range of biological features of fish and other water-breathing organisms can be understood only when gill area limitation is used as an explanation, including (2) the decline of food conversion efficiency with size; (3) the determination of size at which they reproduce; (4) the phenomenon known as ‘abortive maturation’; (5) why the fish of a given species are larger at the cold end of their distribution ranges; (6) why fish move into deeper/colder waters when they grow bigger; (7) why the growth and food conversion efficiency of farmed fish declines when oxygen supply is reduced in ponds; (8) why fish perform temperature-driven seasonal migrations (9) why global warming induced poleward migrations; (10) why the flesh of tuna that have fought for a long time at the end of a fishing line becomes inedible; (11) why the otoliths of fish and the statoliths of invertebrates form clear daily rings in larvae and juveniles, but not in adults; (12) many other phenomena that are never ben elucidated before, or even perceived as requiring an explanation. The GOLT thus appears to have the potential of a powerful theory capable of accelerating progress in marine biology and limnology and the corresponding applied discipline, i.e., fishery science and aquaculture.