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  1. Consequences of fish behaviour for stock assessment

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    Fréon, Pierre (ed.); Gerlotto, François; Misund, O.A.

    1993-01-01

    The influence of fish behaviour on the most common stock assessment methods is reviewed. Fish behaviour may be divided into four major groups : habitat selection, aggregation pattern, avoidance reactions, and learning. Examples of temperate and tropical species are presented. (Résumé d'auteur)

  2. Statistical aspects of fish stock assessment

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    Berg, Casper Willestofte

    2013-01-01

    Fish stock assessments are conducted for two main purposes: 1) To estimate past and present fish abundances and their commercial exploitation rates. 2) To predict the consequences of different management strategies in order to ensure a sustainable fishery in the future. This thesis concerns statistical aspects of fish stocks assessment, which includes topics such as time series analysis, generalized additive models (GAMs), and non-linear state-space/mixed models capable of handling missing data and a high number of latent states and parameters. The aim is to improve the existing methods for stock assessment by application of state-of-the-art statistical methodology. The main contributions are presented in the form of six research papers. The major part of the thesis deals with age-structured assessment models, which is the most common approach. Conversion from length to age distributions in the catches is a necessary step in age-based stock assessment models. For this purpose, GAMs and continuation ratio logits are combined to model the probability of age as a smooth function of length and spatial coordinates, which constitutes an improvement over traditional methods based on area-stratification. GAMs and delta-distributions are applied for the calculation of indices of abundance from trawl survey data, and different error structures for these are investigated. Two extensions to the state-space approach to age-structured stock assessment modelling are presented. The first extension introduces multivariate error distributions on survey catch-at-age data. The second extension is an integrated assessment model for overlapping sub-stocks subject to joint exploitation in the area of overlap. Estimation and inference is carried out using maximum likelihood. Finally, a biomass dynamic model based on stochastic differential equations is presented. This work extends the classical approaches to biomass modelling by incorporating observation errors on the catches, and allowing for missing and non-equidistant samples in time.

  3. Statistical aspects of fish stock assessment

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    Berg, Casper Willestofte

    statistical aspects of fish stocks assessment, which includes topics such as time series analysis, generalized additive models (GAMs), and non-linear state-space/mixed models capable of handling missing data and a high number of latent states and parameters. The aim is to improve the existing methods for...... stock assessment by application of state-of-the-art statistical methodology. The main contributions are presented in the form of six research papers. The major part of the thesis deals with age-structured assessment models, which is the most common approach. Conversion from length to age distributions...... in the catches is a necessary step in age-based stock assessment models. For this purpose, GAMs and continuation ratio logits are combined to model the probability of age as a smooth function of length and spatial coordinates, which constitutes an improvement over traditional methods based on area...

  4. Report of the Workshop on Methods of Fish Stock Assessment [Reykjavik, 6 -12 July, 1988

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    ICES

    1988-01-01

    Introduction: For the purposes of this report, the meaning of "fish stock assessment" is restricted to any procedure by which the historical and current state of a fish stock is estimated. This definition includes no reference to prediction of possible future states of the stock and no attention was given to prediction in the course of this meeting. It should also be noted that, in real-life assessments, recruitment estimates for the most recent data years are often obtained by tech...

  5. InterCatch - a tool for fish stock assessment, status and methods

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    Kjems-Nielsen, Henrik; Larsen, Lena Inger; Zarecki, Maria; Jansen, Teunis; Cowan, Brian James; Sandbeck, Peter; Dueholm, Mads; Skov, Ole

    InterCatch is a web-based system for handling fish stock assessment data focusing on documenting characteristics of the catches. These national fish stock data are uploaded to InterCatch by national data submitters. After all data are uploaded the stock coordinators (working for the fish stock...... assessment group) can then check and set up allocation schemes for unsampled catches. After applying the best allocation scheme to the unsampled catches, the catch data are aggregated as required and exported for analysis, e.g. XSA or ICA....

  6. FishFrame : Fisheries and stock assessment data framework

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    Degel, Henrik; Jansen, Teunis

    2006-01-01

    Many research and advisory tasks needs quality assured data on a disaggregated level to make the re-stratification needed to answer a specific question. It is a slow process to gather international datasets for these analyses, because the raw data are spread between labs. Even when gathering data for fixed reoccurring tasks like assessment working groups, data are often late and the quality can be unsatisfactory. The current situation of this “semi-manual distributed datawarehouse” can be improved technically. Methods for quality control, raising and calculation can be discussed and unified. Development and test of software modules can be done once and reused by all. The biggest challenge in this is not technical – it is in organisation, coordination and trust. This challenge has been addressed by FishFrame - a web-based datawarehouse application. The “bottom-up” approach with maximum involvement of end users from as many labs and user groups as possible has been rather slow but quite successful in building international trust and cooperation around the system. This is mandatory prerequisites when our primary goal is not the programming project itself, but the creation of a tool that adds real value to users and in the end improves the way we work with our data. FishFrame version 4.2 is presented and the lessons learned from the process are discussed.

  7. Multicriteria assessment in restoring migratory fish stocks in the river Iijoki; Monitavoitearviointi Iijoen vaelluskalakantojen palauttamisen tukena

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    Karjalainen, T.P.; Rytkoenen, A.-M.; Marttunen, M.; Maeki-Petaeys, A.; Autti, O.

    2011-05-15

    The Iijoki is one of Finland's most important former salmon rivers. Construction of multiple main stem dams on the river in the 1960s effectively blocked the migration corridors of migratory fish. Suitable spawning and nursery habitats above the dams span an estimated 600-800 hectares. With riverside residents are very much in favour of the return of migratory fish, watershed planning for this has been set as a target. Such measures are rendered urgent by the fact that there is still a possibility of replenishing the Iijoki's own salmon stock, thereby restoring the fishes' natural lifecycle and natural selection. This report has been completed as part of the project 'The return of migratory fish to the River Iijoki (2008-2010)', where the main object was reconciling the target of enhancing the natural life cycle of migratory fish with the continued generation of hydropower. Under a multicriteria assessment, various alternatives and measures for improving migratory fish stocks were clarified and their desirability, costs and benefits systematically and transparently evaluated. Furthermore, interest groups' views of the three options and their effects (as distinct from the expert evaluation) were clarified with the help of computer aided interviews. The alternatives were transferring salmon above the main stem dams and two fish-ladder options. The multicriteria assessment viewed the construction of fish ladders, alongside other large-scale support measures, as the best option. Based on all of the criteria applied in a cost-benefit analysis, the stock transfer alternative was the most economically viable, because its net product value was positive in all cases. The fish ladder options were the most expensive due to the construction costs involved, but they also provided the greatest benefits. Above all, fish ladder construction is supported by the fact that it would return migratory fish to their natural lifecycle and attain the EU's watershed planning objectives. In addition, its effects on local identity, fishing tourism and the attractiveness of the area speak in its favour. With respect to the return of migratory fish, the greatest uncertainties lie in developments in the state of the Baltic Sea and the regulation of fishing. A multicriteria assessment helped the respondents and stakeholders achieve a better overall understanding of the planning situation and the various parties' objectives and views. This assisted in creating common ground in building a co-management model to establish further measures for the return of migrant fish. (orig.)

  8. Statistical modelling of fish stocks

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    Kvist, Trine

    1999-01-01

    In this thesis uncertainty associated with stock assessment has been considered, especially uncertainty associated with the input data to the model. The thesis provides new approaches to analyse the sources of variation in the input data and their magnitude, and an alternative approach for modelling the dynamics of a fish population is suggested. A new approach is introduced to analyse the sources of variation in age composition data, which is one of the most important sources of information in ...

  9. Assessing effects of stocked trout on nongame fish assemblages in southern Appalachian Mountain streams

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    Weaver, D.; Kwak, Thomas J.

    2013-01-01

    Fisheries managers are faced with the challenge of balancing the management of recreational fisheries with that of conserving native species and preserving ecological integrity. The negative effects that nonnative trout species exert on native trout are well documented and include alteration of competitive interactions, habitat use, and production. However, the effects that nonnative trout may exert on nongame fish assemblages are poorly understood. Our objectives were to quantify the effects of trout stocking on native nongame fish assemblages intensively on one newly stocked river, the North Toe River, North Carolina, and extensively on other southern Appalachian Mountain streams that are annually stocked with trout. In the intensive study, we adopted a before-after, control-impact (BACI) experimental design to detect short-term effects on the nongame fish assemblage and found no significant differences in fish density, species richness, species diversity, or fish microhabitat use associated with trout stocking. We observed differences in fish microhabitat use between years, however, which suggests there is a response to environmental changes, such as the flow regime, which influence available habitat. In the extensive study, we sampled paired stocked and unstocked stream reaches to detect long-term effects from trout stocking; however, we detected no differences in nongame fish density, species richness, species diversity, or population size structure between paired sites. Our results revealed high inherent system variation caused by natural and anthropogenic factors that appear to overwhelm any acute or chronic effect of stocked trout. Furthermore, hatchery-reared trout may be poor competitors in a natural setting and exert a minimal or undetectable impact on native fish assemblages in these streams. These findings provide quantitative results necessary to assist agencies in strategic planning and decision making associated with trout fisheries, stream management, and conservation of native fishes.

  10. Fishing impact and environmental status in European seas: a diagnosis from stock assessments and ecosystem indicators

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    Gascuel, Didier; Coll, Marta; Fox, Christopher; Guénette, Sylvie; Guitton, Jerome; Kenny, Andrew; Knittweis, Leyla; Nielsen, J. Rasmus; Piet, Gerjan; Raid, Tiit; Travers-Trolet, Morgane; Shephard, Samuel

    2014-01-01

    Stock-based and ecosystem-based indicators are used to provide a new diagnosis of the fishing impact and environmental status of European seas. In the seven European marine ecosystems covering the Baltic and the North-east Atlantic, (i) trends in landings since 1950 were examined; (ii) syntheses of the status and trends in fish stocks were consolidated at the ecosystem level; and (iii) trends in ecosystem indicators based on landings and surveys were analysed. We show that yields began to dec...

  11. SIS - Fish Assessment

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Fish Assessment data set within the Species Information System (SIS) constraints information related to fishery stock assessments, including assessment...

  12. Implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management: from single-species to integrated ecosystem assessment and advice for Baltic Sea fish stocks

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    Möllmann, Christian; Lindegren, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Theory behind ecosystem-based management (EBM) and ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) is nowwell developed. However, the implementation of EBFM exemplified by fisheries management in Europe is still largely based on single-species assessments and ignores the wider ecosystem context and impact. The reason for the lack or slow implementation of EBM and specifically EBFM is a lack of a coherent strategy. Such a strategy is offered by recently developed integrated ecosystemassessments (IEAs), a formal synthesis tool to quantitatively analyse information on relevant natural and socio-economic factors, in relation to specified management objectives. Here, we focus on implementing the IEA approach for Baltic Sea fish stocks. We combine both tactical and strategic management aspects into a single strategy that supports the present Baltic Sea fish stock advice, conducted by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). We first review the state of the art in the development of IEA within the current management framework. We then outline and discuss an approach that integrates fish stock advice and IEAs for the Baltic Sea. We intentionally focus on the central Baltic Sea and its three major fish stocks cod (Gadus morhua), herring (Clupea harengus), and sprat (Sprattus sprattus), but emphasize that our approach may be applied to other parts and stocks of the Baltic, as well as other ocean areas

  13. Quantifying relative fishing impact on fish populations based on spatio-temporal overlap of fishing effort and stock density

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    Vinther, M.; Eero, M.

    2013-01-01

    Evaluations of the effects of management measures on fish populations are usually based on the analyses of population dynamics and estimates of fishing mortality from stock assessments. However, this approach may not be applicable in all cases, in particular for data limited stocks, which may suffer from uncertain catch information and consequently lack reliable estimates of fishing mortality. In this study we develop an approach to obtain proxies for changes in fishing mortality based on eff...

  14. Fish stocking density impacts tank hydrodynamics

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    Rasmussen, Michael R.; Lunger, Angela; Laursen, Jesper; McLean, Ewen

    The effect of stocking density upon the hydrodynamics of a circular tank, configured in a recirculation system, was investigated. Red drums Sciaenops ocellatus of approximately 140 g wet weight, were stocked at five rates varying from 0 to 12 kg m-3. The impact of the presence of fish upon tank...

  15. The United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement

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    Juda, L.

    2002-01-01

    It is generally conceded that world marine fisheries are facing difficult times. Quantitatively world fish catch has levelled off, and qualitatively the portion of total fish catch representing high-quality, high-priced, and high-demand fish stocks is declining. A recent study indicates that fishing effort is proceeding farther down the food chain as the desired species at the top of that chain are becoming less abundant.1 While there is some discussion as to whether a...

  16. Comparison of the frequentist properties of Bayes and the maximum likelihood estimators in an age-structured fish stock assessment model

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    Nielsen, Anders; Lewy, Peter

    2002-01-01

    A simulation study was carried out for a separable fish stock assessment model including commercial and survey catch-at-age and effort data. All catches are considered stochastic variables subject to sampling and process variations. The results showed that the Bayes estimator of spawning biomass is a useful but slightly biased estimator for which the frequentist variance can be estimated by the posterior variance. Comparisons further show that the Bayes estimator is better than the maximum likel...

  17. The true picture of a lake or reservoir fish stock: a review of needs and progress.

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    Kube?ka, Jan; Hohausová, Eva; Mat?na, Josef; Peterka, Ji?í; Amarasinghe, U. S.; Bonar, S. A.; Hateley, J.; Hickley, P.; Suuronen, P.; Tereschenko, V.; Welcomme, R.; Winfield, I. J.

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 96, ?. 1 (2009), s. 1-5. ISSN 0165-7836. [ Fish Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs: Towards the true picture of fish stock. ?eské Bud?jovice, 11.09.2007-15.09.2007] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : fish stock asessment * intercalibration * standardization * accuracy * ground truthing * interpretation * catch statistics Subject RIV: GL - Fish ing Impact factor: 1.531, year: 2009

  18. Quantifying relative fishing impact on fish populations based on spatio-temporal overlap of fishing effort and stock density

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    Vinther, Morten; Eero, Margit

    2013-01-01

    suffer from uncertain catch information and consequently lack reliable estimates of fishing mortality. In this study we develop an approach to obtain proxies for changes in fishing mortality based on effort information and predicted stock distribution. Cod in the Kattegat is used as an example. We use......Evaluations of the effects of management measures on fish populations are usually based on the analyses of population dynamics and estimates of fishing mortality from stock assessments. However, this approach may not be applicable in all cases, in particular for data-limited stocks, which may...... GAM analyses to predict local cod densities and combine this with spatio-temporal data of fishing effort based on VMS (Vessel Monitoring System). To quantify local fishing impact on the stock, retention probability of the gears is taken into account. The results indicate a substantial decline in the...

  19. Changing recruitment capacity in global fish stocks.

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    Britten, Gregory L; Dowd, Michael; Worm, Boris

    2016-01-01

    Marine fish and invertebrates are shifting their regional and global distributions in response to climate change, but it is unclear whether their productivity is being affected as well. Here we tested for time-varying trends in biological productivity parameters across 262 fish stocks of 127 species in 39 large marine ecosystems and high-seas areas (hereafter LMEs). This global meta-analysis revealed widespread changes in the relationship between spawning stock size and the production of juvenile offspring (recruitment), suggesting fundamental biological change in fish stock productivity at early life stages. Across regions, we estimate that average recruitment capacity has declined at a rate approximately equal to 3% of the historical maximum per decade. However, we observed large variability among stocks and regions; for example, highly negative trends in the North Atlantic contrast with more neutral patterns in the North Pacific. The extent of biological change in each LME was significantly related to observed changes in phytoplankton chlorophyll concentration and the intensity of historical overfishing in that ecosystem. We conclude that both environmental changes and chronic overfishing have already affected the productive capacity of many stocks at the recruitment stage of the life cycle. These results provide a baseline for ecosystem-based fisheries management and may help adjust expectations for future food production from the oceans. PMID:26668368

  20. Exploitation dynamics of fish stocks

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    Niwa, Hiro-Sato

    2006-01-01

    I address the question of the fluctuations in fishery landings. Using the fishery statistics time-series collected by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since the early 1950s, I here analyze fishing activities and find two scaling features of capture fisheries production: (i) the standard deviation of growth rate of the domestically landed catches decays as a power-law function of country landings with an exponent of value 0.15; (ii) the average numb...

  1. Fish stocking density impacts tank hydrodynamics

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    Rasmussen, Michael R.; Lunger, Angela; Laursen, Jesper; McLean, Ewen

    2006-01-01

    The effect of stocking density upon the hydrodynamics of a circular tank, configured in a recirculation system, was investigated. Red drums Sciaenops ocellatus of approximately 140 g wet weight, were stocked at five rates varying from 0 to 12 kg m-3. The impact of the presence of fish upon tank hydrodynamics was established using in-tank-based Rhodamine WT fluorometry at a flow rate of 0.23 l s-1 (tank exchange rate of 1.9 h-1). With increasing numbers of animals, curvilinear relationships were ...

  2. Implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management: from single-species to integrated ecosystem assessment and advice for Baltic Sea fish stocks

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    Möllmann, Christian; Lindegren, Martin; Blenckner, Thorsten; Bergström, Lena; Casini, Michele; Diekmann, Rabea; Flinkman, Juha; Müller-Karulis, Bärbel; Neuenfeldt, Stefan; Schmidt, Jörn O.; Tomczak, Maciej; Voss, Rüdiger; Gårdmark, Anna

    2014-01-01

    impact. The reason for the lack or slow implementation of EBM and specifically EBFM is a lack of a coherent strategy. Such a strategy is offered by recently developed integrated ecosystemassessments (IEAs), a formal synthesis tool to quantitatively analyse information on relevant natural and socio...... Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). We first review the state of the art in the development of IEA within the current management framework. We then outline and discuss an approach that integrates fish stock advice and IEAs for the Baltic Sea. We intentionally focus on the central Baltic Sea and......Theory behind ecosystem-based management (EBM) and ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) is nowwell developed. However, the implementation of EBFM exemplified by fisheries management in Europe is still largely based on single-species assessments and ignores the wider ecosystem context and...

  3. Censored catch data in fisheries stock assessment

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    Hammond, T; Trenkel, Verena

    2005-01-01

    Landings statistics can be lower than true catches because many fish are discarded or landed illegally. Since many discards do not survive, treating landings as true catches can lead to biased stock assessments. This paper proposes treating catch as censored by bounding it below by the landings, L, and above by cL (for scalar c > 1), We demonstrate the approach with a simulation study, using a Schaefer surplus production model. Parameters were estimated in a Bayesian framework with BUGS softw...

  4. 78 FR 19002 - Marine Mammal Protection Act; Draft Revised Stock Assessment Reports for Two Stocks of West...

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    2013-03-28

    ... Indian manatee stocks Nmin Rmax Fr PBR human-caused Stock status mortality (5- year average) Antillean... expertise in the fields of marine mammal biology and ecology, population dynamics, modeling, and commercial... Fish and Wildlife Service Marine Mammal Protection Act; Draft Revised Stock Assessment Reports for...

  5. Definition of a directed fishing effort in a mixed-species trawl fishery, and its impact on stock assessments

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    Biseau, Alain

    1998-01-01

    Catch-per-unit effort (CPUE) has frequently been used as an index of abundance and more specifically to calibrate virtual population analysis (VPA). In multi-species fisheries, CPUE calculated from fishing trips targeting the species seems to be more effective for calibration than the classical ratio total landings/total effort. Target species are determined from an analysis of the composition of catches (landings) of each fishing trip, each trip being categorised as to whether it targets the...

  6. Simulation testing the robustness of stock assessment models to error: some results from the ICES strategic initiative on stock assessment methods

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    Deroba, J. J.; Butterworth, D. S.; Methot, R. D.; De Oliveira, J. A. A.; Fernandez, C.; Nielsen, Anders; Cadrin, S. X.; Dickey-Collas, M.; Legault, C. M.; Ianelli, J.; Valero, J. L.; Needle, C. L.; O'Malley, J. M.; Chang, Y.-J.; Thompson, G. G.; Canales, C.; Swain, D. P.; Miller, D. C. M.; Hintzen, N. T.; Bertignac, M.; Ibaibarriaga, L.; Silva, A.; Murta, A.; Kell, L. T.; de Moor, C. L.; Parma, A. M.; Dichmont, C. M.; Restrepo, V. R.; Ye, Y.; Jardim, E.; Spencer, P. D.; Hanselman, D. H.; Blaylock, J.; Mood, M.; Hulson, P.- J. F.

    2015-01-01

    The World Conference on Stock Assessment Methods (July 2013) included a workshop on testing assessment methods through simulations. The exercise was made up of two steps applied to datasets from 14 representative fish stocks from around the world. Step 1 involved applying stock assessments to datasets with varying degrees of effort dedicated to optimizing fit. Step 2 was applied to a subset of the stocks and involved characteristics of given model fits being used to generate pseudo-data with err...

  7. The Stock Book 2013 : Annual Review of Fish Stocks in 2013 with Management Advice for 2014

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    Institute, Marine

    2013-01-01

    The Stock Book is the principal annual publication of the Marine Institute's Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services (FEAS). Its purpose is to provide the latest impartial scientific advice on the commercially exploited fish stocks of interest to Ireland. The Stock Book is used by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - (DAFM) at the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) negotiations with the EU in December and throughout the year at fisheries management meetings.

  8. Benefits of threshold strategies and age-selective harvesting in a fluctuating fish stock of Norwegian spring spawning herring Clupea harengus

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    Enberg, Katja

    2005-01-01

    The current state of the world’s fisheries resources requires further investigation into the means and methods for sustainable use of fish stocks. In this study, I assess the performance of different harvesting strategies on a population model developed for Norwegian spring spawning herring Clupea harengus, a stock historically known as one of the largest and most valuable fish stocks in the world. This stock is further characterized by strong long-term fluctuations in stock size, which consi...

