Fish stomach records
In recent years, considerable emphasis has been placed on
finding 'ecosystem-based' approaches to fisheries
management and multi-species models are seen as crucial for
addressing this new agenda. However, there are currently very few
long-term datasets within the European context available for
parameterising such models.
DAPSTOM (integrated database and portal for
fish stomach records) is an ongoing initiative (supported by Defra
and the EU) to digitise and make available fish stomach content
records spanning the past 100 years.
The DAPSTOM project was initially financed through the
"data rescue" fund of the EU Network of Excellence
"EUROCEANS". The online database contains information (177,443
records) on 149 predator species (most of those occurring in
northern European groundfish surveys) and can be searched by predator
name or by prey name
for given sea areas and years. CSV data files can be outputted
containing all records from a particular query. The current
database (version 3.6) contains information spanning 1893-2010.
This report should be cited as: Pinnegar, J.K. and Platts, M.
(2011). DAPSTOM - An Integrated Database & Portal for Fish
Stomach Records. Version 3.6. Centre for Environment, Fisheries
& Aquaculture Science, Lowestoft, UK. Phase 3, Final Report,
July 2011, 35pp. www.cefas.defra.gov.uk/dapstom