Chondrichthyans in the Arctic Ocean
OCCURRENCE OF CHONDRICHTHYAN FISHES IN
THE ARCTIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS
Lynghammar et al. 2011
The sea ice cover decreases and human activity increases in Arctic
waters. Fisheries (by-catch issues), shipping and petroleum exploitation
(pollution issues) make it imperative to establish biological baselines
for the marine fishes inhabiting the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas (AOAS).
As a first step towards credible conservation actions for the Arctic
marine fish faunae, we examine the species-richness of chondrichthyan
fishes (class Chondrichthyes) pertaining to 16 regions within the AOAS:
chimaeras, sharks and skates.