  9. Resolving Hjort's Dilemma: How Is Recruitment Related to Spawning Stock Biomass in Marine Fish?

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    Philippe M. Cury

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The relationship between spawning fish abundance and the number of offspring, the so-called stock-recruitment relationship, is crucial for fisheries management and conservation measures. Using the most comprehensive data set ever assembled, we quantify this relationship for 211 fish stocks worldwide, revealing a global pattern with a pervasive asymptotic shape that shows increasing recruitment reaching an upper limit for values around half to two-thirds of parental biomass. This corroborates previous theoretical and modeling results. However, parental biomass is a predictor for only 5% to 15% of the variance in recruitment, demonstrating the weak predictive power of the stock-recruitment relationship in marine fish populations. Thus, there is a need to move rapidly toward models that integrate environmental conditions and species interactions in fisheries stock assessment and management, as suggested by Johan Hjort 100 years ago

  10. Biological reference points for fish stocks in a multispecies context

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    Collie, J.S.; Gislason, Henrik

    2001-01-01

    variation. For a prey species like sprat, fishing mortality reference levels should be conditioned on the level of predation mortality. For a predator species, a conservative level of fishing mortality can be identified that will prevent growth overfishing and ensure stock replacement. These first- order...

  11. Assessment and management of flatfish stocks.

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    Cadrin, S.X.; Clark, W.G.; Ricard, Daniel

    2. Wiley Blackwell, 2015 - (Gibson, R.; Nash, R.; Geffen, A.; VanDerVeer, H.), s. 461-490 ISBN 978-111850115-3;978-111850119-1 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : flatfish * stock assessment * fishery management * population dynamics * stock-recruitment relationships * stock status

  12. On the performance of fish stock parameters derived from VIT pseudo-cohort analysis

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    Rätz, Hans-Joachim; Cheilari, Anna; Lleonart, Jordi

    2010-01-01

    [EN] The comparison of VIT model results with those of the virtual population analysis assessment of the cod stock in the Skagerrak, North Sea and Eastern Channel established by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) reveal that overall trends in fishing mortality and stock size are well captured over a period of three decades (1963-1992). However, the implications of the equilibrium assumption (steady state) made by the VIT model are enormous, as it forces strong int...

  13. Eastern Baltic cod in distress: biological changes and challenges for stock assessment

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    Eero, Margit; Hjelm, Joakim; Behrens, Jane; Buckmann, Kurt; Cardinale, Massimiliano; Casini, Michele; Gasyukov, Pavel; Holmgren, Noel; Horbowy, J.; Hüssy, Karin; Kirkegaard, Eskild; Kornilovs, G.; Krumme, Uwe; Köster, Fritz; Oeberst, Rainer; Plikss, M.; Radtke, Krzysztof; Raid, Tiit; Schmidt, Jörn O.; Tomczak, Maciej; Vinther, Morten; Zimmermann, Christopher; Storr-Paulsen, Marie

    2015-01-01

    The eastern Baltic (EB) cod (Gadus morhua) stock was depleted and overexploited for decades until the mid-2000s, when fishing mortality rapidly declined and biomass started to increase, as shown by stock assessments. These positive developments were partly assigned to effective management measures, and the EB cod was considered one of the most successful stock recoveries in recent times. In contrast to this optimistic view, the analytical stock assessment failed in 2014, leaving the present stoc...

  14. Limits to the reliability of size-based fishing status estimation for data-poor stocks

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    Kokkalis, Alexandros; Thygesen, Uffe HØgsbro

    2015-01-01

    For stocks which are considered “data-poor” no knowledge exist about growth, mortality or recruitment. The only available information is from catches. Here we examine the ability to assess the level of exploitation of a data-poor stock based only on information of the size of individuals in catches. The model is a formulation of the classic Beverton–Holt theory in terms of size where stock parameters describing growth, natural mortality, recruitment, etc. are determined from life-history invariants. A simulation study was used to compare the reliability of assessments performed under different information availability scenarios, from data-limited, where none of the parameters are known beforehand, to different degrees of information availability cases where one or more parameters are known. If no parameters are known it is possible to correctly assess whether the fishing mortality is below Fmsy in more than 60% of the cases, and almost always correctly assess whether a stock is subject to overfishing. Adding information about age, i.e., assuming that growth rate and asymptotic size are known, does not improve the estimation. Only knowledge of the ratio between mortality and growth led to a considerable improvement in the assessment. Overall, the simulation study demonstrates that it may be possible to classify a data-poor stock as undergoing over- or under-fishing, while the exact status, i.e., how much the fishing mortality is above or below Fmsy, can only be assessed with a substantial uncertainty. Limitations of the approach are discussed

  15. On the Stock Estimation for a Harvested Fish Population

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    Guiro, Aboudramane; Iggidr, Abderrahman; Ngom, Diène

    2012-01-01

    We consider a stage-structured model of a harvested fish population and we are interested in the problem of estimating the unknown stock state for each class. The model used in this work to describe the dynamical evolution of the population is a discrete time system including a nonlinear recruitment relationship. To estimate the stock state, we build an observer for the considered fish model. This observer is an auxiliary dynamical system that uses the catch data over each time interval and g...

  16. Rebuilding EU fish stocks and fisheries, a process under way?

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    Cardinale, M.; Dörner, H.; Abella, A.; Andersen, Jesper Levring; Casey, J.; Döring, R.; Kirkegaard, E.; Motova, A.; Anderson, J.; Simmonds, E.J.; Stransky, C.

    2013-01-01

    As a signatory to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the European Union (EU) has made a commitment to maintain or restore fish stocks to levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), and where possible not later than 2015. So how has the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) fared in trying to achieve this objective? The development of the status of 41 commercially exploited fish stocks from the North East Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea (FAO Area 27) was analysed...

  17. Rebuilding EU fish stocks and fisheries, a process underway?

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    Cardinale, M.; Doerner, H.; Abella, A.; Andersen, J.L.; Casey, J.; Döring, R.; Kirkegaard, Eskild; Motova, A.; Andersson, J.; Simmonds, I.J.

    2013-01-01

    As a signatory to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the European Union (EU) has made a commitment to maintain or restore fish stocks to levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), and where possible not later than 2015. So how has the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) fared in trying to achieve this objective? The development of the status of 41 commercially exploited fish stocks from the North East Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea (FAO Area 27) was analysed...

  18. Rebuilding EU fish stocks and fisheries, a process under way?

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    Cardinale, M.; Dörner, H.

    2013-01-01

    As a signatory to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the European Union (EU) has made a commitment to maintain or restore fish stocks to levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), and where possible not later than 2015. So how has the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) fared in trying to achieve this objective? The development of the status of 41 commercially exploited fish stocks from the North East Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea (FAO Area 27) was analysed together with the economic performance of the fleets exploiting those stocks. The analyses indicate that the exploitation status for many of the stocks has greatly improved during the last 10 years while the economic performance of the fleets over the same period has been highly variable. The main economic indicators (gross value added (GVA) and operating cash flow (OCF)) have gradually improved at a time when the general economic situation, which has a great influence on the markets, costs and purchase power, has worsened. While recognizing that much remains to be done to achieve the objective of the WSSD, the analyses indicate that actions implemented in the last decade under the CFP have led to an improvement in the status of many commercially important fish stocks and their fleets towards levels that are closer to those producing MSY.

  19. 78 FR 19002 - Marine Mammal Protection Act; Draft Revised Stock Assessment Reports for Two Stocks of West...

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    2013-03-28

    ...INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [Docket No...Two Stocks of West Indian Manatee AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior...the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service...SAR) for two West Indian manatee stocks:...

  20. Assessment of the cod stock in NAFO Division 3M

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    González-Troncoso, Diana; Vázquez, Antonio

    2011-01-01

    An assessment of the cod stock in NAFO Division 3M is performed. A Bayesian model, as used in the last assessments, was used to perform the analysis. Results indicat e a fairly substantial increase in SSB, reaching a value well above B lim . The six-years retrospective plot shows that the r ecruitment is overestimated every year. Three year projections indicate that fishing at the F statusquo level should allow SSB to increase slowly, although abundance will r...

  1. Assessment of the cod stock in NAFO Division 3M

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    González-Troncoso, Diana; Vázquez, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    An assessment of the cod stock in NAFO Division 3M is performed. A Bayesian model, as used in the two last assessments, was used to perform the analysis. Results indicate a fairly substantial increase in SSB, reaching a value well above Blim. The six-years retrospective plot shows that the recruitment is overestimated every year. Three year projections indicate that fishing at the Fbar level currently estimated for 2009 should allow SSB to increase, although abundance will remain ...

  2. SPAM (Sex-Structured Pandalus Assessment Model): a stock assessment model for Pandalus stocks

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    Drouineau, H.; Savard, L.; Desgagnés, M.; Duplisea, D.

    2012-01-01

    Despite the economic importance of Pandalus shrimp fisheries, few analytical tools have been developed to assess their stocks, and traditional stock assessment models are not appropriate because of biological specificities of Pandalus species. In this context, we propose SPAM (Sex-Structured Pandalus Assessment Model), a model dedicated to protandric hermaphrodite pandalids stock assessment. Pandalids are difficult to assess because the cues affecting sex change, size at recruitment, and mort...

  3. Intelligent Fish Freshness Assessment

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    Deena Benjamin

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Fish species identification and automated fish freshness assessment play important roles in fishery industry applications. This paper describes a method based on support vector machines (SVMs to improve the performance of fish identification systems. The result is used for the assessment of fish freshness using artificial neural network (ANN. Identification of the fish species involves processing of the images of fish. The most efficient features were extracted and combined with the down-sampled version of the images to create a 1D input vector. Max-Win algorithm applied to the SVM-based classifiers has enhanced the reliability of sorting to 96.46%. The realisation of Cyranose 320 Electronic nose (E-nose, in order to evaluate the fish freshness in real-time, is experimented. Intelligent processing of the sensor patterns involves the use of a dedicated ANN for each species under study. The best estimation of freshness was provided by the most sensitive sensors. Data was collected from four selected species of fishes over a period of ten days. It was concluded that the performance can be increased using individual trained ANN for each specie. The proposed system has been successful in identifying the number of days after catching the fish with an accuracy of up to 91%.

  4. The fish stocks of Lake Victoria, Uganda

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    Okaronon, J.O.

    1999-01-01

    An experimental bottom trawl survey was carried out in the Uganda sector of Lake Victoria from November 1997 to December 1998 to estimate the composition, distribution, and abundance of the major fish species. In 12 cruises, 295, thirty-minute hauls were taken in waters from 4-60 m deep. Nile perch, Lates niloticus (L) made up 95% of the catch by weight. Haplochromine cichlids and L. niloticus occurred in all areas sampled while Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (L.) and other tilapiines we...

  5. Genetic contribution of hatchery fish to walleye stocks in Saginaw Bay, Michigan

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    Todd, Thomas N.; Haas, Robert C.

    1995-01-01

    Stocks of walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) were severely depressed in Saginaw Bay in the 1970s. In 1979, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began intensive stocking of walleye fingerlings to bolster fish populations. Subsequent to stocking, the walleye fishery has recovered. The study objective was to determine if recovery was due to the stocking program or natural reproduction. Inherent genetic differences between hatchery fish and endemic walleyes were used to determine the effect and contribution of hatchery fish to Saginaw Bay.

  6. Single and multispecies reference points for Baltic fish stocks

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    Gislason, Henrik

    1999-01-01

    . Multispecies predictions suggest that the cod stock in the Baltic should be reduced to a very low level of biomass in order to benefit from the higher productivity of herring and sprat, its major prey. Such a result stresses the need for incorporating socio-economic considerations in the definition of target...... reference points. Management advice based on biomass reference points will also differ. In the single species situation the combinations of cod and pelagic fishing effort for which the equilibrium spawning- stock biomass of the three species is above the biomass reference points forms a rectangular area....... When biological interaction is taken into account the limits of this area becomes curved. Reference limits for forage fish cannot be defined without considering changes in the biomass of their natural predators. Likewise, reference limits for predators cannot be defined without considering changes in...

  7. Topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva: a side effect of fish stocking

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    Micha? Nowak

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available he topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva is an eastern-Asian cyprinid species, which inrelatively short time has colonised nearly the whole Europe. In some regions it has become a notablereproduction success and significantly disrupted native ecosystems. Such a fast expansion is mostprobably caused by uncontrolled transfers of stocking fish, mainly Asian carps, i.e., Ctenopharyngodonidella, and Hypophthalmichthys spp. The case of P. parva invasion demonstrates the risk oftranslocations of fish, as well as urgent need of more caution and prevention in order to avoid furthersuch unexpected guests.

  8. Duck Valley Resident Fish Stocking Program, 2000 Final Annual Report.

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    Dodson, Guy; Pero, Vincent

    2002-01-01

    The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes fish-stocking program was begun in 1988 and is intended to provide a subsistence fishery for the tribal members. The program stocks catchable and fingerling size trout in Mt. View and Sheep Creek Reservoirs. Rainbow trout are purchased from only certified disease-free facilities to be stocked in our reservoirs. This project will help restore a fishery for tribal members that historically depended on wild salmon and steelhead in the Owyhee and Bruneau Rivers and their tributaries for their culture as well as for subsistence. This project is partial substitution for loss of anadromous fish production due to construction and operation of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Until anadromous fish can be returned to the Owyhee and Bruneau Rivers this project will continue indefinitely. As part of this project the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes will also receive income in the form of fees from non-tribal members who come to fish these reservoirs. Regular monitoring and evaluation of the fishery will include sampling for length/weight/condition and for signs of disease. A detailed Monitoring and evaluation plan has been put in place for this project. However due to budget limitations on this project only the fishery surveys and limited water quality work can be completed. A creel survey was initiated in 1998 and we are following the monitoring and evaluation schedule for this program (as budget allows) as well as managing the budget and personnel. This program has been very successful in the past decade and has provided enjoyment and sustenance for both tribal and non-tribal members. All biological data and stocking rates will be including in the Annual reports to Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

  9. Changes in the fish community and water quality during seven years of stocking piscivorous fish in a shallow lake

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    Skov, Christian; Perrow, M.R.; Berg, Søren; Skovgaard, H.

    2002-01-01

    1. Piscivores (annual stocking of 1000 individuals ha(-1) of 0+ pike and a single stocking of 30 kg ha(-1) of large 20-30 cm perch) were stocked in seven consecutive years in a shallow eutrophic lake in Denmark. The stocking programme aimed at changing food-web structure by reducing zooplanktivorous and benthivorous fish, with resultant effects on lower trophic levels and ultimately water quality. 2. The fish community and water quality parameters (Secchi depth, concentrations of total phosphoru...

  10. 77 FR 27246 - Marine Mammal Protection Act; Stock Assessment Report

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    2012-05-09

    ... estimated average human-caused Stock Nmin Rmax Fr PBR mortality and Stock status serious injury (5- year....T. Tinker, A.B. Johnson, M.M. Staedler, and M.D. Harris. 2011. Sea otter morality in fish...

  11. The Effect of Marine Fish Biomass Stock Reduction to Fishers Revenue (A Case Study of Sardinella Lemuru Fisheries on Bali Strait)

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    Ratna Purwaningsih; Sjarief Widjaja; Sri Gunani Partiwi

    2011-01-01

    Stock assessment studies indicate that Sardinela Lemuru fisheries of Bali strait have been overfishing. This research attempts to (1) Identify the effect of biomass stock reduction to fishers revenue per trip, (2) Analyze the economic feasibility study for purse seine of Muncar, Banyuwangi. System Dynamic approach is used for simulation modeling. Simulation output shows a strong correlation between fish stock reduction and fisher revenue. The growth of fishing effort per year results on the r...

  12. Biological reference points for fish stocks in a multispecies context

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    Collie, J.S.; Gislason, Henrik

    2001-01-01

    Biological reference points (BRPs) are widely used to define safe levels of harvesting for marine fish populations. Most BRPs are either minimum acceptable biomass levels or maximum fishing mortality rates. The values of BRPs are determined from historical abundance data and the life-history parameters of the fish species. However, when the life-history parameters change over time, the BRPs become moving targets. In particular, the natural mortality rate of prey species depends on predator levels; conversely, predator growth rates depend on prey availability. We tested a suite of BRPs for their robustness to observed changes in natural mortality and growth rates. We used the relatively simple Baltic Sea fish community for this sensitivity test, with cod as predator and sprat and herring as prey. In general, the BRPs were much more sensitive to the changes in natural mortality rates than to growth variation. For a prey species like sprat, fishing mortality reference levels should be conditioned on the level ofpredation mortality. For a predator species, a conservative level of fishing mortality can be identified that will prevent growth overfishing and ensure stock replacement. These first- order multispecies interactions should be considered when defining BRPs for medium-term (5-10 year) management decisions.

  13. [Book review] Fish Gene Pools: preservation of genetic resources in relation to wild fish stocks, edited by N. Ryman

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    Simon, R.C.

    1984-01-01

    Review of: Fish Gene Pools: Preservation of Genetic Resources in Relation to Wild Fish Stocks. Edited by N. Ryman. The Editorial Service/FRN, Box 6710, S-11385, Stockholm, Sweden. 1981. 111 pages. $16.00 (paper).

  14. Brown trout ( Salmo trutta ) stocking impact assessment using microsatellite DNA markers

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    Hansen, Michael Møller; Ruzzante, D.E.; Eg Nielsen, Einar; Mensberg, Karen-Lise Dons

    2001-01-01

    The genetic integrity of many salmonid fish populations is threatened by stocking of domesticated conspecifics. The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of microsatellite DNA markers for detecting loss of genetic diversity in hatchery strains, for estimating their genetic relationships, and for monitoring the genetic impact of stocking activity on wild populations of salmonid fishes. Brown trout from ten hatchery strains, one supportive breeding "strain," and five wild populations wer...

  15. A Toolbox for Age-structured Stock Assessment using Catch and Survey data (TASACS)

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    Skagen, Dankert W.; Skålevik, Åsmund

    2009-01-01

    TASACS (A Toolbox for Age-structured Stock Assessment using Catch and Survey data) is a collection of computer programs for performing routine analytic assessments of fish stocks. It consists of programs for making assessments and a working environment for handling input data, organizing the work and displaying results and diagnostics. The paper gives a detailed description of the methods and an outline of the working environment.

  16. An assessment of NAFO roughhead grenadier Subarea 2 and 3 stock

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    González Costas, F. (Fernando)

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to present the status of NAFO roughhead grenadier Subarea 2 and 3 stock based on different assessments models using all the available information. Different assessment methods have been applied based on the data available: Extended Survivors Analysis, a Stock-Production Model Incorporating Covariates (ASPIC) and a qualitative assessment based on survey and fishery information. XSA results are considered uncertainties due to the low Fishing mortality estimated compa...

  17. Eastern Baltic cod in distress: biological changes and challenges for stock assessment

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    Eero, Margit; Hjelm, Joakim

    2015-01-01

    The eastern Baltic (EB) cod (Gadus morhua) stock was depleted and overexploited for decades until the mid-2000s, when fishing mortality rapidly declined and biomass started to increase, as shown by stock assessments. These positive developments were partly assigned to effective management measures, and the EB cod was considered one of the most successful stock recoveries in recent times. In contrast to this optimistic view, the analytical stock assessment failed in 2014, leaving the present stock status unclear. Deteriorated quality of some basic input data for stock assessment in combination with changes in environmental and ecological conditions has led to an unusual situation for cod in the Baltic Sea, which poses new challenges for stock assessment and management advice.Anumber of adverse developments such as low nutritional condition and disappearance of larger individuals indicate that the stock is in distress. In this study, we (i) summarize the knowledge of recent changes in cod biology and ecosystem conditions, (ii) describe the subsequent challenges for stock assessment, and (iii) highlight the key questions where answers are urgently needed to understand the present stock status and provide scientifically solid support for cod management in the Baltic Sea

  18. The effect of fish impingement at Sizewell 'A' Power Station, Suffolk, on North Sea fish stocks

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    Samples collected from the cooling water intake screens of Sizewell 'A' power station over a 12 month period contained 73 species of fish. Of these, only 20 species were present on more than 50% of sampling dates and only 7 commercially exploited species were caught in quantities of more than a few hundred over the year; namely sprat, herring, cod, whiting, sole, dab and plaice. These species formed the basis of analysis of the impact of the Power Station on commercial species. Commercial species found in the Sizewell area are part of major North Sea stocks. The impact of the losses due to the Power Station is spread over these stocks, hence the effect is minimal. The mortality rate caused by the Power Station is one thousandth to one hundred-thousandth, depending on species, of that caused by commercial fishing and the effect is less than that of a small, inefficient commercial trawler. (author)

  19. AFSC/REFM: Alaska Stock Assessment Results Archive (SARA)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Each year over 50 Alaskan groundfish stock assessments report the condition of Alaskan fisheries resources in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Stock assessment...

  20. Age-structure-dependent recruitment: a meta-analysis applied to Northeast Atlantic fish stocks

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    Brunel, T.P.A.

    2010-01-01

    Exploitation alters the age structure of fish stocks. Several stock-specific studies have suggested that changes in the age structure might have consequences for subsequent recruitment, but the evidence is not universal. To investigate how common such effects are among 39 Northeast Atlantic fish stocks, relationships were tested between age structure (spawner mean age, age diversity, and proportion of recruit spawners) and recruitment (number of recruits, sensitivity to environment, and recru...

  1. Size-based estimation of the status of fish stocks: simulation analysis and comparison with age-based estimations

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    Kokkalis, Alexandros; Thygesen, Uffe HØgsbro

    Estimation of the status of fish stocks is important for sustainable management. Data limitations and data quality hinder this task. The commonly used age-based approaches require information about individual age, which is costly and relatively inaccurate. In contrast, the size of organisms is linked to physiology more directly than is age, and can be measured easier with less cost. In this work we used a single-species size-based model to estimate the fishing mortality (F) and the status of the stock, quantified by the ratio F/Fmsy between actual fishing mortality and the fishing mortality which leads to the maximum sustainable yield. A simulation analysis was done to investigate the sensitivity of the estimation and its improvement when stock specific life history information is available. To evaluate our approach with real observations, data-rich fish stocks, like the North Sea cod, were investigated and our estimations were compared to the ICES advice. Only size-specific catch data were used, in order to emulate data limited situations. The simulation analysis reveals that the status of the stock, i.e. F/Fmsy, is estimated more accurately than the fishing mortality F itself. Specific knowledge of the natural mortality improves the estimation more than having information about all other life history parameters. Our approach gives, at least qualitatively, an estimated stock status which is similar to the results of an age-based assessment. Since our approach only uses size-based catch data, it is a suitable tool for data-limited situations

  2. A reliable method for ageing of whiting (Merlangius merlangus) for use in stock assessment and management

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    Ross, Stine Dalmann; Hüssy, Karin

    2013-01-01

    Accurate age estimation is important for stock assessment and management. The importance of reliable ageing is emphasized by the impending analytical assessment of whiting (Merlangius merlangus) in the Baltic Sea. Whiting is a top predator in the western Baltic Sea, where it is fished commercially...

