The fishery resource Concholepas concholepas is a key species in the benthic marine ecosystems of the Southeastern Pacific Ocean. In the present study, the spatio-temporal changes in the biochemical parameters were evaluated for adult individuals of C. concholepas. They were sampled in summer and winter under upwelling and Non-upwelling conditions in two Management and Exploitation Areas for Benthic Resources of Valparaíso, Chile. The results indicated that the variation in the biochemical parameters is explained to a greater extent by the season. For example, in both upwelling and Non-upwelling conditions, we found a higher content of total lipids, proteins, glucose, and energy in winter than summer. Temporal variations can be explained by the reproductive process after summer season, in which the egg spawning require a greater energy reserves to be perform. Nonetheless, differences in the nutritional status of preys along seasons of the year, can also influence on these results. In fact, these variations in the biochemical parameters of C. concholepas may be indicative of an adaptive seasonal physiological response to the environment for maintaining an optimal energy budget year-round. Altogether, this knowledge will contribute to the Management and Exploitation Areas for Benthic Resources, improving regulatory measures during the annual period of captures and landings of C. concholepas, favoring a more sustainable fishery in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean within an ecosystem approach.
- Energy reserves
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Aquatic Science
- Animal Science and Zoology