This report summarizes the findings of the joint WHOI-NEFC seminar series on
recruitment processes in marine fish populations. The seminar series reviewed
the status of knowledge of the recruitment process together with on-going
research in this field. From the seminars presented it was evident that
potentially important biological and physical processes which may control
recruitment occur throughout the entire first year of life. It is important
to understand the causes of recruitment variability in order to know the
degree to which density dependence controls marine fish population dynamics.
Future research, therefore, should not focus on a single process or life stage
but instead should evaluate all potentially important processes throughout the
first year of life.