Demographic characteristics of exploited tropical lutjanids: a comparative analysis

Heupel, Michelle R., Williams, Ashley J., Welch, David J., Davies, Campbell R., Penny, Ann, Kritzer, Jacob P., Marriott, Ross J., and Mapstone, Bruce D. (2010) Demographic characteristics of exploited tropical lutjanids: a comparative analysis. Fishery Bulletin, 108 (4). pp. 420-432.

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Abstract

Demographic parameters from seven exploited coral reef lutjanid species were compared as a case study of the implications of intrafamily variation in life histories for multispecies harvest management. Modal lengths varied by 4 cm among four species (Lutjanus fulviflamma, L. vitta, L. carponotatus, L. adetii), which were at least 6 cm smaller than the modal lengths of the largest species (L. gibbus, Symphorus nematophorus, Aprion virescens). Modal ages, indicating ages of full selection to fishing gear, were 10 years or less for all species, but maximum ages ranged from 12 (L. gibbus) to 36 years (S. nematophorus). Each species had a unique growth pattern, with differences in length-at-age and mean asymptotic fork length (L∞), but smaller species generally grew fast during the first 1–2 years of life and larger species grew more slowly over a longer period. Total mortality rates varied among species; L. gibbus had the highest mortality and L. fulvif lamma, the lowest mortality. The variability in life history strategies of these tropical lutjanids makes generalizations about lutjanid life histories difficult, but the fact that all seven had characteristics that would make them particularly vulnerable to fishing indicates that harvest of tropical lutjanids should be managed with caution.

Item ID: 15234
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1937-4518
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Originally published in the Fishery Bulletin (2010, Volume 8, Issue 4, 420-432).

Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 02:55
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070402 Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830204 Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 100%
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