  3. Integrating Anisakis spp. parasites data and host genetic structure in the frame of a holistic approach for stock identification of selected Mediterranean Sea fish species.

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    Mattiucci, S; Cimmaruta, R; Cipriani, P; Abaunza, P; Bellisario, B; Nascetti, G

    2015-01-01

    The unique environment of the Mediterranean Sea makes fish stock assessment a major challenge. Stock identification of Mediterranean fisheries has been based mostly from data on biology, morphometrics, artificial tags, otolith shape and fish genetics, with less effort on the use of parasites as biomarkers. Here we use some case studies comparing Mediterranean vs Atlantic fish stocks in a multidisciplinary framework. The generalized Procrustes Rotation (PR) was used to assess the association between host genetics and larval Anisakis spp. datasets on demersal (hake) and pelagic (horse mackerel, swordfish) species. When discordant results emerged, they were due to the different features of the data. While fish population genetics can detect changes over an evolutionary timescale, providing indications on the cohesive action of gene flow, parasites are more suitable biomarkers when considering fish stocks over smaller temporal and spatial scales, hence giving information of fish movements over their lifespan. Future studies on the phylogeographic analysis of parasites suitable as biomarkers, and that of their fish host, performed on the same genes, will represent a further tool to be included in multidisciplinary studies on fish stock structure. PMID:25145788

  4. Implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management: from single-species to integrated ecosystem assessment and advice for Baltic Sea fish stocks

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    Möllmann, Christian; Lindegren, Martin; Blenckner, Thorsten; Bergström, Lena; Casini, Michele; Diekmann, Rabea; Flinkman, Juha; Müller-Karulis, Bärbel; Neuenfeldt, Stefan; Schmidt, Jörn O.; Tomczak, Maciej; Voss, Rüdiger; Gårdmark, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Theory behind ecosystem-based management (EBM) and ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) is nowwell developed. However, the implementation of EBFM exemplified by fisheries management in Europe is still largely based on single-species assessments and ignores the wider ecosystem context and impact. The reason for the lack or slow implementation of EBM and specifically EBFM is a lack of a coherent strategy. Such a strategy is offered by recently developed integrated ecosystemassessments (IEAs...

  5. Assessing the effects of a chronic stressor, stocking density, on welfare indicators of juvenile African catfish, Clarias gariepinus Burchell.

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    Nieuwegiessen, P.G., van de; Boerlage, A.S.; Verreth, J. A. J.; Schrama, J.W.

    2008-01-01

    Fish welfare is an area of increasing interest and stocking densities used in commercial aquaculture have been highlighted as a subject of specific welfare concern. The present study assessed how stocking density affects growth performance (final body weight, SGR, FCR), physiological (plasma cortisol, glucose, lactate) and behavioural (swimming activity, stereotypes, escapes, aggression, airbreathing) responses of farmed African catfish (Clarias gariepinus). We stocked African catfish (10g) i...

  6. The Effect of Marine Fish Biomass Stock Reduction to Fishers Revenue (A Case Study of Sardinella Lemuru Fisheries on Bali Strait

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    Ratna Purwaningsih

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Stock assessment studies indicate that Sardinela Lemuru fisheries of Bali strait have been overfishing. This research attempts to (1 Identify the effect of biomass stock reduction to fishers revenue per trip, (2 Analyze the economic feasibility study for purse seine of Muncar, Banyuwangi. System Dynamic approach is used for simulation modeling. Simulation output shows a strong correlation between fish stock reduction and fisher revenue. The growth of fishing effort per year results on the reduction of catch per unit effort and total catch per year. Feasibility study concludes that purse seine (30 GT which operates 120 trips per year is no longer a profitable business since 2020.

  7. The use of coded wire tags to estimate cormorant predation on fish stocks in an estuary

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    Jepsen, Niels; Klenke, Reinhard; Sonnesen, Per Michael; Bregnballe, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    One of the main obstacles to resolving the conflict between an increasing population of cormorants, Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis, and the fishing industry is the lack of documentation of the effect of the birds’ predation on fish stocks. Tagging and releasing fish with coded wire tags followed by intensive cormorant pellet sampling may be a viable method to measure the impact of cormorants on fish populations. To test this new method, we studied cormorant predation in a shallow estuary, where ne...

  8. Swimming Performance Assessment in Fishes

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    Tierney, Keith B.

    2011-01-01

    Swimming performance tests of fish have been integral to studies of muscle energetics, swimming mechanics, gas exchange, cardiac physiology, disease, pollution, hypoxia and temperature. This paper describes a flexible protocol to assess fish swimming performance using equipment in which water velocity can be controlled. The protocol involves one to several stepped increases in flow speed that are intended to cause fish to fatigue. Step speeds and their duration can be set to capture swimming ...

  9. Resolving Hjort's Dilemma How Is Recruitment Related to Spawning Stock Biomass in Marins Fish?

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    Cury, Philippe M.; Fromentin, Jean-Marc; Figuet, Sarah; Bonhommeau, Sylvain

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between spawning fish abundance and the number of offspring, the so-called stock-recruitment relationship, is crucial for fisheries management and conservation measures. Using the most comprehensive data set ever assembled, we quantify this relationship for 211 fish stocks worldwide, revealing a global pattern with a pervasive asymptotic shape that shows increasing recruitment reaching an upper limit for values around half to two-thirds of parental biomass. This corroborates ...

  10. Simulation testing the robustness of stock assessment models to error: some results from the ICES strategic initiative on stock assessment methods

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    Deroba, J. J.; Butterworth, D. S.

    2015-01-01

    The World Conference on Stock Assessment Methods (July 2013) included a workshop on testing assessment methods through simulations. The exercise was made up of two steps applied to datasets from 14 representative fish stocks from around the world. Step 1 involved applying stock assessments to datasets with varying degrees of effort dedicated to optimizing fit. Step 2 was applied to a subset of the stocks and involved characteristics of given model fits being used to generate pseudo-data with error. These pseudo-data were then provided to assessment modellers and fits to the pseudo-data provided consistency checks within (self-tests) and among (cross-tests) assessment models. Although trends in biomass were often similar across models, the scaling of absolute biomass was not consistent across models. Similar types of models tended to perform similarly (e.g. age based or production models). Self-testing and cross-testing of models are a useful diagnostic approach, and suggested that estimates in the most recent years of time-series were the least robust. Results from the simulation exercise provide a basis for guidance on future large-scale simulation experiments and demonstrate the need for strategic investments in the evaluation and development of stock assessment methods

  11. Impacts of the local environment on recruitment: a comparative study of North Sea and Baltic Sea fish stocks

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    Pécuchet, Lauréne; Nielsen, J. Rasmus

    2015-01-01

    While the impact of environmental forcing on recruitment variability in marine populations remains largely elusive, studies spanning large spatial areas and many stocks are able to identify patterns common to different regions and species. In this study, we investigate the effects of the environment on the residuals of a Ricker stock–recruitment (SR) model, used as a proxy of prerecruits’ survival, of 18 assessed stocks in the Baltic and North Seas. A probabilistic principal components (PCs) analysis permits the identification of groups of stocks with shared variability in the prerecruits’ survival, most notably a group of pelagics in the Baltic Sea and a group composed of gadoids and herring in the North Sea. The first two PCs generally grouped the stocks according to their localizations: the North Sea, the Kattegat–Western Baltic, and the Baltic Sea. This suggests the importance of the local environmental variability on the recruitment strength. Hence, the prerecruits’ survival variability is studied according to geographically disaggregated and potentially impacting abiotic or biotic variables. Time series (1990–2009) of nine environmental variables consistent with the spawning locations and season for each stock were extracted from a physical–biogeochemical model to evaluate their ability to explain the survival of prerecruits. Environmental variables explained .70% of the survival variability for eight stocks. The variables water current, salinity, temperature, and biomass of other fish stocks are regularly significant in the models. This study shows the importance of the local environment on the dynamics of SR. The results provide evidence of the necessity of including environmental variables in stock assessment for a realistic and efficient management of fisheries

  12. Fish stocking density induced growth responses of some biogeochemical cycling bacterial population

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    J. N. Bhakta

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Experiment was performed to ascertain the effect of fish stocking density on population growth performance of some biogeochemical cycling bacteria in carp culture system. Advanced fry of Catla catla L., Labeo bata Ham. and Cyprinus carpio L. were introduced into tanks @ 8, 13, 16 and 32 fry tank-1 maintaining the ratio of C. catla -2 : L. bata -3 : C. carpio -3. Each tank was fertilized with mixed fertilizer @ 200 g week-1 during the rearing period of 150 days. Water samples were collected for examination of bacterial population, primary productivity and water quality parameters at weekly and biweekly intervals. Growth of fish was recorded at regular intervals. Statistical analysis of collected data was done by ANOVA and LSD for separation of mean (P < 0.05. Bacterial growth rate and productivity tended to rise with increasing stocking density showing maximum at stocking density 32 fry tank-1 whereas, fish growth exhibited an increasing trend upto stocking density 16 fry tank-1 and declined in further increment of fish density. Stocking density dependent growth efficiency of different bacteria (heterotrophic bacteria, cellulose decomposing bacteria, denitrifying bacteria and phosphate solubilizing bacteria varied from 18 to 62.7%, 45 to 140%, 61 to 238% and 79 to 382% in stocking density 8, 13, 16 and 32 fry tank-1 , respectively. Results clearly revealed that higher stocking density of fishes liberates higher quantity of faecal matter containing proportionately greater amount of nutrients having more scope for bacteria to act upon the faecal matter resulting in higher bacterial population and productivity in one hand and fish growth inhibition due to stressful and uncongenial environmental condition developed by means of heavy nutrient load on the other hand. Therefore, it may be concluded that stocking density influencing the growth of biogeochemical cycling bacterial population in fish culture system.

  13. Resident Fish Stock above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams; 2002 Annual Report.

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    Connor, Jason M. (Kalispel Department of Natural Resources, Usk, WA); McLellan, Jason G. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane, WA); Butler, Chris (Spokane Tribe of Indians, Department of Natural Resources, Wellpinit, WA)

    2003-09-01

    In 1980, the United States Congress enacted the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act (PL 96-501, 1980), which established the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), formerly the Northwest Power Planning Council. The NPCC was directed by Congress to develop a regional Power Plan and also the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (FWP) to restore or replace losses of fish caused by construction and operation of hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin. In developing the FWP, Congress specifically directed NPCC to solicit recommendations for measures to be included in the Program from the region's fish and wildlife agencies and Indian tribes. All measures adopted by the Council were also required to be consistent with the management objectives of the agencies and tribes [Section 4.(h)(6)(A)], the legal rights of Indian tribes in the region [Section 4.(h)(6)(D)] and be based upon and supported by the best available scientific knowledge [Section 4.(h)(6)(B)]. The Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Project, also known as the Joint Stock Assessment Project (JSAP) specifically addresses NPPC Council measure 10.8B.26 of the 1994 program. The Joint Stock Assessment Project is a management tool using ecosystem principles to manage artificial fish assemblages and native fish in altered environments existing in the Columbia River System above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (Blocked Area). A three-phase approach of this project will enhance the fisheries resources of the Blocked Area by identifying data gaps, filling data gaps with research, and implementing management recommendations based on research results. The Blocked Area fisheries information is housed in a central location, allowing managers to view the entire system while making decisions, rather than basing management decisions on isolated portions of the system. The JSAP is designed and guided jointly by fisheries managers in the Blocked Area. The initial year of the project (1997) identified the need for a central data storage and analysis facility, coordination with the StreamNet project, compilation of Blocked Area fisheries information, and a report on the ecological condition of the Spokane River System. These needs were addressed in 1998 by acquiring a central location with a data storage and analysis system, coordinating a pilot project with StreamNet, compiling fisheries distribution data throughout the Blocked Area, identifying data gaps based on compiled information, and researching the ecological condition of the Spokane River. In order to ensure that any additional information collected throughout the life of this project will be easily stored and manipulated by the central storage facility, it was necessary to develop standardized methodologies between the JSAP fisheries managers. Common collection and analytical methodologies were developed in 1999. In 1999, 2000, and 2001 the project began addressing some of the identified data gaps throughout the Blocked Area. Data collection of established projects and a variety of newly developed sampling projects are ongoing. Projects developed and undertaken by JSAP fisheries managers include investigations of the Pend Orielle River and its tributaries, the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation. Migration patterns of adfluvial and reservoir fish in Box Canyon Reservoir and its tributaries, a baseline assessment of Boundary Reservoir and its tributaries, ecological assessment of mountain lakes in Pend Oreille County, and assessments of streams and lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation were completed by 2001. Assessments of the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, tributaries to the Pend Oreille River, small lakes in Pend Oreille County, WA, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation were conducted in 2002. This work was done in accordance with the scope of work approved by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

  14. Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams; 2001 Annual Report.

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    Connor, Jason M. (Kalispell Department of Natural Resources, Usk, WA); McLellan, Jason G. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane, WA); O' Connor, Dick (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, WA)

    2003-01-01

    In 1980, the United States Congress enacted the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act (PL 96-501, 1980), which established the Northwest Power Planning Council (NPPC). The NPPC was directed by Congress to develop a regional Power Plan and also the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (FWP) to restore or replace losses of fish caused by construction and operation of hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin. In developing the FWP, Congress specifically directed NPPC to solicit recommendations for measures to be included in the Program from the region's fish and wildlife agencies and Indian tribes. All measures adopted by the Council were also required to be consistent with the management objectives of the agencies and tribes [Section 4.(h)(6)(A)], the legal rights of Indian tribes in the region [Section 4.(h)(6)(D)] and be based upon and supported by the best available scientific knowledge [Section 4.(h)(6)(B)]. The Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Project, also known as the Joint Stock Assessment Project (JSAP) specifically addresses NPPC Council measure 10.8B.26 of the 1994 program. The Joint Stock Assessment Project is a management tool using ecosystem principles to manage artificial fish assemblages and native fish in altered environments existing in the Columbia River System above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (Blocked Area). A three-phase approach of this project will enhance the fisheries resources of the Blocked Area by identifying data gaps, filling data gaps with research, and implementing management recommendations based on research results. The Blocked Area fisheries information is housed in a central location, allowing managers to view the entire system while making decisions, rather than basing management decisions on isolated portions of the system. The JSAP is designed and guided jointly by fisheries managers in the Blocked Area and the Columbia Basin Blocked Area Management Plan (1998). The initial year of the project (1997) identified the need for a central data storage and analysis facility, coordination with the StreamNet project, compilation of Blocked Area fisheries information, and a report on the ecological condition of the Spokane River System. These needs were addressed in 1998 by acquiring a central location with a data storage and analysis system, coordinating a pilot project with StreamNet, compiling fisheries distribution data throughout the Blocked Area, identifying data gaps based on compiled information, and researching the ecological condition of the Spokane River. In order to ensure that any additional information collected throughout the life of this project will be easily stored and manipulated by the central storage facility, it was necessary to develop standardized methodologies between the JSAP fisheries managers. Common collection and analytical methodologies were developed in 1999. In 1999, 2000, and 2001 the project began addressing some of the identified data gaps throughout the Blocked Area. Data collection of established projects and a variety of newly developed sampling projects are ongoing. Projects developed and undertaken by JSAP fisheries managers include investigations of the Pend Orielle River and its tributaries, the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation. Migration patterns of adfluvial and reservoir fish in Box Canyon Reservoir and its tributaries, a baseline assessment of Boundary Reservoir and its tributaries, ecological assessment of mountain lakes in Pend Oreille County, and assessments of seven streams and four lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation were completed by 2000. Assessments of the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, tributaries to the Pend Oreille River, small lakes in southern Pend Oreille County, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation were conducted in 2001. This work was done in accordance with the scope of work approved by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

  15. Variation in fish condition between Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) stocks and implications for their management

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    Rätz, Hans-Joachim; LLORET J.; Casey, J.; Aglen, Asgeir; Schopka, S.A.; O’Brien, Loretta; Steingrund, P.

    2000-01-01

    A comparative analysis of the fish condition (Fulton’s K) of 11 cod stocks in the North Atlantic in relation to the temperature of their habitat and their reproductive potential is presented. It is shown that the cod stocks in the North Atlantic display different levels of mean condition, which are partly due to the different temperature regimes of their habitats. Cod stocks living in colder waters, e.g. Southern Gulf of St Lawrence, Greenland and Grand Bank cod stocks, were more poorly-condi...

  16. Assessments of the lesser sandeel ( Ammodytes marinus ) in the North Sea based on revised stock divisions

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    Pedersen, S.A.; Lewy, Peter; Wright, P.

    1999-01-01

    predictions. The Danish weight-at-age data of sandeel are re- analysed to estimate the mean weight-at-age in the catch and the stock and the precision of the estimates. The reliability of the sandeel assessments is discussed in relation to the data sources available and to the knowledge of sandeel biology and......Recent investigations suggest that the current treatment of North Sea sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) as a single unit stock may have little biological basis. In order to study regional effects of the fishery on North Sea lesser sandeel it may therefore be important to assess stock dynamics for the...... effort, catch per unit effort, yield, fishing and natural mortality. A better understanding of sandeel growth is important for stock and catch predictions because previous studies indicate that the variability of mean weight-at-age is one of the most important factors influencing the precision of...

  17. Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams; 2002-2003 Annual Report.

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    Connor, Jason M. (Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Usk, WA); McLellan, Jason G. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife); Butler, Chris (Spokane Tribe of Indians, Wellpinit, WA)

    2006-02-01

    In 1980, the United States Congress enacted the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act (PL 96-501, 1980), which established the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), formerly the Northwest Power Planning Council. The NPCC was directed by Congress to develop a regional Power Plan and also the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (FWP) to restore or replace losses of fish caused by construction and operation of hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin. In developing the FWP, Congress specifically directed NPCC to solicit recommendations for measures to be included in the Program from the region's fish and wildlife agencies and Indian tribes. All measures adopted by the Council were also required to be consistent with the management objectives of the agencies and tribes [Section 4.(h)(6)(A)], the legal rights of Indian tribes in the region [Section 4.(h)(6)(D)] and be based upon and supported by the best available scientific knowledge [Section 4.(h)(6)(B)]. The Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Project, also known as the Joint Stock Assessment Project (JSAP) specifically addresses NPPC Council measure 10.8B.26 of the 1994 program. The Joint Stock Assessment Project is a management tool using ecosystem principles to manage artificial and native fish assemblages in altered environments existing in the Columbia River System above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (Blocked Area). A three-phase approach of this project will enhance the fisheries resources of the Blocked Area by identifying data gaps, filling data gaps with research, and implementing management recommendations based on research results. The Blocked Area fisheries information is housed in a central location, allowing managers to view the entire system while making decisions, rather than basing management decisions on isolated portions of the system. The JSAP is designed and guided jointly by fisheries managers in the Blocked Area. The initial year of the project (1997) identified the need for a central data storage and analysis facility, coordination with the StreamNet project, compilation of Blocked Area fisheries information, and a report on the ecological condition of the Spokane River System. These needs were addressed in 1998 by acquiring a central location with a data storage and analysis system, coordinating a pilot project with StreamNet, compiling fisheries distribution data throughout the Blocked Area, identifying data gaps based on compiled information, and researching the ecological condition of the Spokane River. In order to ensure that any additional information collected throughout the life of this project will be easily stored and manipulated by the central storage facility, it was necessary to develop standardized methodologies between the JSAP fisheries managers. Common collection and analytical methodologies were developed in 1999. The project began addressing identified data gaps throughout the Blocked Area in 1999. Data collection of established projects and a variety of newly developed sampling projects are ongoing. Projects developed and undertaken by JSAP fisheries managers include investigations of the Pend Orielle River and its tributaries, the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation. Migration patterns of adfluvial and reservoir fish in Box Canyon Reservoir and its tributaries, a baseline assessment of Boundary Reservoir and its tributaries, ecological assessment of mountain lakes in Pend Oreille County, and assessments of streams and lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation were completed by 2001. Assessments of the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, Spokane River below Spokane Falls, tributaries to the Pend Oreille River, small lakes in Pend Oreille County, WA, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation were conducted in 2002 and 2003. This work was done in accordance with the scope of work approved by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

  18. Resident Fish Stock above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams; 2003-2004 Annual Report.

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    Connor, Jason M. (Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Usk, WA); McLellan, Jason G. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, WA); Butler, Chris (Spokane Tribe of Indians, Wellpinit, WA)

    2005-11-01

    In 1980, the United States Congress enacted the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Act (PL 96-501, 1980), which established the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), formerly the Northwest Power Planning Council. The NPCC was directed by Congress to develop a regional Power Plan and also the Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (FWP) to restore or replace losses of fish caused by construction and operation of hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin. In developing the FWP, Congress specifically directed NPCC to solicit recommendations for measures to be included in the Program from the region's fish and wildlife agencies and Indian tribes. All measures adopted by the Council were also required to be consistent with the management objectives of the agencies and tribes [Section 4.(h)(6)(A)], the legal rights of Indian tribes in the region [Section 4.(h)(6)(D)] and be based upon and supported by the best available scientific knowledge [Section 4.(h)(6)(B)]. The Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Project, also known as the Joint Stock Assessment Project (JSAP) specifically addresses NPPC Council measure 10.8B.26 of the 1994 program. The Joint Stock Assessment Project is a management tool using ecosystem principles to manage artificial and native fish assemblages in altered environments existing in the Columbia River System above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (Blocked Area). A three-phase approach of this project will enhance the fisheries resources of the Blocked Area by identifying data gaps, filling data gaps with research, and implementing management recommendations based on research results. The Blocked Area fisheries information is housed in a central location, allowing managers to view the entire system while making decisions, rather than basing management decisions on isolated portions of the system. The JSAP is designed and guided jointly by fisheries managers in the Blocked Area. The initial year of the project (1997) identified the need for a central data storage and analysis facility, coordination with the StreamNet project, compilation of Blocked Area fisheries information, and a report on the ecological condition of the Spokane River System. These needs were addressed in 1998 by acquiring a central location with a data storage and analysis system, coordinating a pilot project with StreamNet, compiling fisheries distribution data throughout the Blocked Area, identifying data gaps based on compiled information, and researching the ecological condition of the Spokane River. In order to ensure that any additional information collected throughout the life of this project will be easily stored and manipulated by the central storage facility, it was necessary to develop standardized methodologies between the JSAP fisheries managers. Common collection and analytical methodologies were developed in 1999. The project began addressing identified data gaps throughout the Blocked Area in 1999. Data collection of established projects and a variety of newly developed sampling projects are ongoing. Projects developed and undertaken by JSAP fisheries managers include investigations of the Pend Orielle River and its tributaries, the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation. Migration patterns of adfluvial and reservoir fish in Box Canyon Reservoir and its tributaries, a baseline assessment of Boundary Reservoir and its tributaries, ecological assessment of mountain lakes in Pend Oreille County, and assessments of streams and lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation were completed by 2001. Assessments of the Little Spokane River and its tributaries, Spokane River below Spokane Falls, tributaries to the Pend Oreille River, small lakes in Pend Oreille County, WA, and water bodies within and near the Spokane Indian Reservation were conducted in 2002 and 2003. This work was done in accordance with the scope of work approved by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

  19. Robustness of egg production methods as a fishery independent alternative to assess the Eastern Baltic cod stock (Gadus morhua callarias L.)

