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Ecosystem East China Sea
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names
LME SAU No 47. Northwest Pacific, between China and Ryukyu Islands. LME2002, LME2006, SAU 2008. 34° N 25° N - 121° E 135° E
Location Map East_China_Sea.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 779633 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Surface 22.0 °C Map41.gif
100 Meters Depth 20.5 °C Map42.gif
Description A semi-enclosed LME bordered by the Yellow Sea, the Kuroshio Current, and the countries of China, South Korea, and Japan, the East China Sea is productive; its shallow coastal waters provide spawning and nursery grounds for many pelagic fish, among them sauries, horse-mackerel, sardines, and other scombrids and clupeid species. The warm Tsushima Current originates here, and the area is also strongly affected by interaction with the bordering Kuroshio Current (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
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Froese, Rainer on 04.23.01
Modified by Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen on 05.27.21
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