The timing of cod spawning on the Scotian Shelf
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We used results from the Scotian Shelf Ichtyoplankton Programme to describe the spatial and temporal distributions of cod eggs and larvae off the coast of Nova Scotia. Summer spawning is restricted to the waters along the Laurentian Channel. Eggs and/or larvae are found in the spring in all areas where spawning activities are detected. Late fall - early winter spawning takes place over several banks and along the southern coast of Nova Scotia. A match between the seasonal blooms and the time of spawning does not appear to be essential, although it might exist in the spring. Larval drift from spawning grounds to nursery grounds is apparently rare on the Scotlan Shelf. These findings are discussed with reference to the match-mismatch hypothesis of Cushing.