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    Kraus, Gerd; Hinrichsen, Hans-Harald; Voss, Rüdiger; Teschner, Eske; Tomkiewicz, Jonna; Köster, Fritz

    2012-01-01

    At present, several cod stocks are outside safe biological limits and are managed under recovery plans. For these stocks Total Allowable Catches (TAC's) are generally low and quotas are accompanied by a broad variety of technical measures influencing the fishing patterns. Consequently, the input data to stock assessment models relying on catch statistics from the commercial fisheries is potentially biased and the perception of stock status may be incorrect. Egg production methods (EPM) provide a...

  20. Biological reference points for fish stocks in a multispecies context

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    Collie, J.S.; Gislason, Henrik

    2001-01-01

    Biological reference points (BRPs) are widely used to define safe levels of harvesting for marine fish populations. Most BRPs are either minimum acceptable biomass levels or maximum fishing mortality rates. The values of BRPs are determined from historical abundance data and the life-history parameters of the fish species. However, when the life-history parameters change over time, the BRPs become moving targets. In particular, the natural mortality rate of prey species depends on predator level...

  1. Forecasting Fish Stock Recruitment and Planning Optimal Harvesting Strategies by Using Neural Network

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    Lin Sun

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Recruitment prediction is a key element for management decisions in many fisheries. A new approach using neural network is developed as a tool to produce a formula for forecasting fish stock recruitment. In order to deal with the local minimum problem in training neural network with back-propagation algorithm and to enhance forecasting precision, neural network’s weights are adjusted by optimization algorithm. It is demonstrated that a well trained artificial neural network reveals an extremely fast convergence and a high degree of accuracy in the prediction of fish stock recruitment.

  2. Annual Stock Assessment - CWT [Coded Wire Tag program] (USFWS), Annual Report 2007.

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    Pastor, Stephen M. [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Columbia River Fisheries Program Office

    2009-07-21

    In 1989 the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) began funding the evaluation of production groups of juvenile anadromous fish not being coded-wire tagged for other programs. These groups were the 'Missing Production Groups'. Production fish released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) without representative coded-wire tags during the 1980s are indicated as blank spaces on the survival graphs in this report. This program is now referred to as 'Annual Stock Assessment - CWT'. The objectives of the 'Annual Stock Assessment' program are to: (1) estimate the total survival of each production group, (2) estimate the contribution of each production group to fisheries, and (3) prepare an annual report for USFWS hatcheries in the Columbia River basin. Coded-wire tag recovery information will be used to evaluate the relative success of individual brood stocks. This information can also be used by salmon harvest managers to develop plans to allow the harvest of excess hatchery fish while protecting threatened, endangered, or other stocks of concern. All fish release information, including marked/unmarked ratios, is reported to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). Fish recovered in the various fisheries or at the hatcheries are sampled to recover coded-wire tags. This recovery information is also reported to PSMFC. This report has been prepared annually starting with the report labeled 'Annual Report 1994'. Although the current report has the title 'Annual Report 2007', it was written in fall of 2008 using data available from RMIS that same year, and submitted as final in January 2009. The main objective of the report is to evaluate survival of groups which have been tagged under this ongoing project.

  3. Limits to the reliability of size-based fishing status estimation for data-poor stocks

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    Kokkalis, Alexandros; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro; Nielsen, Anders; Andersen, Ken Haste

    2015-01-01

    For stocks which are considered “data-poor” no knowledge exist about growth, mortality or recruitment. The only available information is from catches. Here we examine the ability to assess the level of exploitation of a data-poor stock based only on information of the size of individuals in catches. The model is a formulation of the classic Beverton–Holt theory in terms of size where stock parameters describing growth, natural mortality, recruitment, etc. are determined from life-history invaria...

  4. How can a potential oil pollution affect the recruitment to fish stocks?

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    Føyn, Lars; Serigstad, Bjørn

    1989-01-01

    Eggs, larvae and the larvae's first search for food are the most critical stages in a fish life, both to threats from natural causes and pollution. Based on experimental studies of several species of fish eggs, larvae and zooplankton, and their in situ abundance, calculations of potential reduction of the affected year class or stock are demonstrated. The organisms exposed to oil concentrations likely to be found in the marine environment show considerably variation from species to species. W...

  5. Current status of the fish stocks of Lake Victoria (Uganda)

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    Okaronon, J.O.; Muhoozi, L.; Bassa, S.

    1999-01-01

    A total of 457 hauls were taken during experimental bottom trawl surveys in the Uganda sector of Lake Victoria between November 1997 and June 1999 to estimate composition, distribution and abundance of the major fish species in waters 4-60 m deep. Fifteen fish groups were caught with Nile perch, Lates niloticus (L.), constituting 94% by weight. Haplochromines and L. niloticus occurred in all areas sampled, while Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (L.) and other tilapiines were restricted to ...

  6. Stock assessment of fishery target species in Lake Koka, Ethiopia.

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    Tesfaye, Gashaw; Wolff, Matthias

    2015-09-01

    Effective management is essential for small-scale fisheries to continue providing food and livelihoods for households, particularly in developing countries where other options are often limited. Studies on the population dynamics and stock assessment on fishery target species are thus imperative to sustain their fisheries and the benefits for the society. In Lake Koka (Ethiopia), very little is known about the vital population parameters and exploitation status of the fishery target species: tilapia Oreochromis niloticus, common carp Cyprinus carpio and catfish Clarias gariepinus. Our study, therefore, aimed at determining the vital population parameters and assessing the status of these target species in Lake Koka using length frequency data collected quarterly from commercial catches from 2007-2012. A total of 20,097 fish specimens (distributed as 7,933 tilapia, 6,025 catfish and 6,139 common carp) were measured for the analysis. Von Bertalarffy growth parameters and their confidence intervals were determined from modal progression analysis using ELEFAN I and applying the jackknife technique. Mortality parameters were determined from length-converted catch curves and empirical models. The exploitation status of these target species were then assessed by computing exploitation rates (E) from mortality parameters as well as from size indicators i.e., assessing the size distribution of fish catches relative to the size at maturity (Lm), the size that provides maximum cohort biomass (Lopt) and the abundance of mega-spawners. The mean value of growth parameters L?, K and the growth performance index ø' were 44.5 cm, 0.41/year and 2.90 for O. niloticus, 74.1 cm, 0.28/year and 3.19 for C. carpio and 121.9 cm, 0.16/year and 3.36 for C. gariepinus, respectively. The 95 % confidence intervals of the estimates were also computed. Total mortality (Z) estimates were 1.47, 0.83 and 0.72/year for O. niloticus, C. carpio and C. gariepinus, respectively. Our study suggest that O. niloticus is in a healthy state, while C. gariepinus show signs of growth overfishing (when both exploitation rate (E) and size indicators were considered). In case of C. carpio, the low exploitation rate encountered would point to underfishing, while the size indicators of the catches would suggest that too small fish are harvested leading to growth overfishing. We concluded that fisheries production in Lake Koka could be enhanced by increasing E toward optimum level of exploitation (Eopt) for the underexploited C. carpio and by increasing the size at first capture (Lc) toward the Lopt, range for all target species. PMID:26666131

  7. Ageing of Fish

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    Institute, Marine

    2006-01-01

    In order to assess the state of any fish stock it is vital that the age structure of that stock is known. The age profile of a stock gives an indication on how healthy the stock is. If there is a broad range of ages present, then the stock would appear to be in good shape. If there are no young fish, then recruitment (spawning) may have failed and there will be problems in the future. If there are no old fish in the stock, then there may be overfishing of the stock. Age data give a good insig...

  8. Choosing the observational likelihood in state-space stock assessment models

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    Albertsen, Christoffer Moesgaard; Nielsen, Anders

    By implementing different observational likelihoods in a state-space age-based stock assessment model, we are able to compare the goodness-of-fit and effects on estimated fishing mortallity for different model choices. Model fit is improved by estimating suitable correlations between agegroups. We show by simulations that modelling catch as numbers-at-age is more suitable than proportions if the uncertainty of age-classifications is small

  9. Forecasting fish stock dynamics under climate change: Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) as a case study

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    Bartolino, V.; Margonski, P.

    2014-01-01

    Climate change and anthropogenic disturbances may affect marine populations and ecosystems through multiple pathways. In this study we present a framework in which we integrate existing models and knowledge on basic regulatory processes to investigate the potential impact of future scenarios of fisheries exploitation and climate change on the temporal dynamics of the central Baltic herring stock. Alternative scenarios of increasing sea surface temperature and decreasing salinity of the Baltic Sea from a global climate model were combined with two alternative fishing scenarios, and their direct and ecosystem-mediated effects (i.e., through predation by cod and competition with sprat) on the herring population were evaluated for the period 2010-2050. Gradual increase in temperature has a positive impact on the long-term productivity of the herring stock, but it has the potential to enhance the recovery of the herring stock only in combination with sustainable fisheries management (i.e., Fmsy). Conversely, projections of herring spawning stock biomass (SSB) were generally low under elevated fishing mortality levels (Fhigh), comparable with those experienced by the stock during the 1990s. Under the combined effects of long-term warming and high fishing mortality uncertainty in herring SSB projections was higher and increasing for the duration of the forecasts, suggesting a synergistic effect of fishery exploitation and climate forcing on fish populations dynamics. Our study shows that simulations of long-term fish dynamics can be an informative tool to derive expectations of the potential long-term impact of alternative future scenarios of exploitation and climate change

  10. Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams; 2000 Annual Report.

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    Crossley, Brian (Spokane Tribe of Indians, Department of Natural Resources, Wellpinit, WA); Lockwood, Jr., Neil W. (Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Usk, WA); McLellan, Jason G. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Spokane, WA)

    2001-01-01

    The Resident Fish Stock Status above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams Project, commonly known as the Joint Stock Assessment Project (JSAP) is a management tool using ecosystem principles to manage artificial fish assemblages and native fish in altered environments existing in the Columbia River System above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee Dams (blocked area). The three-phase approach of this project will enhance the fisheries resources of the blocked area by identifying data gaps, filling data gaps with research, and implementing management recommendations based on research results. The Blocked Area fisheries information housed in a central location will allow managers to view the entire system while making decisions, rather than basing management decisions on isolated portions of the system. The JSAP (NWPPC program measure 10.8B.26) is designed and guided jointly by fisheries managers in the blocked area and the Columbia Basin blocked area management plan (1998). The initial year of the project (1997) identified the need for a central data storage and analysis facility, coordination with the StreamNet project, compilation of blocked area fisheries information, and a report on the ecological condition of the Spokane River System. These needs were addressed in 1998 by acquiring a central location with a data storage and analysis system, coordinating a pilot project with StreamNet, compiling fisheries distribution data throughout the blocked area, identifying data gaps based on compiled information, and researching the ecological condition of the Spokane River. In order to ensure that any additional information collected throughout the life of this project will be easily stored and manipulated by the central storage facility, it was necessary to develop standardized methodologies between the JSAP fisheries managers. The use of common collection and analytical tools is essential to the process of streamlining joint management decisions. In 1999 and 2000 the project began to address some of the identified data gaps, throughout the blocked area, with a variety of newly developed sampling projects, as well as, continuing with ongoing data collection of established projects.

  11. Resilience and Critical Stock Size in a Stochastic Recruitment Model

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    Grasman, J.; Huiskes, M.J.

    2001-01-01

    A stochastic model for fish recruitment is fitted to data after performing an age-structured stock assessment. The main aim is to investigate the relation between safe levels of spawning stock size and fish stock resilience. Resilience indicators, such as stock recovery time and the frequency that a stock is below a critical size, are computed by means of simulation using the fitted stochastic model. The stochastic element of the model describes the early life stage survival of the fish using...

  12. Duck Valley Reservoirs Fish Stocking and Operation and Maintenance, 2006-2007 Annual Progress Report.

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    Sellman, Jake; Dykstra, Tim [Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

    2009-05-11

    The Duck Valley Reservoirs Fish Stocking and Operations and Maintenance (DV Fisheries) project is an ongoing resident fish program that serves to partially mitigate the loss of anadromous fish that resulted from downstream construction of the hydropower system. The project's goals are to enhance subsistence fishing and educational opportunities for Tribal members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and provide resident fishing opportunities for non-Tribal members. In addition to stocking rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Mountain View, Lake Billy Shaw, and Sheep Creek Reservoirs, the program is also designed to maintain healthy aquatic conditions for fish growth and survival, to provide superior facilities with wilderness qualities to attract non-Tribal angler use, and to offer clear, consistent communication with the Tribal community about this project as well as outreach and education within the region and the local community. Tasks for this performance period are divided into operations and maintenance plus monitoring and evaluation. Operation and maintenance of the three reservoirs include fences, roads, dams and all reservoir structures, feeder canals, water troughs and stock ponds, educational signs, vehicles and equipment, and outhouses. Monitoring and evaluation activities included creel, gillnet, wildlife, and bird surveys, water quality and reservoir structures monitoring, native vegetation planting, photo point documentation, control of encroaching exotic vegetation, and community outreach and education. The three reservoirs are monitored in terms of water quality and fishery success. Sheep Creek Reservoir was very unproductive this year as a fishery. Fish morphometric and water quality data indicate that the turbidity is severely impacting trout survival. Lake Billy Shaw was very productive as a fishery and received good ratings from anglers. Mountain View was also productive and anglers reported a high number of quality sized fish. Water quality (specifically dissolved oxygen and temperature) is the main limiting factor in our fisheries.

  13. State of marine fish stock in the Caspian Sea (from results of the research in 2011

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    Khodorevskaya Raisa Pavlovna

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyzes the state of the main commercially valuable marine fish stock in the Caspian Sea. It was established that the present-day kilka fishery harvested the minimal amount of anchovy and big-eyed kilka. Their abundance has decreased drastically, natural spawning has declined, commercial stock becomes depleted rapidly. Annually common kilka reproduction remains at an average long-term level. The stock of marine shad is quite stable with the most abundant Dolginka shad. Population replenishment depends on the abundance of food organisms and water temperature in the northern part of the Caspian Sea. The silverside is taken as a by-catch when common kilka are harvested. Its stock is stable. It is recommended that the species harvest should be increased. Only one mullet species (golden gray mullet may be seen in catch. Its stock is quite stable while commercial catches depend on fishery management. Marine fish resources (except for anchovy and big-eyed kilka make it possible to increase their commercial exploitation.

  14. Stock assessment methods used for cephalopod fisheries

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    Pierce, Graham J.; Guerra, Ángel

    1994-01-01

    Cephalopods are of increasing importance as a fishery resource and many species are taken in directed and bycatch fisheries around the world. Owing to the short life-cycles and variable growth rates of most cephalopods, stocks may be highly volatile, both highly susceptible to recruitment overfishing and, conversely, capable of rapid recovery. Many species have protracted spawning seasons so that multiple microcohorts may be present in the population at any one time. Many as...

  15. Assessment of potential oil pollution damages on fish resources. Some examples from the area outside mid-Norway

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    Føyn, Lars; Bjørke, Herman

    1987-01-01

    Detailed mapping of fish eggs and larvae both in space and time is essential knowledge when realistic assessments of oil pollution damages to the fish resources are established. The text explain with some examples our attempts to determine how and if pollution from oil fields outside mid-Norway may affect fish stocks.

  16. Water Quality, Stocking Density and Parasites of Freshwater Fish in Four Selected Areas of Bangladesh

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    A.N.H. Banu

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Stocking density, water quality (depth, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, total ammonia, hardness as CaCO3 and total alkalinity and parasites of fishes were investigated in four selected areas (Bogra, Chandpur, Jessore and Mymensingh for a period of three years. Stocking density varied from 15.74x103 to 34.38x103 ha-1. Water quality parameters (except ammonia varied significantly from one area to another. Among the parasites, the prevalence of Trichodinids was dominant followed by Monogenians, Chilodonella spp. and Myxosporidian. Correlation on physico-chemical parameters and incidence of parasites were studied.

  17. Growing stock-based assessment of the carbon stock in the Belgian forest biomass

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    Vande Walle, Inge; Van Camp, Nancy; Perrin, Dominique; Raoul Lemeur,; Verheyen, Kris; van Wesemael, Bas; Laitat, Eric

    2005-01-01

    Belgian forests covered 693 181 ha in 2000, representing 22.7% of the total land area. As no biomass or carbon stock data are included in the Flemish and Walloon regional forest inventories, species-specific wood densities, biomass expansion factors s.s. and carbon content values were critically selected from the literature. Based on these conversion and expansion factors, and on data from the forest inventories, the total C-stock in the living biomass of productive Belgian forests was assess...

  18. Including climate into the assessment of future fish recruitment, using multiple regression models.

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    Stiansen, Jan Erik; Aglen, Asgeir; Bogstad, Bjarte; Loeng, Harald; Mehl, Sigbjørn; Nakken, Odd; Ottersen, Geir; Svendsen, Einar

    2005-01-01

    Climate variability has generally not been included in the assessment of fish stocks in the Barents Sea and Norwegian Sea. However, in recent years there has been a focus on implementing climate variability in the assessment for several stocks in both areas. A promising approach, using linear multiple regression models, has been applied for short time projections of recruitment of Northeast Arctic cod, Norwegian spring spawning herring and Barents Sea capelin. Environmental factors influence ...

  19. Limits to the reliability of size-based fishing status estimation for data-poor stocks

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    Kokkalis, Alexandros; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro; Nielsen, Anders; Andersen, Ken Haste

    2015-01-01

    . The model is a formulation of the classic Beverton–Holt theory in terms of size where stock parameters describing growth, natural mortality, recruitment, etc. are determined from life-history invariants. A simulation study was used to compare the reliability of assessments performed under different......For stocks which are considered “data-poor” no knowledge exist about growth, mortality or recruitment. The only available information is from catches. Here we examine the ability to assess the level of exploitation of a data-poor stock based only on information of the size of individuals in catches...... more than 60% of the cases, and almost always correctly assess whether a stock is subject to overfishing. Adding information about age, i.e., assuming that growth rate and asymptotic size are known, does not improve the estimation. Only knowledge of the ratio between mortality and growth led to a...

  20. An Individual-based Probabilistic Model for Fish Stock Simulation

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    Federico Buti

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available We define an individual-based probabilistic model of a sole (Solea solea behaviour. The individual model is given in terms of an Extended Probabilistic Discrete Timed Automaton (EPDTA, a new formalism that is introduced in the paper and that is shown to be interpretable as a Markov decision process. A given EPDTA model can be probabilistically model-checked by giving a suitable translation into syntax accepted by existing model-checkers. In order to simulate the dynamics of a given population of soles in different environmental scenarios, an agent-based simulation environment is defined in which each agent implements the behaviour of the given EPDTA model. By varying the probabilities and the characteristic functions embedded in the EPDTA model it is possible to represent different scenarios and to tune the model itself by comparing the results of the simulations with real data about the sole stock in the North Adriatic sea, available from the recent project SoleMon. The simulator is presented and made available for its adaptation to other species.

  1. An Individual-based Probabilistic Model for Fish Stock Simulation

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    Buti, Federico; Merelli, Emanuela; Paschini, Elio; Penna, Pierluigi; Tesei, Luca; 10.4204/EPTCS.33.3

    2010-01-01

    We define an individual-based probabilistic model of a sole (Solea solea) behaviour. The individual model is given in terms of an Extended Probabilistic Discrete Timed Automaton (EPDTA), a new formalism that is introduced in the paper and that is shown to be interpretable as a Markov decision process. A given EPDTA model can be probabilistically model-checked by giving a suitable translation into syntax accepted by existing model-checkers. In order to simulate the dynamics of a given population of soles in different environmental scenarios, an agent-based simulation environment is defined in which each agent implements the behaviour of the given EPDTA model. By varying the probabilities and the characteristic functions embedded in the EPDTA model it is possible to represent different scenarios and to tune the model itself by comparing the results of the simulations with real data about the sole stock in the North Adriatic sea, available from the recent project SoleMon. The simulator is presented and made avai...

  2. Forecasting Fish Stock Recruitment and Planning Optimal Harvesting Strategies by Using Neural Network

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    Lin Sun; Hongjun Xiao; Shouju Li; Dequan Yang

    2009-01-01

    Recruitment prediction is a key element for management decisions in many fisheries. A new approach using neural network is developed as a tool to produce a formula for forecasting fish stock recruitment. In order to deal with the local minimum problem in training neural network with back-propagation algorithm and to enhance forecasting precision, neural network’s weights are adjusted by optimization algorithm. It is demonstrated that a well trained artificial neural network reveals an extreme...

  3. Spawner-recruit relationships and fish stock carrying capacity in aquatic ecosystems

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    Mackenzie, Brian; Myers, R.A.; Bowen, K.G.

    2003-01-01

    Few marine ecologists have addressed important questions about the relative productivity and carrying capacity of different ecosystems required to support fish populations. Whereas many researchers have investigated interannual variability in recruitment within a stock, we asked whether relationships between spawner abundance and subsequent recruitment are similar among populations (n = 3 to 20) of the same species, and among species (n = 14). We found that a large and significant amount of t...

