Age and growth of the common blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatusfrom Indonesia, incorporating an improved approach to comparing regional population growth rates

Smart, J.J., Chin, A., Tobin, A.J., Simpfendorfer, C.A., and White, W.T. (2015) Age and growth of the common blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatusfrom Indonesia, incorporating an improved approach to comparing regional population growth rates. African Journal of Marine Science, 37 (2). pp. 177-188.

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Abstract

Age and growth estimates from length‑at‑age data were produced for the common blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatus from Indonesia. Back‑calculation techniques were used due to a low sample size (n = 30), which was dominated by large, mature sharks. A multi‑model approach incorporating Akaike's information criterion with a bias correction (AICc) was used to estimate growth rates, with the von Bertalanffy growth function (VBGF) providing the best fit for the separate sexes using the back‑calculation data. These age and growth estimates were then compared to those of other populations of C. limbatus from the USA and South Africa using a combination of VBGF parameters and instantaneous (empirical) growth rates at birth (dL/dt0) and maturity (dL/dtmat). In comparison with populations from the USA, C. limbatus from Indonesia grow substantially larger and are more similar to South African populations. Differences in empirical growth rates were also determined between the populations, although this was not detected by the VBGF parameter k. This occurred because the parameter k is a measure of the rate at which a population reaches asymptotic length (L∞) and is not a measure of growth. This study demonstrated that the use of dL/dt0 and dL/dtmat to measure and compare empirical growth rates can be a useful addition to life‑history studies.

Item ID: 40150
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1814-2338
Keywords: Akaike's information criterion (AIC), back-calculation, Carcharhinidae, elasmobranch, life history
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This publication was included as Chapter 4 of the following PhD thesis: Smart, Jonathan James (2016) Life history and demographic modelling of shark species caught in Indo-Pacific fisheries. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), James Cook University, Australian Government, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 03:23
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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