pelagic

(redirected from pelagics)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

pelagic

(pə-lăj′ĭk)
adj.
Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters: pelagic birds.

pelagic

  1. (or organisms) swimming actively in the mass of sea water (NEKTON) rather than living at the bottom, or drifting with the currents in the surface waters (PLANKTON).
  2. (of birds) spending most of their lives at sea.

pelagic

living in the middle or near the surface of large bodies of water such as lakes or oceans.
References in periodicals archive ?
His picture showed the rare pelagic shark in very green, shallow water, which might be a first.
Rackley figured he might have agitated the pelagic shark by following it into deeper water.
These alternate state conditions forced either the rate of fishing mortality (F) to small pelagics (anchovy, sardine, adult horse mackerel, and juvenile horse mackerel) or "environmental forcing" by affecting the vulnerability rates (the instantaneous density of a prey vulnerable to a particular predator, Christensen et al.
There may also be a larger impact from the fishery on the Peruvian systems dynamics due both to a larger total flow required to sustain the fishery as well as it being more focused on the dynamically important small pelagics.
cinerea) of the Southern Ocean are other seabird species at risk of extinction that are taken in large numbers by the large pelagic longline fisheries targeting Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) and the pirate fisheries for Patagonian Toothfish (Brothers et al.
The Waved Albatrosses' foraging distribution overlaps with the fishing grounds of the Peruvian artisanal pelagic longline fleet and Japanese eastern Pacific pelagic longline fleet off northern Peru, indicating that interactions with longline vessels in the Southern Hemisphere is a potential threat to this species.
The major fishery targeting large pelagic species off the southeastern United States is the pelagic longline fishery.
Successful pelagic trips don't always result in full coolers, but in full experiences.
The authors are with the Oceanic Pelagic Resources Division, Miami Laboratory, Southeast Fisheries Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149.
Warm March waters can bring pelagics to the reefs and spotted seatrout to newly sprouted grassflats.
standing stocks of small pelagics, primarily anchovies and sprats for the Ysabel Passage and Cape Lambert bait grounds in PNG, were 0.