  4. Oxygen depletion in coastal seas and the effective spawning stock biomass of an exploited fish species.

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    Hinrichsen, H-H; von Dewitz, B; Dierking, J; Haslob, H; Makarchouk, A; Petereit, C; Voss, R

    2016-01-01

    Environmental conditions may have previously underappreciated effects on the reproductive processes of commercially exploited fish populations, for example eastern Baltic cod, that are living at the physiological limits of their distribution. In the Baltic Sea, salinity affects neutral egg buoyancy, which is positively correlated with egg survival, as only water layers away from the oxygen consumption-dominated sea bottom contain sufficient oxygen. Egg buoyancy is positively correlated to female spawner age/size. From observations in the Baltic Sea, a field-based relationship between egg diameter and buoyancy (floating depth) could be established. Hence, based on the age structure of the spawning stock, we quantify the number of effective spawners, which are able to reproduce under ambient hydrographic conditions. For the time period 1993-2010, our results revealed large variations in the horizontal extent of spawning habitat (1000-20 000 km(2)) and oxygen-dependent egg survival (10-80%). The novel concept of an effective spawning stock biomass takes into account offspring that survive depending on the spawning stock age/size structure, if reproductive success is related to egg buoyancy and the extent of hypoxic areas. Effective spawning stock biomass reflected the role of environmental conditions for Baltic cod recruitment better than the spawning stock biomass alone, highlighting the importance of including environmental information in ecosystem-based management approaches. PMID:26909164

  5. Brown trout ( Salmo trutta ) stocking impact assessment using microsatellite DNA markers

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    Hansen, Michael MØller; Ruzzante, D.E.

    2001-01-01

    The genetic integrity of many salmonid fish populations is threatened by stocking of domesticated conspecifics. The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of microsatellite DNA markers for detecting loss of genetic diversity in hatchery strains, for estimating their genetic relationships, and for monitoring the genetic impact of stocking activity on wild populations of salmonid fishes. Brown trout from ten hatchery strains, one supportive breeding "strain," and five wild populations were screened for variation at eight loci. In most hatchery strains, genetic variation was comparable to that of wild populations, but three strains showed loss of allelic variation. In six of the hatchery strains, significant differentiation was observed between age classes. Genetic differentiation among all populations was moderate (F-ST = 0.065, p(ST) = 0.076), and only a minor part of genetic diversity was distributed between the wild and hatchery populations. We assessed whether wild populations were introgressed by stocked hatchery trout by performing assignment tests to determine population of origin and estimating maximum potential introgression rates. The results suggested that genetic introgression by hatchery trout had occurred for only two of the five populations potentially influenced by stocking. In one of these two rivers, microsatellite data obtained from a limited number of old scale samples indicated that individuals from the original population were genetically divergent from these of the present population, suggesting that extinction of the original population had taken place. The study demonstrates that microsatellite analysis provides a useful tool for distinguishing heavily introgressed populations from those unaffected by stocking. The information can be used to assist in (1) prioritizing populations for conservation and (2) the choice of wild populations to be used as sources for the reintroduction of salmonids in areas where local, indigenous gene pools have been extirpated.

  6. Assessments to determine the effect of current and alternate ladder operations on brood stock collection and behavior of hatchery fall Chinook Salmon at Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery during 2004-05

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Production of upriver bright fall Chinook salmon at Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery was introduced as part of the John Day Dam mitigation program in the...

  7. Assessments to determine the effect of current and alternate ladder operations on brood stock collection and behavior of hatchery fall Chinook Salmon at Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery during 2003-2005

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery traditionally operates an adult ladder, without closure, from the start of the tule fall Chinook salmon run in late August until...

  8. Duck Valley Reservoirs Fish Stocking and Operation and Maintenance, 2005-2006 Annual Progress Report.

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    Sellman, Jake; Dykstra, Tim [Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

    2009-05-11

    The Duck Valley Reservoirs Fish Stocking and Operations and Maintenance (DV Fisheries) project is an ongoing resident fish program designed to enhance both subsistence fishing, educational opportunities for Tribal members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, and recreational fishing facilities for non-Tribal members. In addition to stocking rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Mountain View, Lake Billy Shaw, and Sheep Creek Reservoirs, the program also intends to afford and maintain healthy aquatic conditions for fish growth and survival, to provide superior facilities with wilderness qualities to attract non-Tribal angler use, and to offer clear, consistent communication with the Tribal community about this project as well as outreach and education within the region and the local community. Tasks for this performance period are divided into operations and maintenance plus monitoring and evaluation. Operation and maintenance of the three reservoirs include fences, roads, dams and all reservoir structures, feeder canals, water troughs and stock ponds, educational signs, vehicles and equipment, and outhouses. Monitoring and evaluation activities included creel, gillnet, wildlife, and bird surveys, water quality and reservoir structures monitoring, native vegetation planting, photo point documentation, control of encroaching exotic vegetation, and community outreach and education. The three reservoirs are monitored in terms of water quality and fishery success. Sheep Creek Reservoir was the least productive as a result of high turbidity levels and constraining water quality parameters. Lake Billy Shaw trout were in poorer condition than in previous years potentially as a result of water quality or other factors. Mountain View Reservoir trout exhibit the best health of the three reservoirs and was the only reservoir to receive constant flows of water.

  9. Duck Valley Reservoirs Fish Stocking and O&M, Annual Progress Report 2007-2008.

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    Sellman, Jake; Perugini, Carol [Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes

    2009-02-20

    The Duck Valley Reservoirs Fish Stocking and Operations and Maintenance Project (DV Fisheries) is an ongoing resident fish program that serves to partially mitigate the loss of anadromous fish that resulted from downstream construction of the federal hydropower system. The project's goals are to enhance subsistence fishing and educational opportunities for Tribal members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and provide fishing opportunities for non-Tribal members. In addition to stocking rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Mountain View (MVR), Lake Billy Shaw (LBS), and Sheep Creek Reservoirs (SCR), the program is also designed to: maintain healthy aquatic conditions for fish growth and survival, provide superior facilities with wilderness qualities to attract non-Tribal angler use, and offer clear, consistent communication with the Tribal community about this project as well as outreach and education within the region and the local community. Tasks for this performance period fall into three categories: operations and maintenance, monitoring and evaluation, and public outreach. Operation and maintenance of the three reservoirs include maintaining fences, roads, dams and all reservoir structures, feeder canals, water troughs, stock ponds, educational signs, vehicles, equipment, and restroom facilities. Monitoring and evaluation activities include creel, gillnet, wildlife, and bird surveys, water quality and reservoir structures monitoring, native vegetation planting, photo point documentation, and control of encroaching exotic vegetation. Public outreach activities include providing environmental education to school children, providing fishing reports to local newspapers and vendors, updating the website, hosting community environmental events, and fielding numerous phone calls from anglers. The reservoir monitoring program focuses on water quality and fishery success. Sheep Creek Reservoir and Lake Billy Shaw had less than productive trout growth due to water quality issues including dissolved oxygen and/or turbidity. Regardless, angler fishing experience was the highest at Lake Billy Shaw. Trout in Mountain View Reservoir were in the best condition of the three reservoirs and anglers reported very good fishing there. Water quality (specifically dissolved oxygen and temperature) remain the main limiting factors in the fisheries, particularly in late August to early September.

  10. The reliability of fishing statistics as a source for catches and fish stocks in antiquity

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    Jacobsen, A. Lif Lund

    In 1985, T.W. Gallant published an influential essay on the potential productivity of fishing in the ancient world. He concluded that: ”the role of fishing in the diet and economy would have been, on the whole, subordinate and supplementary…” His methodological approach was original in using mode...

  11. 75 FR 6058 - Federal Sport Fish Restoration; California Department of Fish and Game Fish Hatchery and Stocking...

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    2010-02-05

    ...FWS-R8-MB-2009-N286; 80213-9410-0000-7B] Federal Sport Fish Restoration; California Department...jointly prepared with CDFG. Under the Sport Fish Restoration Act (SFRA), FWS proposes...authority to grant Federal funds from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust...

  12. 75 FR 6058 - Federal Sport Fish Restoration; California Department of Fish and Game Fish Hatchery and Stocking...

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    2010-02-05

    ... the Federal Register on August 5, 2008 (73 FR 45470). The notice of availability for the draft EIR/EIS and 45-day comment period published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2009 (74 FR 51872). The... Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Sport Fish Restoration; California Department of Fish and Game...

  13. Annual Coded Wire Tag Program; Oregon Stock Assessment, 2000 Annual Report.

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    Lewis, Mark; Mallette, Christine; Murray, William

    2002-03-01

    This annual report is in fulfillment of contract obligations with Bonneville Power Administration which is the funding source for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Annual Stock Assessment - Coded Wire Tag Program (ODFW) Project. Tule stock fall chinook were caught primarily in British Columbia and Washington ocean, and Columbia Basin fisheries. Up-river bright stock fall chinook contributed primarily to Alaska and British Columbia ocean commercial, Columbia Basin gillnet and freshwater sport fisheries. Contribution of Rogue stock fall chinook released in the lower Columbia River occurred primarily in Oregon ocean commercial, Columbia Basin gillnet and freshwater sport fisheries. Willamette stock spring chinook contributed primarily to Alaska and British Columbia ocean, and Columbia Basin sport fisheries. Willamette stock spring chinook released by CEDC contributed to similar ocean fisheries, but had much higher catch in Columbia Basin gillnet fisheries than the same stocks released in the Willamette Basin. Up-river stocks of spring chinook contributed almost exclusively to Columbia Basin fisheries. The up-river stocks of Columbia River summer steelhead contributed almost exclusively to the Columbia Basin gillnet and freshwater sport fisheries. Coho ocean fisheries from Washington to California were closed or very limited from 1994 through 1999 (1991 through 1996 broods). This has resulted in a lower percent of catch in Washington, Oregon and California ocean fisheries, and a higher percent of catch in Alaska and British Columbia ocean and Columbia Basin freshwater fisheries. Coho stocks released by ODFW below Bonneville Dam were caught mainly in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia ocean, Columbia Gillnet and freshwater sport fisheries. Coho stocks released in the Klaskanine River and Youngs Bay area had similar ocean catch distributions, but a much higher percent catch in gillnet fisheries than the other coho releases. Ocean catch distribution of coho stocks released above Bonneville Dam was similar to the other coho groups. However, they had a higher percent catch in gillnet fisheries above Bonneville Dam than coho released below the dam. Survival rates of salmon and steelhead are influenced, not only by factors in the hatchery (disease, density, diet, size and time of release) but also by environmental factors in the river and ocean. These environmental factors are influenced by large scale oceanic and weather patterns such as El Nino. Changes in rearing conditions in the hatchery do impact survival, however, these can be offset by impacts caused by environmental factors. Coho salmon released in the Columbia River generally experience better survival rates when released later in the spring. However, for the 1990 brood year June releases of Columbia River coho had much lower survival than May releases, for all ODFW hatcheries. In general survival of ODFW Columbia River hatchery coho has declined to low levels in recent years. Preliminary results from the evaluation of Visual Implant Elastomer (VIE) tags showed tagging rate and pre-release tag retention improved from the first to second years of tagging. Tagging rate remained identical from 1999 to 2000 while pre-release tag retention dropped to 95%. Returning jack and adult salmon were sampled for CWT and VIE tags in the fall of 2000. Of 606 adults recovered at Sandy Fish Hatchery in 2000, only 1 or 0.2%, retained their VIE tag. Of 36 jacks recovered in 2000, 13 or 36.1% retained their VIE tag.

  14. Impact of discontinuous harvesting on fishery dynamics in a stock-effort fishing model

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    Guo, Zhenyuan; Zou, Xingfu

    2015-02-01

    We consider a stock-effort fishing model with discontinuous harvesting strategies. Under some reasonable assumptions on the discontinuous harvesting function, we are able to confirm the well-posedness of the model, describe the structure of possible equilibria as well as establish the stability/instability of the equilibria. Most interestingly, we find that the solutions of the fishing model can arrive at a sliding mode in finite time. A qualitative analysis shows that the goal of maintaining the system at a sustainable equilibrium and optimizing the harvesting can be achieved by introducing the discontinuous harvesting strategies. From the viewpoint of optimal harvesting, we can obtain that discontinuous harvesting strategies are superior to continuous harvesting strategies, which are usually adopted in previous literature. The main difficulty resides in the discontinuity of the model, and is conquered by exploiting the theory of differential equations with discontinuous righthand sides and variable structure system theory.

  15. Annual Coded Wire Tag Program; Oregon Stock Assessment, 2001 Annual Report.

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    Lewis, Mark; Mallette, Christine; Murray, William

    2002-03-01

    This annual report is in fulfillment of contract obligations with Bonneville Power Administration which is the funding source for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife project 'Annual Stock Assessment - Coded Wire Tag Program (ODFW)'. Results for the 2001 contract period: Objective 1--Over 1 million juvenile salmon were coded-wire by this program (Table 1); Objective 2--ODFW recovered and processed over 40,000 snout collected from coded-wire tagged fish (Table 2); Objective 3--Survival data is summarized below; Objective 4--The last group of VIE tagged coho was released in 2001 and returning coho were samples at Sandy Hatchery. This sampling showed only 1 of 1,160 returning coho VIE marked as juveniles retained the VIE mark as adults.

  16. Stocking of Offsite Waters for Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation; Creston National Fish Hatchery, 2001-2002 Annual Report.

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    Maskill, Mark (US Fish and Wildlife Service, Creston National Fish Hatchery, Kalispell, MT)

    2003-03-01

    Mitigation Objective 1: Produce Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout at Creston NFH--Task: Acquire eggs and rear up to 100,000 Westslope Cutthroat trout annually for offsite mitigation stocking. Accomplishments: A total of 150,000 westslope cutthroat eggs (M012 strain) were acquired from the State of Montana Washoe Park State Fish Hatchery in July 2001 for this objective. Another 120,000 westslope cutthroat eggs were taken from feral fish at Rogers Lake in May of 2001 by the Creston Hatchery crew. The fish were reared using approved fish culture techniques as defined in the U.S. Department of the Interior Fish Hatchery Management guidelines. Post release survival and angler success is monitored annually by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT). Stocking numbers and locations may vary yearly based on results of biological monitoring. Mitigation Objective 2: Produce Rainbow Trout at Creston NFH--Task: Acquire and rear up to 100,000 Rainbow trout annually for offsite mitigation in closed basin waters. Accomplishments: A total of 50,500 rainbow trout eggs (Arlee strain) were acquired from the State of Montana Arlee State Fish Hatchery in December 2001 for this objective. The fish were reared using approved fish culture techniques as defined in the U.S. Department of the Interior Fish Hatchery Management guidelines. Arlee rainbow trout are being used for this objective because the stocking locations are terminal basin reservoirs and habitat conditions and returns to creel are unsuitable for native cutthroat. Post release survival and angler success is monitored annually by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT). Stocking numbers and locations may vary yearly based on results of biological monitoring.

  17. Spawner-recruit relationships and fish stock carrying capacity in aquatic ecosystems

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    MacKenzie, Brian; Myers, R.A.; Bowen, K.G.

    2003-01-01

    Few marine ecologists have addressed important questions about the relative productivity and carrying capacity of different ecosystems required to support fish populations. Whereas many researchers have investigated interannual variability in recruitment within a stock, we asked whether relations......Few marine ecologists have addressed important questions about the relative productivity and carrying capacity of different ecosystems required to support fish populations. Whereas many researchers have investigated interannual variability in recruitment within a stock, we asked whether...... relationships between spawner abundance and subsequent recruitment are similar among populations (n = 3 to 20) of the same species, and among species (n = 14). We found that a large and significant amount of the variation (R 2 = 75 to 95 %) in mean- log recruitment is explained by mean-log spawner biomass when...... the spawner-recruit relationship is examined among populations of the same species. The slopes of these relationships are close to 1 (i.e. proportional). However, mean recruitment per spawner varies greatly among species (range 3 to 10). Some ecosystems allowed cod Gadus morhua, haddock Melanogrammus...

  18. Fish stock assessment of piraputanga Brycon microlepis in the Cuiabá River basin, Pantanal of Mato Grosso, Brazil Avaliação do estoque pesqueiro da piraputanga Brycon microlepis na bacia do rio Cuiabá, Pantanal Mato-grossense

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    L.A.F. Mateus; ESTUPIÑÁN G. M.B.

    2002-01-01

    Fork length measurements of individuals of Brycon microlepis landed and commercialized at the Porto Market in Cuiabá, MT, from May-October 1996 to May-October 1997 were used to estimate growth and mortality parameters for this species. The average estimated populational parameters were: L¥ = 705 mm, k = 0.275 year--1, C = 0.775, WP = 0.465, Lc = 164 mm, M = 0.585 year--1, Z = 0.822 year--1, with F = 0.237 year--1. Yield per recruit analysis suggests that the stock is not yet overexploited.Med...

  19. Stocking of Offsite Waters for Hungry Horse Dam Mitigation; Creston National Fish Hatchery, 2002-2003 Annual Report.

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service Staff, (US Fish and Wildlife Service, Creston National Fish Hatchery, Kalispell, MT)

    2004-02-01

    Mitigation Objective 1: Produce Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout at Creston NFH--Task: Acquire eggs and rear up to 100,000 Westslope Cutthroat trout annually for offsite mitigation stocking. Accomplishments: A total of 141,000 westslope cutthroat eggs (M012 strain) was acquired from the State of Montana Washoe Park State Fish Hatchery in May 2002 for this objective. We also received an additional 22,000 westslope cutthroat eggs, MO12 strain naturalized, from feral fish at Rogers Lake, Flathead County, Montana. The fish were reared using approved fish culture techniques as defined in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish Hatchery Management guidelines. Survival from the swim up fry stage to stocking was 95.6%. We achieved a 0.80 feed conversion this year on a new diet, Skretting ''Nutra Plus''. Post release survival and angler success is monitored annually by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT). Stocking numbers and locations vary yearly based on results of biological monitoring and adaptive management. Mitigation Objective 2: Produce Rainbow Trout at Creston NFH--Task: Acquire and rear up to 100,000 Rainbow trout annually for offsite mitigation in closed basin waters. Accomplishments: A total of 54,000 rainbow trout eggs (Arlee strain) was acquired from the Ennis National Fish Hatchery in December 2002 for this objective. The fish were reared using approved fish culture techniques as defined in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish Hatchery Management guidelines. Survival from the swim up fry stage to stocking was 99.9%. We achieved a 0.79 feed conversion this year on a new diet, Skretting ''Nutra Plus''. Arlee rainbow trout are being used for this objective because the stocking locations are terminal basin reservoirs and habitat conditions and returns to the creel are unsuitable for native cutthroat. Post release survival and angler success is monitored annually by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT). Stocking numbers and locations vary yearly based on results of biological monitoring and adaptive management.

  20. Zooplankton standing stock assessment and fishery resources in the indian seas

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    Goswami, S.C.; Sarupria, J.S.; Bhargava, R.M.S.

    and eastwards in the Arabian Sea. This trend was reversed in the Bay of Bengal. Based on standing stock, the sustainable fish yield for the studied area worked out to be 8.62 million tonnes per year...

  1. Comparison of methods for stock assessment of European hake Merluccius merluccius in the Gulf of Lions (Northwestern mediterranean)

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    Aldebert, Yvonne; Recasens, Laura

    1996-01-01

    European hake Merluccius merluccius is the main commercial demersal species in the Gulf of Lions (Northwestern Mediterranean). This fish is exploited by French and Spanish trawler fleets and by small-scale fisheries using gillnets and longlines. Data on landings and the demography of catches by type of gear are now available for the period 1988-1991. The assessment of the hake stock was carried out using methods of virtual population analysis (VPA), or cohort analysis, based respectively on m...

  2. Caracterización genética de lotes de peces usados en programas de repoblamiento y su importancia en la conservación genética en la piscicultura / Genetic characterization of fish stocks used in stocking programas and their importance in the fish farm genetic conservation

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    Nelson M, Lopera Barrero; Ricardo, Pereira Ribeiro; Jayme A, Povh; Patrícia C, Gomes; Lauro, Vargas; Sheila, Nogueira de Oliveira.

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available En las últimas décadas se ha verificado la desaparición de varias especies de peces debido principalmente a impactos generados por acciones humanas. Programas de repoblamiento vienen siendo cada vez más usados como métodos de conservación de la ictiofauna. Sin embargo, sin una correcta orientación g [...] enética y reproductiva de los lotes utilizados en estos programas, poblaciones naturales de peces y el ecosistema pueden ser afectados. El objetivo del siguiente estudio fue determinar la variabilidad genética de seis lotes de peces usados en programas de repoblamiento, mediante el marcador molecular RAPD. Se analizaron 180 alevines de tres especies de peces (Leporinus elongatus, Piaractus mesopotamicus y Prochilodus lineatus) en tres estaciones piscícolas, ubicadas en las ciudades de Rolândia, Andirá y Palotina en el estado de Paraná, Brasil. Los valores de variabilidad genética estimados por el porcentaje de fragmentos polimórficos y por el índice de diversidad de Shannon mostraron una alta variabilidad genética entre los lotes de L. elongatus y P. lineatus, debido posiblemente al efecto fundador y al manejo reproductivo adoptado en cada piscícola. Se determinó que existió baja diferenciación genética entre los lotes de P. mesopotamicus. Los resultados de este estudio posibilitaran el correcto manejo reproductivo y genético de los lotes de cada piscícola y la orientación objetiva de programas de repoblamiento, permitiendo la conservación de la variabilidad genética, factor de gran importancia en ambientes en cautiverio. Abstract in english In the last decades it has been verified the decrease and extinction of fish several species mainly to impacts generated by human actions. Stocking programs are being used as conservation methods of the ichthyofauna. However, without a correct genetic and reproductive orientation of the stocks used [...] in these programs, natural fish populations and the ecosystem can be affected. The objective of the following study was to determine the genetic variability of six fish stocks used in stocking programs, by means of the RAPD molecular marker. There were analyzed 180 juveniles of three fish species (Prochilodus lineatus, Piaractus mesopotamicus, and Leporinus elongatus) from three fish farms, located in the Rolândia, Andirá, and Palotina cities in Paraná state, Brazil. The genetic variability values estimated by the percentage of polymorphic fragments and by the Shannon diversity index showed a high genetic variability between the P. lineatus and L. elongatus stocks, due possibly to the founder effect and the reproductive management adopted in each fish farm. It was determined that low genetic differentiation existed among the P. mesopotamicus stocks. The results of this study facilitated the correct reproductive and genetic management of the stocks of each fish farm and the objective orientation of stocking programs, allowing the conservation of the genetic variability, factor of great importance in captivity environments.

