Ageing in coral reef fishes: do we need to validate the periodicity of increment formation for every species of fish for which we collect age-based demographic data?

Choat, J.H., Kritzer, J.P., and Ackerman, J.L. (2009) Ageing in coral reef fishes: do we need to validate the periodicity of increment formation for every species of fish for which we collect age-based demographic data? In: Green, Bridget S., Mapstone, Bruce D., Carlos, Gary, and Begg, Gavin A., (eds.) Tropical Fish Otoliths: Information for Assessment, Management and Ecology. Reviews: Methods and Technologies in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 11 . Springer, pp. 23-54.

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to consider the question "Is it necessary to validate the periodicity of increment formation in every species of fish for which we seek age-based demographic data"? The focus is on coral reef fishes. Four issues require consideration. Firstly, validation programs are expensive in terms of resources and time. This is especially important for coral reef fishes as resources available to tropical fisheries are often very limited. Secondly, many modem techniques used to validate the accuracy of age estimates require field and laboratory infrastructure that may not be available to fisheries laboratories serving coral reefs. Thirdly, the great majority of validation studies have confirmed the annual periodicity of increment formation. Fourthly, opportunities to study undisturbed populations of reef fishes from which reference age data can be derived are limited due to over-fishing and habitat alteration. We argue for a more strategic approach to age-based studies in coral reef fishes.

Item ID: 10551
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: marine science, otoliths, validation, tropics, fishery impacts, growth rates
ISBN: 978-1-4020-3582-1
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 22:53
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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