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    SLOPE CURRENTS AROUND THE KERGUELEN ISLANDS FROM DEMERSAL LONGLINE FISHING RECORDS.

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    Document Number:
    WG-FSA-08/P06
    Author(s):
    Y.-H. Park, N. Gasco and G. Duhamel (France)
    Publication:
    (Geophys. Res. Lett., 35 L09604 (2008) doi:10.1029/2008GL033660)
    Abstract

    rrent (ACC), especially around the Kerguelen Islands. However, there is little quantitative knowledge of the current field around the islands due to lack of long-term current measurements. We performed a systematic analysis of a total of 28917 points of fishing gear drifts from setting and recovery positions of demersal longlines deployed between 2002 and 2007 for Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) fisheries in Kerguelen waters. This enabled the construction of a realistic field of depth-averaged time-mean slope currents along the 1000 m isobath all around the Kerguelen Islands. Sevral branches of the ACC are clearly identified, with the strongest depth-mean velocities of 25 cm s-1 east of the islands being associated with the Polar Folar rounding the islands from the south and flowing northward along the inner continental slope immediately east of the islands. These results demonstrate the potential for hitherto unexploited historic longline drift data from demersal fishing grounds to provide valuable quantitative information on the regional circulation.

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