  3. Stereology as a tool to assess reproduction strategy and fecundity of teleost fishes

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    Bucholtz, Rikke Hagstrøm

    In fish stock assessment, spawning stock biomass (SSB) is used as an index of stock reproductive potential (SRP), and proportionality is assumed between SSB and recruitment, i.e. offspring production. SSB is calculated as the sum of biomass proportions of sexually mature individuals per age group....... However, evidence that SSB is not a reliable SRP indicator has accumulated over the past decades. The SSB estimation does not consider individual differences in fecundity, skipped spawning, timing of spawning or differences in reproductive traits between sexes, which may all fluctuate significantly...... thereby lowered fecundity, skipped spawning and timing of spawning, has not been investigated and is not considered in assessment of the stock. The objective of the study was two-fold. Firstly, improve methods for quantification of oocyte recruitment dynamics by adapting and applying modern stereological...

  4. Challenges in assessing fish welfare.

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    Volpato, Gilson L

    2009-01-01

    Descriptions of feeling states in nonhuman animals have relied on indirect evidence from empirical data. Assumptions that fish do not experience suffering lack evidence and in fact contradict a large body of indirect scientific evidence and ethical concern. Why should the burden of proof rest on those defending the hypothesis that fish feel pain and other discomfort? In this article I address this controversy and describe typical methodsand the problems associated with themto identify animal welfare (feeling-based, physiological, and behavioral approaches intended to demonstrate feelings and welfare states). Then I urge a shift in scientific focus from efforts to either identify an internal state of well-being or determine whether an organism suffers, to efforts to identify conditions that promote a "good state" for an animal (i.e., a state it would choose). For this approach, I discuss preference tests and their implications for scientific research, teaching, aquarism, and fishing. PMID:19949249

  5. Implications of fisheries during the spawning season for the sustainable management and recovery of depleted fish stocks: a conceptual framework

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    Rijnsdorp, A. D.

    2009-01-01

    Fishing during the spawning season may negatively affects the reproductive potential and reproductive dynamics of exploited fish stocks due to a variety of mechanisms such as the disturbance of the natural spawning behaviour, effects on the age, size and sex composition of the spawning population and effects on the population genetics. The effect may differ between species in relation to the spawning strategy and population dynamic characteristics. Based on first principles of reproductive bi...

  6. Impact Assessment of the Role of Nigerian Stock Exchange on the Economic Development of Nigeria

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    Okoh, Lucky; Ekane, O. R.

    2011-01-01

    The stock exchange is a specialized market for the buying and selling of securities. These securities include stocks and shares which represent ownership interests in business, debentures and government bonds. The study assessed the impact that the Nigerian stock exchange has created on the development of the Nigerian economy. To achieve the objectives, this study reviewed stock exchange, its functions, activities, roles, and legislation. The advantages and disadvantages of listing on the sto...

  7. Size-based estimation of the status of fish stocks: simulation analysis and comparison with age-based estimations

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    Kokkalis, Alexandros; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro; Nielsen, Anders; Andersen, Ken Haste

    Estimation of the status of fish stocks is important for sustainable management. Data limitations and data quality hinder this task. The commonly used age-based approaches require information about individual age, which is costly and relatively inaccurate. In contrast, the size of organisms is li...

  8. Rebuilding EU fish stocks could generate substantial financial resources for the European economy

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    Villasante, Sebastian; SUMAILA Rashid

    2013-01-01

    On 6 February, the European Parliament voted in favour of proposals to reform the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. Sebastian Villasante and Rashid Sumaila assess the problem posed by overfishing in Europe’s waters and outline some of the key areas which need to be addressed if the Common Fisheries Policy is to achieve its aim of ensuring sustainable fishing.

  9. Evolutionary impact assessment: Accounting for the evolutionary consequences of fishing in an ecosystem approach to fisheries management

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    Laugen, Ane T.; Engelhard, Georg H.; Whitlock, Rebecca; Arlinghaus, Robert; Dankel, Dorothy; Dunlop, Erin S.; Eikeset, Anne Maria; Enberg, Katja; Jørgensen, Christian; Matsumura, Shuichi; Nusslé, Sébastien; Urbach, Davnah; Baulier, Loïc; Boukal, David S.; Ernande, Bruno; Johnston, Fiona; Mollet, Fabien; Pardoe, Heidi; Therkildsen, Nina Overgaard; Uusi-Heikkila, Silva; Vainikka, Anssi; Heino, Mikko; Rijnsdorp, Adriaan D.; Dieckmann, Ulf

    2014-01-01

    describe the evolutionary impact assessment (EvoIA) as a structured approach for assessing the evolutionary consequences of fishing and evaluating the predicted evolutionary outcomes of alternative management options. EvoIA can contribute to EAF by clarifying how evolution may alter stock properties and...

  10. 78 FR 19446 - Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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    ...inform the false killer whale SAR, there is updated...reduction plan for false killer whales and has indicated that...there will be continued depredation of stocks by fisheries...stock, from other false killer whale populations. The...

  11. Pike ( Esox lucius L.) stocking as a biomanipulation tool .1. Effects on the fish population in Lake Lyng, Denmark

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    Berg, SØren; Jeppesen, E.

    1997-01-01

    From 1990-1993 juvenile pike (Esox lucius) were stocked each spring in the eutrophic Lake Lyng (9.9 ha, max. depth 7.6 m, mean depth 2.4 m) in densities between 515 and 3616 pike ha(- 1). In 1989-90 the fish population consisted mainly of roach (Rutilus rutilus), rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus), perch (Perca fluviatilis) and ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus), and total fish biomass was estimated at 477 kg ha(-1). Prior to stocking pike was not present in the lake. Following the first year of stocking, the density of roach, rudd and ruffe fry expressed as catch per unit effort decreased significantly by 64 to 97%. In 1991 ruffe disappeared completely. The pike stocking did not affect the density of perch significantly. The growth of pike was high and also the growth of perch increased significantly from 1990 to 1991 (p 0.4). Pike survival was low in late August/early September. We suggest that growth of the piscivorous perch increased due to increased Secchi depth and a continuous high density of 0+ planktivores in the pelagic zone of the lake during the years of pike stocking, possibly caused by behaviourial changes and the forcing of the 0+ planktivores into the pelagic zone

  12. Life history inhomogeneity in Baltic Sea whitefish populations revealed by otolith strontium signatures – identification of stocked fish

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    Henry Hägerstrand

    2015-11-01

    The strontium concentrations in the otolith cores of whitefish from River Tornionjoki were higher than that of the four otoliths with low core strontium from fishes caught at sea (Table 1. Supposing that this latter group represent stocked fish raised in freshwater ponds, the vast majority of River Tornionjoki whitefish is naturally reproduced fish. This is plausible because in River Tornionjoki, the major whitefish spawning river in Finland, no larger stocking have been made since 1990s (Jokikokko and Huhmarniemi 2014. In conclusion, the concentration of otolith core strontium differs in whitefish hatched in fresh-water and in whitefish hatched in river water or in brackish Baltic Sea water. This difference can be used to reveal stocked whitefish. Barium concentration may be an even better indicator in this respect than strontium, as previous results indicate (Hägerstrand et al., 2015. Stocked river spawning whitefish appear in large amount at the southern feeding grounds around the Åland Islands, as already indicated by e.g. Leskelä et al. (2009.

  13. Annual Coded Wire Tag Program; Oregon Stock Assessment, Annual Report 2002.

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    Lewis, Mark; Mallette, Christine; Murray, William

    2003-03-01

    This annual report is in fulfillment of contract obligations with Bonneville Power Administration which is the funding source for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife project 'Annual Stock Assessment - Coded Wire Tag Program (ODFW)'. Results for the 2002 contract period: Objective 1 - Over 1 million juvenile salmon were coded-wire by this program (Table 1). This accounted for about 20% of the fish ODFW coded-wire tagged in 2002 for release in the Columbia Basin; Objective 2 - ODFW recovered and processed over 50,000 snouts collected from coded-wire tagged fish (Table 2); Objective 3 - The survival data summarized below includes results for coded-wire groups funded by this program as well as coded-wire groups funded from other sources; Objective 4 - The last returns of experimental groups of coho marked with VIE tags occurred in 2002 at Sandy Hatchery. This sampling showed that 26 of 67 jack coho and 1 of 2,223 adult coho VIE marked as juveniles retained the VIE mark as adults.

  14. Density dependence and density independence during the early life stages of four marine fish stocks.

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    Dingsør, Gjert E; Ciannelli, Lorenzo; Chan, Kung-Sik; Ottersen, Geir; Stenseth, Nils Chr

    2007-03-01

    Recruitment variability caused by density-dependent and density-independent processes is an important area within the study of fish dynamics. These processes can exhibit nonlinearities and nonadditive properties that may have profound dynamic effects. We investigate the importance of population density (i.e., density dependence) and environmental forcing (i.e., density independence) on the age-0 and age-1 abundance of capelin (Mallotus villosus), northeast Arctic cod (Gadus morhua), northeast Arctic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus), and Norwegian spring spawning herring (Clupea harengus) in the Barents Sea. We use statistical methods that explicitly account for nonlinearities and nonadditive interactions between internal and external variables in the abundance of these two pre-recruitment stages. Our results indicate that, during their first five months of life, cod, haddock, and herring experience higher density-dependent survival than capelin. The abundance of age-0 cod depends on the mean age and biomass of the spawning stock, a result which has implications for the management of the entire cod stock. Temperature is another important factor influencing the abundance at age-0 and age-1 of all four species, except herring at age-1. Between age-0 and age-1, there is an attenuation of density-dependent survival for cod and herring, while haddock and capelin experience density dependence at high and low temperatures, respectively. Predation by subadult cod is important for both capelin and cod at age-1. We found strong indications for interactions among the studied species, pointing to the importance of viewing the problem of species recruitment variability as a community, rather than as a population phenomenon. PMID:17503591

  15. Microsatellite assessment of walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus stocks in Canada

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    Aaron BA Shafer

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Walruses in Canada are currently subdivided into seven stocks based on summering areas; Western Jones Sound (WJS, Baffin Bay (BB, Penny Strait-Lancaster Sound (PS-LS, North Foxe Basin (N-FB, Central Foxe Basin (C-FB, Hudson Bay Davis Strait (HB-DS and Southern and Eastern Hudson Bay (SE-HB. In this study, walrus were sampled from six of the seven stocks (SE-HB samples were not available and genotyped at 10 microsatellite loci. All stocks were genetically diverse (average heterozygosity of 0.58 with no evidence of inbreeding (average FIS of 0.03. We detected significant genetic differentiation among the stocks and a pattern of genetic spatial autocorrelation that suggests a moderate effect of geographic distance on gene flow among stocks. Bayesian clustering suggested the six recognized stocks were elements of two larger genetic clusters - a northern Arctic population (containing BB, WJS, and PS-LS stocks and a central Arctic population (containing C-FB, N-FB, and HB-DS stocks. These populations are moderately differentiated (FST = 0.07, but based on evidence of contemporary movement from assignment tests, are not completely isolated. There was support for maintaining the WJS stock and a combined BB+PS-LS stock, although the latter conclusion is based on a small sample size. Similarly, there was some evidence suggesting separation of the Foxe Basin stocks from the HB-DS but not the N-FB from the C-FB stock. However, given that there are morphological and chemical differences between N-FB and C-FB stocks, there is currently insufficient evidence to support a revision of the current stock designations.

  16. Stock assessments of the Black Sea anchovy during the period 1979-1993

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    K.B. PRODANOV

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The stock assessments of the Black Sea anchovy during the period 1979-1993 were made by Age- and Length-structured VPA. According to the obtained results, the initial anchovy exploited biomass varied from 1421.3 (1979 to 243.3 thousand tons (1990. In 1979 the mean exploited biomass was 1036.5 thousand tons. Both assessments are very close because the mean biomass at F=0.5 has to be 73.71% from the initial one.The comparatively low level of fishing activity from 1968-1977 (mean value of F was 0.2407 and the increase in Black Sea productivity predetermined the increase in anchovy biomass during the period 1979-1983. This rise in productivity of the Black Sea implies higher values of the anchovy exploited biomass, but this did not occur due to the increased fishing mortality upon the anchovy, which kept its abundance and biomass at considerably lower levels. The mean value of F was 0.7348 during the period 1983-1986 and reached 1.2487 in 1987-1988.The mean anchovy biomass in 1991 and 1992 was 179.1 and 314.0 thousand tons. In the same years the initial anchovy biomass was 430.5 and 592.1 thousand tons. The mean value of the fishing mortality coefficient in 1991 and 1992 was 0.3889 and 0.6353, respectively. Consequently, the decrease of fishing mortality during the specified years was o

  17. AFSC/REFM: Isolation by distance (IBD) Alaskan fish stock structure modeling

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — There is no established management protocol for stocks subject to isolation-by-distance (IBD) stock structure. This study examines several management strategies for...

  18. A reliable method for ageing of whiting (Merlangius merlangus) for use in stock assessment and management

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    Ross, Stine Dalmann; Hüssy, Karin

    2013-01-01

    Accurate age estimation is important for stock assessment and management. The importance of reliable ageing is emphasized by the impending analytical assessment of whiting (Merlangius merlangus) in the Baltic Sea. Whiting is a top predator in the western Baltic Sea, where it is fished commercially although less extensively compared to the North Sea. Although the species is considered one of the most difficult gadoids to age, few efforts have been made to shed light on the ageing problems. The aim of the present study was to identify and validate the 1st winter ring and to examine the visibility of the subsequent winter rings. Microstructure analysis was used to confirm the 1st winter ring. Additionally, otolith growth trajectories were obtained, confirming the allometric growth as seen in many fish species. The method for ageing of whole otoliths presented in this study can be directly implemented in future ageing of whiting otoliths from the Baltic Sea – and potentially also adjacent areas where the conspecifics have similar growth rates

  19. Assessing ecosystem carbon stocks of Indonesia's threatened wetland forests

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    Warren, M.; Kauffman, B.; Murdiyarso, D.; Kurnianto, S.

    2011-12-01

    Over millennia, atmospheric carbon dioxide has been sequestered and stored in Indonesia's tropical wetland forests. Waterlogged conditions impede decomposition, allowing the formation of deep organic soils. These globally significant C pools are highly vulnerable to deforestation, degradation and climate change which can potentially switch their function as C sinks to long term sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Also at risk are critical ecosystem services which sustain millions of people and the conservation of unique biological communities. The multiple benefits derived from wetland forest conservation makes them attractive for international C offset programs such as the proposed Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) mechanism. Yet, ecosystem C pools and fluxes in wetland forests remain poorly quantified. Significant knowledge gaps exist regarding how land use changes impact C dynamics in tropical wetlands, and very few studies have simultaneously assessed above- and belowground ecosystem C pools in Indonesia's freshwater peat swamps and mangroves. In addition, most of what is known about Indonesia's tropical wetland forests is derived from few geographic locations where long-standing research has focused, despite their broad spatial distribution. Here we present results from an extensive survey of ecosystem C stocks across several Indonesian wetland forests. Ecosystem C stocks were measured in freshwater peat swamp forests in West Papua, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and Sumatra. Carbon storage was also measured for mangrove forests in W. Papua, W. Kalimantan, and Sumatra. One overarching goal of this research is to support the development of REDD+ for tropical wetlands by informing technical issues related to carbon measuring, monitoring, and verification (MRV) and providing baseline data about the variation of ecosystem C storage across and within several Indonesian wetland forests.

  20. Fish stock surveys from 41 sites on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii from September 11, 1952 to December 28, 2000 (NODC Accession 0002754)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Data are from underwater visual surveys of fish stocks from 41 survey sites on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii, conducted by biologists and technicians of Hawaii's...

  1. AVALIAÇÃO DA AQUISIÇÃO, ESTOCAGEM E VENDA DE PEIXES EM UM ESTABELECIMENTO DE PESCA ESPORTIVA EVALUATION OF ACQUISITION, STOCKING AND SALE OF FISH IN A SPORTIVE FISHING ENTERPRISE

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    Eduardo Gomes Sanches

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Analisou-se a dinâmica de movimentação de peixes (aquisição, estocagem e venda em um empreendimento de pesca esportiva do tipo “pesque e solte”. No período compreendido entre outubro de 1999 e dezembro de 2003 foram realizadas visitas mensais a um empreendimento situado na Via Castelo Branco, no Estado de São Paulo, efetuando-se o levantamento dos dados a partir das “comandas de venda” e das notas fiscais de compra de peixes. Obtiveram-se, para cada espécie citada, as quantidades (em quilos adquiridas pelo pesqueiro (entrada de peixes e pelos clientes-pescadores (saída de peixes, cujo número também se registrou. Tais dados permitiram determinar a aquisição média de peixes por pescador por mês, conhecer as épocas de maior frequência de público, as espécies preferidas para aquisição, a biomassa estocada no viveiro etc. O acompanhamento mostrou que a dinâmica de movimentação de peixes praticada leva à imobilização de capital, põe em risco a segurança sanitária do plantel e torna a propriedade uma exportadora de poluição via água de despejo. Os parâmetros para a seleção das espécies, as técnicas de manejo, bem como os estímulos oferecidos à aquisição dos exemplares pescados são insuficientes, conspirando para a perda de rentabilidade do empreendimento. O povoamento com novos exemplares deve obedecer ao ritmo de saída (pesca/venda dos peixes, evitando-se ultrapassar a capacidade de suporte do viveiro. Portanto, não se deve ter na disponibilidade de exemplares por m3 o único fator para aumentar a captura por unidade de esforço de pesca, pois isso pode levar a um aumento descontrolado da população total do viveiro.
     
    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Aquisição, estocagem, venda, pesca esportiva, pesque-pague. The dynamics of the movement of fish was analyzed (acquisition, stock and sale in a enterprise of sporting fishing or “fee fishing”. In the period understood between October of 1999 and December of 2003 monthly visits they were accomplished to an enterprise placed in the Road White Castle, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, being made the rising of the data starting from you command them “of sale” and of the invoices of purchase of fish. They were obtained, for each one of the mentioned species, the amounts (in kilos acquired by the fishing (entrance of fish and for the customer-fishermen (exit of fish, whose number also enrolled. Such data allowed to determine the medium acquisition of fish for fishermen a month, to know the times of larger public frequency, the species preferred for acquisition, the biomass stocking in the pond, etc. The accompaniment showed that the practiced dynamics takes to the immobility capital, it puts in risk the sanitary safety of the fish population, and it turns the property a pollution exporter through pouring out water. The parameters for the selection the species, the handling techniques, as well as the incentives offered to the acquisition of the exemplary fish are insufficient, conspiring for the loss of profitability of the enterprise. The introduction with new fishes should obey the exit rhythm (fishing/sale of the fish, being avoided to extrapolate the capacity supports of the pond. Therefore, one should not have the readiness of fishes for m3 as only incentive factor to the fishing, because that can take to an uncontrolled increase of the total population of the pond.

    KEY WORDS: Fish and pay, acquisition, stock, sale, sportive fishing.

  2. AFSC/REFM: North Pacific Groundfish Stock Assessment Chapters, 1998-present

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Members of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center's (AFSC) Stock Assessment and Multispecies Assessments Program are responsible for determining the condition of...

  3. Juvenile Fish Data (Stock Assessment and Improvement Program)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This project currently supports two main efforts: 1. A bi-weekly sampling regime of the hydrology and plankton along a transect over the Continental Shelf starting...

  4. 76 FR 34054 - Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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    2011-06-10

    ... subsistence harvests of some stocks in the past but does not include them presently (e.g., beluga whales... public review and comment (75 FR 46912, August 4, 2010). The MMPA also specifies that the comment period... stocks of harbor seals. Response: As noted in previous responses to comments (see 72 FR 12774, March...

  5. 77 FR 47043 - Draft 2012 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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    2012-08-07

    ... porpoise, sperm whale, humpback whale (western North Pacific and central North Pacific stocks), fin whale, minke whale, North Pacific right whale, and bowhead whale. Most revisions included updates of abundance...), Northern fur seal, harbor seals (12 stocks), Cook Inlet beluga whale, AT1 transient killer whale,...

  6. 78 FR 66681 - Draft 2013 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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    2013-11-06

    ... seals and ringed seals as ``threatened'' under the Endangered Species Act (77 FR 76740). Because of the... and the following stocks were revised for 2013: Steller sea lion (western and eastern U.S. stocks... Canal, Southern Puget Sound, and Washington Inland Waters), based on recent genetic and...

  7. Length-based assessment of coral reef fish populations in the main and northwestern Hawaiian islands.

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    Nadon, Marc O; Ault, Jerald S; Williams, Ivor D; Smith, Steven G; DiNardo, Gerard T

    2015-01-01

    The coral reef fish community of Hawaii is composed of hundreds of species, supports a multimillion dollar fishing and tourism industry, and is of great cultural importance to the local population. However, a major stock assessment of Hawaiian coral reef fish populations has not yet been conducted. Here we used the robust indicator variable "average length in the exploited phase of the population ([Formula: see text])", estimated from size composition data from commercial fisheries trip reports and fishery-independent diver surveys, to evaluate exploitation rates for 19 Hawaiian reef fishes. By and large, the average lengths obtained from diver surveys agreed well with those from commercial data. We used the estimated exploitation rates coupled with life history parameters synthesized from the literature to parameterize a numerical population model and generate stock sustainability metrics such as spawning potential ratios (SPR). We found good agreement between predicted average lengths in an unfished population (from our population model) and those observed from diver surveys in the largely unexploited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Of 19 exploited reef fish species assessed in the main Hawaiian Islands, 9 had SPRs close to or below the 30% overfishing threshold. In general, longer-lived species such as surgeonfishes, the redlip parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus), and the gray snapper (Aprion virescens) had the lowest SPRs, while short-lived species such as goatfishes and jacks, as well as two invasive species (Lutjanus kasmira and Cephalopholis argus), had SPRs above the 30% threshold. PMID:26267473

  8. Temporal Assessment of Growing Stock, Biomass and Carbon Stock of Indian Forests

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    Manhas, R.K.; Negi, J.D.S.; Chauhan, P.S. [Forest Ecology and Environment Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, 248 006, Uttaranchal (India); Kumar, R. [Forest Survey of India, Dehradun, 248 001, Uttaranchal (India)

    2006-01-15

    The dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems depends on interactions between carbon, nutrient and hydrological cycles. Terrestrial ecosystems retain carbon in live biomass (aboveground and belowground), decomposing organic matter, and soil. Carbon is exchanged naturally between these systems and the atmosphere through photosynthesis, respiration, decomposition, and combustion. Human activities change carbon stock in these pools and exchanges between them and the atmosphere through land-use, land-use change, and forestry. In the present study we estimated the wood (stem) biomass, growing stock (GS) and carbon stock of Indian forests for 1984 and 1994. The forest area, wood biomass, GS, and carbon stock were 63.86 Mha, 4327.99 Mm{sup 3}, 2398.19 Mt and 1085.06 Mt respectively in 1984 and with the reduction in forest area, 63.34 Mha, in 1994, wood biomass (2395.12 Mt) and carbon stock (1083.69 Mt) also reduced subsequently. The Conifers, of temperate region, stocked maximum carbon in their woods, 28.88 to 65.21 t C/ha, followed by Mangrove forests, 28.24 t C/ha, Dipterocarp forests, 28.00 t C/ha, and Shorea robusta forests, 24.07 t C/ha. Boswellia serrata, with 0.22 Mha forest area, stocked only 3.91 t C/ha. To have an idea of rate of carbon loss the negative changes (loss of forest area) in forest area occurred during 1984-1994 (10yrs) and 1991-1994 (4yrs) were also estimated. In India, land-use changes and fuelwood requirements are the main cause of negative change. Total 24.75 Mt C was lost during 1984-1994 and 21.35 Mt C during 1991-94 at a rate of 2.48 Mt C/yr and 5.35 Mt C/yr respectively. While in other parts of India negative change is due to multiple reasons like fuelwood, extraction of non-wood forest products (NWFPs), illicit felling etc., but in the northeastern region of the country shifting cultivation is the only reason for deforestation. Decrease in forest area due to shifting cultivation accounts for 23.0% of the total deforestation in India, with an annual loss of 0.93 Mt C/yr.

  9. Development and sensitivity analysis of impact assessment equations based on stock-recruitment theory

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    A central and unresolved problem in assessing the impact of power plant operations on Hudson River fish populations was the prediction of long-term population changes resulting from impingement and entrainment mortality. A series of equations was developed from the Ricker and Beverton-Holt stock-recruitment models to address this issue. It was assumed that compensation occurs during a brief period early in the life cycle rather than throughout the life cycle. Equations were developed for the added power plant-induced mortality occurring before or after compensation in each model. Mortality added after compensation resulted in larger estimates of population reduction than mortality added before compensation. The simple deterministic and more complex age-structured models provided identical predictions of long-term changes in population size in most cases. Similarly, the simple models predicted population changes that were nearly identical to the average age-structured model with variable survival except when levels of variation were quite high and the population modeled was semelparous. Advantages of the equations developed herein are their simplicity, generality, and minimal data requirements. The predictions of long-term population changes resulting from impingement and entrainment mortality were not attained. The magnitude and form of the compensatory responses of Hudson River fish populations remained undetermined, so that an agreement on this critical component of prediction models could not be reached. 33 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Fish Stock Endogeneity in a Harvest Function: ‘El Niño’ Effects on the Chilean Jack Mackerel Fishery

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    Sebastián Vergara

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available There are several examples of pelagic fisheries that have experienced fishing collapse when facing downward abundance cycles. Improving understanding about pelagic catch’s stock dependence can help avoid new cases of fishing collapse. This paper analyses the possible endogeneity of the fish stock variable in a pelagic fishery harvest function. The harvest function is estimated using panel data and ‘El Niño’ episodes as instrumental variable for the Chilean jack mackerel biomass. This strategy produces consistent estimates of the fish biomass coefficient. The paper makes two contributions. First, it corrects for endogeneity of the fish stock variable, an issue often underestimated in empirical fishery economics. Secondly, it shows that ‘El Niño’ episodes have negative effects on the Chilean jack mackerel biomass.

  11. Influencia del medio ambiente en evaluación de stock: una aproximación con modelos globales de producción The influence of environment on stock assessment: an approach with surplus production models

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    Pierre Fréon

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available Los modelos de producción convencionales no son adecuados para ciertos stocks, porque las variaciones del esfuerzo de pesca explican sólo una parte de la variabilidad total de las capturas anuales. A menudo la variación residual es originada por fenómenos ambientales, que afectan la abundancia y/o la capturabilidad del stock de un año a otro. En consecuencia, se ha incluido en los modelos convencionales una variable ambiental para mejorar la exactitud. Esta variable aparece en las fórmulas a nivel de la abundancia, de la capturabilidad, o de ambas. Estos modelos son desarrollados a partir del modelo de producción lineal de Schaefer, del exponencial de Fox o del generalizado de Pella y Tomlinson. CLlMPROD es un sistema-experto experimental que proporciona una descripción estadística y gráfica de los datos y permite la selección del modelo correspondiente según los criterios objetivos del usuario. El software ajusta los modelos usando rutinas de regresión no-lineal, evalúa el ajuste a través de tests paramétricos y no-paramétricos, y proporciona una representación gráfica de los resultados. Se consideran las limitaciones de este tipo de modelos. No obstante, éstos pueden proporcionar una interpretación bastante acertada de la historia de la pesquería, particularmente en el caso de stocks que colapsan inesperadamente sin ningún aumento apreciable del esfuerzo de pesca. Estos modelos también pueden ser útil en el manejo eficiente de este tipo de pesquerías, cuando los fenómenos climáticos pueden ser pronosticados o cuando su influencia esté restringida a la explotación del año(s anterior. Finalmente se presenta el análisis de dos pesquerías colapsadas por una combinación de sobrepesca y cambios ambientales: la pesquería de sardina de Senegal y la de anchoveta del Pacífico surorientalConventional global production models are not suitable for certain stocks, because fishing effort variations explain only a part of the total variability of annual catches. Often the residual variability originates from the influence of environmental phenomena, which affect either the abundance or the catchability of a stock from one year to the next. Therefore, an additional environmental variable has been inserted into conventional models in order to improve their aeeuracy. This variable appear in simple formulae concerning either stock abundance, or the catchability coefficient, or both. The models were developed from Schaefer's linear production model, Fox's exponential model or Pella and Tomlinson generalised model. CLlMPROD is an experimental expert-system, using artificial intelligence, which provides a statistical and graphical description of the data set and helps the user to select the model corresponding to his case according to objective eriteria. The software fits the model to the data set using a non-linear regression routine, assesses the fit with parametric and non-parametric tests, and provides a graphical representation of the results. Limitations of this kind of model are considered. The models can provide a fairly good interpretación of fishery history, particularly when a stock collapses unexpectedly without any appreciable increase in the nominal fishing effort. These models can also pro vide a useful tool efficient management of a fishery in those instances where climatic phenomena can be forecast, or when their influence is restricted to the year(s preceding exploitation. Finally, the analysis of two fisheries collapsed by a combination of overfishing and environmental changes is presented: the Senegalese sardine fishery and the south-east Pacific anchovy fishery

  12. Influencia del medio ambiente en evaluación de stock: una aproximación con modelos globales de producción / The influence of environment on stock assessment: an approach with surplus production models

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    Pierre, Fréon; Eleuterio, Yáñez R.

    Full Text Available Los modelos de producción convencionales no son adecuados para ciertos stocks, porque las variaciones del esfuerzo de pesca explican sólo una parte de la variabilidad total de las capturas anuales. A menudo la variación residual es originada por fenómenos ambientales, que afectan la abundancia y/o l [...] a capturabilidad del stock de un año a otro. En consecuencia, se ha incluido en los modelos convencionales una variable ambiental para mejorar la exactitud. Esta variable aparece en las fórmulas a nivel de la abundancia, de la capturabilidad, o de ambas. Estos modelos son desarrollados a partir del modelo de producción lineal de Schaefer, del exponencial de Fox o del generalizado de Pella y Tomlinson. CLlMPROD es un sistema-experto experimental que proporciona una descripción estadística y gráfica de los datos y permite la selección del modelo correspondiente según los criterios objetivos del usuario. El software ajusta los modelos usando rutinas de regresión no-lineal, evalúa el ajuste a través de tests paramétricos y no-paramétricos, y proporciona una representación gráfica de los resultados. Se consideran las limitaciones de este tipo de modelos. No obstante, éstos pueden proporcionar una interpretación bastante acertada de la historia de la pesquería, particularmente en el caso de stocks que colapsan inesperadamente sin ningún aumento apreciable del esfuerzo de pesca. Estos modelos también pueden ser útil en el manejo eficiente de este tipo de pesquerías, cuando los fenómenos climáticos pueden ser pronosticados o cuando su influencia esté restringida a la explotación del año(s) anterior. Finalmente se presenta el análisis de dos pesquerías colapsadas por una combinación de sobrepesca y cambios ambientales: la pesquería de sardina de Senegal y la de anchoveta del Pacífico suroriental Abstract in english Conventional global production models are not suitable for certain stocks, because fishing effort variations explain only a part of the total variability of annual catches. Often the residual variability originates from the influence of environmental phenomena, which affect either the abundance or t [...] he catchability of a stock from one year to the next. Therefore, an additional environmental variable has been inserted into conventional models in order to improve their aeeuracy. This variable appear in simple formulae concerning either stock abundance, or the catchability coefficient, or both. The models were developed from Schaefer's linear production model, Fox's exponential model or Pella and Tomlinson generalised model. CLlMPROD is an experimental expert-system, using artificial intelligence, which provides a statistical and graphical description of the data set and helps the user to select the model corresponding to his case according to objective eriteria. The software fits the model to the data set using a non-linear regression routine, assesses the fit with parametric and non-parametric tests, and provides a graphical representation of the results. Limitations of this kind of model are considered. The models can provide a fairly good interpretación of fishery history, particularly when a stock collapses unexpectedly without any appreciable increase in the nominal fishing effort. These models can also pro vide a useful tool efficient management of a fishery in those instances where climatic phenomena can be forecast, or when their influence is restricted to the year(s) preceding exploitation. Finally, the analysis of two fisheries collapsed by a combination of overfishing and environmental changes is presented: the Senegalese sardine fishery and the south-east Pacific anchovy fishery

  13. World meeting on stock assessment of bluefin tunas: strengths and weaknesses

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    1991-01-01

    The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) hosted a meeting, sponsored jointly by the IATTC and the Australian Fisheries Service, to discuss and report on the strengths and weaknesses of stock assessment techniques used on bluefin tuna stocks in the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. The meeting was held in La Jolla, California, on Mat 25-31, 1990.

  14. The use of Depletion Methods to assess Mediterranean cephalopod stocks under the current EU Data Collection Framework

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    S. KELLER

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Fuelled by the raising importance of cephalopod fisheries in Europe, there have been demands from scientists and stakeholders for their assessment and management. However, little has been done to improve the data collection in order to analyse cephalopod populations under the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF. While the DCF allows member states to design flexible national sampling programmes, it establishes the minimum data requirements (MDR each state is obliged to fulfil. In this study, it was investigated whether such MDR currently set by the DCF allow the application of depletion models (DMs to assess European cephalopod stocks. Squid and cuttlefish fisheries from the western Mediterranean were used as a case study. This exercise sheds doubt on the suitability of the MDR to properly assess and manage cephalopod stocks by means of DMs. Owing to the high plasticity of life-history traits in cephalopod populations, biological parameters should be estimated during the actual depletion period of the fished stocks, in contrast with the triennial sampling established by the DCF. In order to accurately track the depletion event, the rapid growth rates of cephalopods implies that their populations should be monitored at shorter time scales (ideally weekly or biweekly instead of quarterly as required by the DCF. These measures would not demand additional resources of the ongoing DCF, but a redistribution of sampling efforts during the depletion period. Such changes in the sampling scheme could be designed and undertaken by the member states or directly integrated as requirements.

  15. Annual stock assessment – CWT (USFWS): Annual report 2003

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — In 1989 the Bonneville Power Administration BPA began funding the evaluation of production groups of juvenile anadromous fish not being codedwire tagged for other...

  16. Trend and Fractality Assessment of Mexico's Stock Exchange

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    Morales, Javier; Tercero, Víctor; Camacho, Fernando; Cordero, Eduardo; López, Luis; Almaguer, F-Javier

    2014-01-01

    The total value of domestic market capitalization of the Mexican Stock Exchange was calculated at 520 billion of dollars by the end of November 2013. To manage this system and make optimum capital investments, its dynamics needs to be predicted. However, randomness within the stock indexes makes forecasting a difficult task. To address this issue, in this work, trends and fractality were studied using GNU-R over the opening and closing prices indexes over the past 23 years. ...

  17. Relationship between horizontal hydroacoustic stock estimates and gillnet catches of surface-oriented fish in shallow Lake Balaton (Hungary

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    György Á.I.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available We examined whether gillnetting and hydroacoustics provide comparable relative fish density and fish size distribution estimates in the uppermost water layer of a shallow turbid lake and whether the inclusion of environmental and stock parameters could improve comparability of data between different gears. According to gillnetting, most fish shorter than 14 cm in total length were Alburnus alburnus, and most fish longer than 14 cm were Pelecus cultratus. Size distributions and median sizes obtained from gillnetting and acoustics differed. Pure acoustics-derived density estimates accounted for only <8.8% of the variation in the gillnet catch by number and no correlation was found in biomass indices. Most variances observed in the gillnet catch-per-unit-effort data were associated with water transparency, none of the other investigated variables had significant explanatory power. We conclude that the feasibility of establishing a powerful model describing the relationship between fish density estimates of gillnetting and acoustics is low in shallow and turbid habitats, and it might be successful only if the crucial sampling and environmental parameters affecting catch efficiency of gillnets and post-processing of acoustic data are considered. This study cautions again that gillnetting should be used carefully to analyse trends of fish abundance.

  18. Environmental Assessment of Sport Fishing : Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This Environmental Assessment considers the biological, environmental, and socioeconomic effects of establishing a sport fishing program at Meredosia National...

  19. Risk Assessment for Fishing Vessels at Fishing Grounds

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    Sergey Moyseenko

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Safety and efficiency of fishing fleet activity depend largely on the quality of management decisions. Cause-and-effect relationships of accidents involving fishing vessels were identified by means of an analysis of emergencies and fishing incidents. The suggested method of risks calculation is based on the use of statistical methods, fuzzy sets/expert estimations method and the probability theory. The following most common tasks are presented and solved: - there is an impact of two or more independent negative factors/events on the vessel such as failure of a sonar, a vessel operator error, another vessel operator error. - a transport vessel carries out loading and unloading of fishing vessels under different environmental conditions. The value of the risk of an emergency incident is determined. - the fishing vessel navigation performs under various meteorological conditions. A priori probability of incident-free operation is calculated according to expert estimations.

  20. PREDICTION OF THE RESULTS OF CYPRINID (CYPRINIDAE FISH SEED CULTIVATION FOR STOCKING IN THE LOWER DNIEPER RESERVOIRS

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    Yu. Loshkova

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To improve the technology of growing age-1+ carp by constructing mathematical equations for predicting the results of cyprinid fish seed growing in ponds, including the level of fish productivity depending on the level of intensification measures. Methodology. The study is based on theoretical, experimental and laboratory methods approved for fisheries, physical, chemical and hydrobiological studies. Findings. The studies demonstrated that the proposed mathematical equations allow determining the parameters of the results of the growing of common carp, silver carp, and grass carp as fish seeds for stocking them in natural water bodies of the lower Dnieper. The hydrobiological regime was at the satisfactory level and ensured the necessary quantity of fish juveniles with feed organisms. As a result of the cultivation, we received high quality fish seeds with body weight of over 100 g that met the standards. The obtained age-1+ fish are viable in the future and can survive wintering in natural water bodies. The dependence between the parameters of fish productivity of common carp, silver carp and grass carp, and the amount of compost applied at ratio of 500–5050 kg/ha of ammonium nitrate in the range 10–150 kg/ha of superphosphate within 10–40 kg/ha was described by mathematical equations. The study found that our proposed mathematical equation can determine the performance results of the cultivation of common carp, silver carp and grass carp as fish seeds for stocking them in natural water bodies of the lower Dnieper. The application of the mathematical equations, which takes into account the use of intensification measures (organic fertilizers, as compost and fertilizers like ammonium nitrate and superphosphate, makes possible to predict fish productivity in ponds. Originality. A mathematical model of the efficiency of growing age-1+ cyprinids under special conditions of the application of certain technological factors, and technical factors, including organic and mineral fertilizers, was developed. Practical value. The developed mathematical model gives an opportunity to predict the probable effectiveness of growing age-1+ cyprinids under the conditions of the use of certain technological factors.

  1. Active Fish Tracking Sonar (AFTS) for Assessing Fish Behavior

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    Hedgepeth, J (Tenera Environmental, LLC); Johnson, Gary E.(BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Skalski, John R.; Burczynski, J (BioSonics Inc.)

    2002-11-01

    Active fish tracking sonars (AFTS) were used in 2001 to study fish movement in response to intake occlusion plates at The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River. AFTS provides three-dimensional fish tracks by aligning the axis of a split-beam transducer with a fish target. High-speed stepper motors move the transducer so that a tracked target remains on-axis. Occlusion plates with lateral extensions covered the top half of the turbine intakes to produce a fish friendly near-dam environment. Two AFTS were positioned at the center of Main Unit 1, one each for monitoring installed and removed plate conditions. A regression analysis showed that occlusion plates had pronounced effects on fish movement along the dam. The plates appeared to inhibit movement toward the spillway, movement toward the dam (especially in front of the turbine intake), and movement downward toward the turbines. Fish fate (as opposed to movement directions from regression slopes) into particular areas was determined using Markov-chain analysis. The sluiceway (a safer passage route above the turbine intake) zone of influence was larger with the occlusion plates installed, contrary to the regression results. In addition, the probability of passage out the near turbine and bottom sides of the sample volume was about 50% lower with occlusion plates installed.

  2. Otter ( Lutra lutra ) predation on stocked brown trout ( Salmo trutta ) in two Danish lowland rivers

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    Jacobsen, Lene

    2005-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate otter predation on stocked trout. Large hatchery-reared trout (16-30 cm) were stocked into two Danish rivers with different fish populations. Otter diet before and after trout stocking was determined by analysing 685 spraints, collected regularly during the 35-day study period. Fish composition in the rivers before stocking was assessed by electrofishing. In River Trend, a typical trout river, the proportion of trout in the otter diet increased from 8% before stockin...

  3. Stock Assessment of the Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris in Monastir; the Mid-eastern Coast of Tunisia

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    Widien Khoufi

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The common octopus, (Octopus vulgaris Cuvier, 1797 is widely distributed through the world. It represents an important resource with high economic value. It is exploited by trawl and by other gears such as trammel net, pots and it is also captured by diving. Although the multitude of assessment techniques, few fisheries cephalopods were well managed. In Tunisia, common octopus (Octopus vulgaris is captured particularly in southern coast and the Sahel defined by three regions (Mahdia, Sousse and Monastir. Our study constitutes the first assessment stock in Monastir situated in the mid of the eastern coasts of Tunisia. Using surplus production models, an under fishing state of Octopus in the East of Tunisia is shown. This study confirms also the necessity of the incorporation of environmental parameters for a better explanation of the variability of common octopus abundance and the importance of these results in the assessment and management of this species.

  4. 78 FR 32377 - Draft 2012 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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    2013-05-30

    ...Commission), the Humane Society of the United States and the...Comment 4: The Humane Society of the U.S. and the Center...of a stock. Response: The issues raised by the Humane Society of the U.S. and the...

  5. 76 FR 52940 - Draft 2011 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports

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    2011-08-24

    ... false killer whale (75 FR 2853, 19 January 2010). Details on the Take Reduction Plan and its proposed..., Bering Sea, Southeast Alaska stocks), sperm whale, gray whale, humpback ] whale (western North Pacific... Atlantic right whale, humpback whale, fin whale, sei whale, long-finned pilot whale, Atlantic......

  6. Evaluación talla estructurada de los stocks de Ensis macha y Tagelus dombeii en el Golfo de Arauco, Chile / Size structured stock assessment of Ensis macha and Tagelus dombeii in the Gulf of Arauco, Chile

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    Aldo F, Hernández; Luis A, Cubillos; Renato A, Quiñones.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluaron los stocks de Ensis macha y Tagelus dombeii, para la pesquería desarrollada en el Golfo de Arauco, Chile, entre 1996 y 2007. Se utilizó un modelo de evaluación de stock, que consiste en: i) un modelo general de dinámica poblacional especie-específica, ii) modelos para las observaciones [...] de capturas anuales, composición por tamaños y captura por unidad de esfuerzo; iii) funciones de log-verosimilitud para cada segmento de información y penalizaciones y; iv) un proceso de estimación numérica. El proceso de estimación permite la determinación simultánea de los parámetros poblacionales, tales como los parámetros de crecimiento de von Bertalanffy, la tasa de mortalidad natural a la edad, tasas de mortalidad por pesca, selectividad, y reclutamientos. Para E. macha se indican síntomas claros de sobreexplotación entre los años 1996 y 2007, con una condición de stock desovante y reclutamientos crítica y una estructura de tamaños y edades en los desembarques que dan cuenta de selectividades inferiores a la talla de primera madurez. Para el caso de T. dombeii, también se detectan algunos síntomas de sobreexplotación, con una condición de stock desovante y reclutamientos más saludable que la observada en el caso de E. macha, pero con una estructura de tamaños y edades en los desembarques que evidencian una alta dependencia de los reclutamientos anuales para el éxito de la actividad. Los stocks parentales de ambas especies muestran tendencias descendentes marcadas, lo cual a su vez estaría afectando de manera importante los reclutamientos a la pesquería. A la luz de los resultados es evidente que en el caso de las pesquerías de huepo y navajuela del Golfo de Arauco es prioritario disminuir el esfuerzo de pesca y mejorar la selectividad en la extracción. En caso que no se realicen cambios en este sentido la sustentabilidad de estas pesquerías puede verse seriamente comprometida. Abstract in english A stock assessment of Ensis macha and Tagelus dombeii for the fishery within the Gulf of Arauco, Chile was conducted from 1996 to 2007. The stock assessment model consisted of: (i) a general model of species-specific population dynamics, ii) models for the observations of annual catches, size compos [...] ition and catch per unit effort; iii) log-likelihood functions for each segment of information and penalties, and iv) a numerical estimation process. The estimation process allows the simultaneous determination of population parameters such as von Bertalanffy growth parameters, rate of natural mortality at age, fishing mortality rates, selectivity, and recruitment. The results for E. macha show clear signs of overfishing between 1996 and 2007, with a critical condition existing in regards to spawning stock and recruitment; the size and age structure in the landings indicates fishing activities are selecting fish that are smaller than the size at first maturity. In the case of T. dombeii, some signs of over exploitation are also detected but with spawning stock and recruitments healthier than that observed in the case of E. macha. Nevertheless, the size and age structure of the landings shows high dependence on the annual recruitment for the success of the fishery. The parental stocks of both species show clear declining trends, which is strongly affecting recruitments to the fishery. Our results demonstrate that it is critical to decrease the amount of fishing and improve the selectivity of the fishery. If changes towards this direction are not carried out, the sustainability of these fisheries is under threat.

  7. Principles of fish welfare assessment in farm rearing conditions

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    Reli? Renata R.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available For several decades fish welfare has been subject of many researches, and the interest for this subject is connected with the fact that fish can feel pain and suffering. In addition to this stressors’ mechanisms of action and their consequences are similar in mammals and fish. Assessment of welfare for farmed fish is based on the same principles as for terrestrial farm animals. However, special methods of collecting data are needed due to morphological characteristics of fish and properties of their environment. In the world and in our country, researches of different ways of fish welfare assessment are being conducted, especially based on non-invasive techniques such as monitoring of behaviour. In this paper a review of basic principles and methods used in assessment of farmed fish welfare is given.

  8. Otter ( Lutra lutra ) predation on stocked brown trout ( Salmo trutta ) in two Danish lowland rivers

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    Jacobsen, Lene

    2005-01-01

    This study aimed to evaluate otter predation on stocked trout. Large hatchery-reared trout (16-30 cm) were stocked into two Danish rivers with different fish populations. Otter diet before and after trout stocking was determined by analysing 685 spraints, collected regularly during the 35-day study...... period. Fish composition in the rivers before stocking was assessed by electrofishing. In River Trend, a typical trout river, the proportion of trout in the otter diet increased from 8% before stocking to 33% a few days after stocking. Moreover, trout lengths in the diet changed significantly towards the...... lengths of stocked trout, indicating that newly stocked trout were preferred to wild trout. In River Skals, dominated by cyprinids, there was no change in otter diet after stocking of hatchery trout, i.e., these were ignored by otter. Otter predation should be taken into account together with fish and...

  9. ASSESSMENT OF STOCK AND SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF SOLE (SOLEA SOLEA, L. IN ALBANIAN COAST USING RAPIDO TRAWL

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    Enton Spaho

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Common sole (Solea solea Linnaeus, 1758 is still not a specific target of fishery in Albania, but it represents an important target of the mixed-species catches of bottom trawlers and set netters operating in the coastal areas in the upper part of Albanian Adriatic Sea. Sole landings are low, amounting very few tonnes, but the demand will likely increase in the next future, because of the high quality of the fish fillet and the increase of consumers demand for wild sea fish. In order to identify the spawning areas and assess the spatial distribution and biomass of this species a rapido trawl survey was performed in year 2007. The smallest specimens were mostly concentrated in the shallowest stratum and the largest ones between 30 and 100 m depth. Solea Stock Biomass (SSB was 354 t, corresponding to 64% of the overall population recorded at sea at that time. In the context of fisheries, the Albanian fishing fleet involve a number of different fishing gears, while rapido trawl is introduced recently. The special technical and operating characteristics of rapido trawl makes it very effective in sole fishery and less harmful for the sea benthos and the species inhabiting it. This study aimed the estimation of spatial distribution of common sole and its biomass in the Albanian coast using rapido trawl gear.

  10. Evolutionary impact assessment: Accounting for the evolutionary consequences of fishing in an ecosystem approach to fisheries management

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    Laugen, Ane T.; Engelhard, Georg H.

    2014-01-01

    Managing fisheries resources to maintain healthy ecosystems is one of the main goals of the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF). While a number of international treaties call for the implementation of EAF, there are still gaps in the underlying methodology. One aspect that has received substantial scientific attention recently is fisheries-induced evolution (FIE). Increasing evidence indicates that intensive fishing has the potential to exert strong directional selection on life-history traits, behaviour, physiology, and morphology of exploited fish. Of particular concern is that reversing evolutionary responses to fishing can be much more difficult than reversing demographic or phenotypically plastic responses. Furthermore, like climate change, multiple agents cause FIE, with effects accumulating over time. Consequently, FIE may alter the utility derived from fish stocks, which in turn can modify the monetary value living aquatic resources provide to society. Quantifying and predicting the evolutionary effects of fishing is therefore important for both ecological and economic reasons. An important reason this is not happening is the lack of an appropriate assessment framework. We therefore describe the evolutionary impact assessment (EvoIA) as a structured approach for assessing the evolutionary consequences of fishing and evaluating the predicted evolutionary outcomes of alternative management options. EvoIA can contribute to EAF by clarifying how evolution may alter stock properties and ecological relations, support the precautionary approach to fisheries management by addressing a previously overlooked source of uncertainty and risk, and thus contribute to sustainable fisheries

  11. 1982 Aleutian Islands salmon stock assessment study: Legislative report

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report summarizes a comprehensive research study of the Aleutian Islands salmon resources in 1982. The study encompassed the area west of Unimak Pass to Attu...

  12. A Framework for Assessing Global Change Risks to Forest Carbon Stocks in the United States

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    Christopher W. Woodall; Domke, Grant M; Riley, Karin L.; Oswalt, Christopher M.; Crocker, Susan J.; Yohe, Gary W.

    2013-01-01

    Among terrestrial environments, forests are not only the largest long-term sink of atmospheric carbon (C), but are also susceptible to global change themselves, with potential consequences including alterations of C cycles and potential C emission. To inform global change risk assessment of forest C across large spatial/temporal scales, this study constructed and evaluated a basic risk framework which combined the magnitude of C stocks and their associated probability of stock change in the c...

  13. RMT Assessments of the Market Latent Information Embedded in the Stocks' Raw, Normalized, and Partial Correlations

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    Eshel Ben-Jacob; Yoash Shapira; Kenett, Dror Y.

    2009-01-01

    We present here assessment of the latent market information embedded in the raw, affinity (normalized), and partial correlations. We compared the Zipf plot, spectrum, and distribution of the eigenvalues for each matrix with the results of the corresponding random matrix. The analysis was performed on stocks belonging to the New York and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, for the time period of January 2000 to March 2009. Our results show that in comparison to the raw correlations, the affinity matrices...

  14. Population Dynamics and Stock Assessment of Blue Swimming Crab (Portunus pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758 in the Coastal Area of Trang Province, Thailand

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The population dynamics and stock assessment of blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758 in the coastal area of Trang province, Southern Thailand was done through stratified sampling of 7,499 crabs that were caught by crab gill nets and crab traps. The sampling was done from September 2006 to August 2007. The carapace width and weight relationship was measured, including parameters such as asymptotic outer carapace width (OCWa, curvature (K, asymptotic inner carapace width (ICWa, total mortality coefficient (Z, natural mortality coefficient (M, fishing mortality coefficient (F, exploitation rate (E, and total stock at first catch (Lc. The maximum sustainable yield (MSY, maximum economic yield (MEY and total biomass (B were estimated. Results showed that the asymptotic outer carapace width was 17.30. The asymptotic inner carapace width was 16.70 cm and its curvature was 1.5 per year. The total mortality coefficient was 8.96 per year, natural mortality coefficient was 1.61 per year and fishing mortality coefficient was 7.35 per year. The exploitation rate was 0.82. The total stock of blue swimming crab at first catch  at 2.5 - 3.0 cm was 7,895,170 individuals. Results of stock assessment also showed that the maximum sustainable yield was 364.33 tons, maximum economic yield was 25.29 million Baht (1 Baht = US$ 33 and total biomass was 139.83 MT. A 40 % decrease in the level of fishing effort is recommended to ensure sustainability of the blue swimming crab stock.

  15. A meta-analytic approach to quantifying scientific uncertainty in stock assessments

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    Ralston, Stephen; Punt, André E.; Hamel, Owen S.; DeVore, John D.; Conser, Ramon J.

    2011-01-01

    Quantifying scientific uncertainty when setting total allowable catch limits for fish stocks is a major challenge, but it is a requirement in the United States since changes to national fisheries legislation. Multiple sources of error are readily identifiable, including estimation error, model specification error, forecast error, and errors associated with the definition and estimation of reference points. Our focus here, however, is to quantify the influence of estimation error and model ...

  16. Recruitment variability and environment: issues related to stock assessments of Atlantic tunas

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    Fromentin, Jean-Marc; Restrepo, Victor

    2001-01-01

    Variations in recruitment and year-class strength of fish populations is a well known feature which can be related to three main factors: 1) human activity, mainly through overexploitation of the spawning stock, but also through pollution of the spawning and nursery areas; 2) biological processes, such as predation, cannibalism and competition and 3) environmental events. Life history traits of Atlantic tuna make the probability of a stable recruitment much higher for tropical tuna than tempe...

  17. Assessing changes in carbon stocks of Scottish soils: lessons learnt

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    Lilly, A.; Chapman, S. J.

    2015-07-01

    Between 1978 and 1988, the soils at 721 locations throughout Scotland were sampled at intervals 10 km apart. They were described, characterised and samples were taken from each of the main horizons. Material not used for analysis was stored in the National Soils Archive. Between 2007 and 2009, 183 of these locations were re-visited (20 km intervals) and fresh samples taken to identify changes in nutrient status, pH and, in particular, soil carbon concentrations and stocks over the 19-31 year period. The archived soil samples from this time were re-analysed alongside those from the recent sampling to determine carbon concentrations. Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy was used to estimate their bulk density so that carbon stocks could be calculated as this was not measured at the original sampling. The results showed no statistically significant change in soil carbon stocks to 1 m depth for the main, broad land use types in Scotland apart from a small but significant increase (P=0.035) in soils under woodland. There was approximately 11.5% difference in carbon concentration between the reanalysed, archived soil and values originally obtained, but this was attributed to an artefact of differences in analytical methods. Between the two sampling periods, a decrease in carbon concentration of 2.4 g kg-1 was detected in cultivated soils. However, a significant increase in topsoil thickness of 2.9 cm (P=0.024) was sufficient to compensate for these changes in arable soils such that there was no detectable change in carbon stocks. The work shows the value of soil archives and of measuring horizon thickness.

  18. African Stock Market Performance Dynamics: A Multidimensional Convergence Assessment

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    Simplice A., Asongu

    2012-01-01

    This paper dissects with great acuteness, the issues of convergence in financial performance dynamics in the African continent through the lenses of stock market capitalization, value traded, turnover and number of listed companies. The empirical evidence is premised on 11 homogenous panels based on regions (sub-Saharan and North Africa), income-levels (Low, Middle, Lower-middle and Upper-middle), legal-origins (English common-law and French civil-law) and religious dominations (Christianity ...

  19. VIS – A database on the distribution of fishes in inland and estuarine waters in Flanders, Belgium

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    Brosens, Dimitri; Breine, Jan; Van Thuyne, Gerlinde; Belpaire, Claude; Desmet,Peter; Verreycken, Hugo

    2015-01-01

    The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) has been performing standardized fish stock assessments in Flanders, Belgium. This Flemish Fish Monitoring Network aims to assess fish populations in public waters at regular time intervals in both inland waters and estuaries. This monitoring was set up in support of the Water Framework Directive, the Habitat Directive, the Eel Regulation, the Red List of fishes, fish stock management, biodiversity research, and to assess the colonization an...

  20. Age dependent sensitivity of oil on fish larvae, used in assessment of potential oil pollution damages on fish resources

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    Føyn, Lars; Serigstad, Bjørn

    1987-01-01

    Oil exploration in Norwegian waters will probably be extended further north into the Barents Sea. The Barents Sea is the nursery ground for important fish stocks spawning outside the norwegian coast, north of 62°N. Fish eggs and larvae are transported with the current systems northwards ending up as 0-group fish no longer dependent of the transportation provided by the currents. Some place between the egg/larval stage and mature fish, the fish is not longer vulnerable for oil pollution. This ...

  1. Impact Assessment of the Role of Nigerian Stock Exchange on the Economic Development of Nigeria

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    Okoh, Lucky

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The stock exchange is a specialized market for the buying and selling of securities. These securities include stocks and shares which represent ownership interests in business, debentures and government bonds. The study assessed the impact that the Nigerian stock exchange has created on the development of the Nigerian economy. To achieve the objectives, this study reviewed stock exchange, its functions, activities, roles, and legislation. The advantages and disadvantages of listing on the stock market were also x-rayed. Also highlighted were the trading, clearing and settlement process of the Nigerian stock exchange and the short comings. The study concluded that for the Nigerian stock exchange to contribute significantly in the development of the Nigerian economy through mobilization and utilization of funds for expansion of business enterprises in the country, it should intensify efforts in creating public awareness as regards its services to the economy, effective investor education, fostering and stimulating speculation in the market and reforms that would compel investors to take due diligence when funds are to be raised by government to eliminate the buying and selling culture that exists in the market should be carried out.

  2. Assessment of Fish Biodiversity in Oni River, Ogun State, Nigeria

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    Obe Bernardine Wuraola

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available For the purpose of sustainable exploitation of the fishery resourcesof Oni River, Ogun State, Nigeria, the fish biodiversity assessment was carried out. This was conducted by enumerating and identifying fish species composition, measuring the fish length, fish weight, assessing the fish abundance and biomass, determining the length-weight relationships and the length-frequency of the fishes. Altogether, 592 fishes were sampled comprising twenty-eight (28 species belonging to sixteen (16 families. The families identified included: Cichlidae, Mormyridae, Clariidae, Channidae, Malapteruridae, Gymnarchidae, Bagridae, Mochokidae, Polypteridae, Pantodontidae,Schilbeidae, Anabantidae, Osteoglossidae, Characidae, Notopteridaeand Distichodontidae. The family Mormyridae was the most abundant with 163 members followed by Cichlidae with 161 members. The least represented family was Schilbeidae with only two (2 members. On the species level, Tilapia zillii had the greatest number of representation with seventy (70 members, followed by Oreochromis niloticus with fifty-eight (58 members.

  3. Fish sampling with active methods.

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    Kube?ka, Jan; Godo, O. R.; Hickley, P.; Prchalová, Marie; ?íha, Milan; Rudstam, L.; Welcomme, R.

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 123, July (2012), s. 1-3. ISSN 0165-7836 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : fish stock assessment * active and passive gear * intercalibration Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.695, year: 2012

  4. Hypertrophy in fishponds results in weaker top-down effect of fish stock nad less efficient fish productivity.

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    Potužák, J.; H?da, J.; Pechar, Libor

    Olsztyn : European aquaculture society, 2008 - (Kamler, E.; Dabrowski, K.). s. 537-538 ISBN 978-83-60111-30-7 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 2B06068 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60870520 Keywords : Top-down Effect * plankton * fish production Subject RIV: DA - Hydrology ; Limnology

  5. Improving capacity of stock assessment for sea turtles: using ocean circulation modeling to inform genetic mixed stock analysis

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Genetic approaches have been useful for assigning stock ID to sea turtles caught as bycatch in fisheries, or determining stock composition at foraging grounds. In...

  6. Robustness of egg production methods as a fishery independent alternative to assess the Eastern Baltic cod stock (Gadus morhua callarias L.)

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    Kraus, Gerd; Hinrichsen, Hans-Harald

    2012-01-01

    At present, several cod stocks are outside safe biological limits and are managed under recovery plans. For these stocks Total Allowable Catches (TAC's) are generally low and quotas are accompanied by a broad variety of technical measures influencing the fishing patterns. Consequently, the input data to stock assessment models relying on catch statistics from the commercial fisheries is potentially biased and the perception of stock status may be incorrect. Egg production methods (EPM) provide a fishery independent alternative. Additionally, they provide better estimates of stock reproductive potential (SRP). Eastern Baltic cod (Gad us morhua callarias L) has severely declined throughout the 2nd half of the 1980s and 1st half of the 1990s due to climate-driven adverse hydrographic conditions and high fishing intensity. Since 2007 the stock is managed under a long-term management plan and showed signs of recovery in most recent years. Since 1986. egg surveys have been carried! out regularly in the Bornholm Basin, the most important spawning area of Eastern Baltic cod since mid-1980s. In the present paper the robustness of EPM towards simplification of spawning parameters and toward; reduction of the number of egg surveys is tested applying three different methods requiring different numbers of egg surveys. We applied the annual egg production method (AEPM) requiring full egg survey coverage of the spawning season to estimate cod abundances in the Bornholm Basin. In addition, the daily fecundity reduction method (DFRM) and the daily egg production method (DEPM) were tested, the latter two methods requiring only single egg surveys, but require more complex reproduction input parameters. All three methods provided a comparable result, which was also expected as many spawning parameters were derived from the same underlying data sets. In a sensitivity analysis several input parameters were varied simultaneously up to 20% in both directions. EPM were! especially sensitive towards change.; in proportions of matur! e female s at age, whereas changes in the various fecundity parameters and spawning fraction were less influential. EPM results followed the large scale spawning stock trends of the Baltic International Trawl Survey index, whereas the year to year variations of the index were not captured to well. EPM yielded spawning stock sizes in the same order of magnitude as provided by a spatially down-scaled multi-species stock assessment model

  7. Microchemical analyses of otoliths in Baltic Sea fish - Possibilities and limitations of otolith elemental analysis to describe individual life history and stock characteristics of fish in the Baltic Sea

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    Marohn, Lasse

    2011-01-01

    In this thesis otolith microchemistry analyses were used to gain insights into the individual life history and stock characteristics of three fish species from the Baltic Sea - the European eel Anguilla anguilla, the Atlantic cod Gadus morhua and the thicklip grey mullet Chelon labrosus. The special hydrographic environment of the world’s largest brackish water system provides promising conditions for the use of otolith elemental analysis to investigate individual migration patterns and stock...

  8. Indirect manifestation of cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis (L. predation on pond fish stock

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    Kortan J.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The damage to fisheries caused by cormorant predation pressure consists of losses due to direct predation and subsequent indirect losses elicited by cormorant feeding activities resulting in fish wounding and stress. Healed wounds reduce the commercial value of afflicted fish and stress may impact fish body and health condition. Fulton´s condition coefficient (FCC was calculated for wounded and healthy two-year old carp originating from five South Moravian (Czech Republic fishponds. Significant (P = 0.0011 differences in FCC (mean ± s.d., were found between non-wounded (1.48 ± 0.11, n = 19 and wounded mirror common carp, Cyprinus carpio (1.33 ± 0.14, n = 19. However no differences (P > 0.05 were recorded in scaly common carp between non-wounded (FCC 1.41 ± 0.25, n = 33 and wounded (FCC 1.46 ± 0.47, n = 33 fish of the same age and size category. A computer assisted image analysis was applied to describe the extent of such injuries. In the case of two-year old mirror, scaly and bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis, signs of serious injuries (necroses were recorded on 1.93, 0.89 and 1.61% of body surface, respectively. Fish with deep wounds and scars, often accompanied with progressive necroses, were subject to parasitological examination. The percentage of wounded fish from total fish harvested was evaluated as ranging between < 1 and 47.4% in five ponds under study.

  9. AFSC/REFM: Isolation by distance (IBD) Alaskan fish stock structure modeling (NCEI Accession 0130929)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This model study examines several management strategies for two marine fish species subject to isolation-by-distance (IBD): Pacific cod in the Aleutian Islands (AI)...

  10. The relationship between stocking eggs in boreal spawning rivers and the abundance of brown trout parr

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    Syrjänen, Jukka; Ruokonen, Timo; Ketola, Tarmo; Valkeajärvi, Pentti

    2015-01-01

    Stocking with eggs has been widely used as a management measure to support degraded salmonid stocks. In Finland, Atlantic salmon and both sea-migrating and lake-migrating brown trout are stocked as eggs, alevins, fry, parr, and smolt, whereas trout are also stocked as mature fish. The aim of this stocking is to improve catches and to support collapsed spawning stocks. We assessed the success of stocking with brown trout eggs in a study of 17 Finnish boreal forest rivers, of which 9 were subje...

  11. Stakeholder participation in the management of North East Atlantic pelagic fish stocks

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    Coers, Aukje; Raakjær, Jesper; Olesen, Christian

    2012-01-01

    When the Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) were created during the last reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in 2002, it was recognised that in addition to the five geographically orientated stakeholder lead advisory bodies, a separate RAC dedicated exclusively to pelagic fisheries was needed because of it being so distinctly different from other fisheries. Pelagic fishing is different mostly due to the fact that the targeted fish species behave in a unique manner by grouping in schools i...

  12. A cross-ecosystem comparison of temporal variability in recruitment of functionally analogous fish stocks

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    Megrey, Beatriz Diaz; Hare, Jon; Dommasnes, Are; Gjøsæter, Harald; Stockhausen, William; Overholtz, William; Gaichas, Sarah; Skaret, Georg; Falk-Petersen, Jannike; Link, Jason S.; Friedland, Kevin

    2007-01-01

    As part of the international MENU collaboration, variability in temporal patterns of recruitment andspawning stock were compared among functionally analogous species from four marine ecosystemsincluding the Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank, the Norwegian/Barents Seas, the eastern Bering Sea and theGulf of Alaska. Variability was characterized by calculating coefficients of variation for each time seriesand by representing the time series as anomalies. Patterns of synchrony and asynchrony in recruit...

  13. Forecasting fish stock dynamics under climate change: Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) as a case study

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    Bartolino, V.; Margonski, P.; Lindegren, Martin; Linderholm, H.W.; Cardinale, M.; Rayner, D.; Wennhage, H.; Casini, M.

    2014-01-01

    Climate change and anthropogenic disturbances may affect marine populations and ecosystems through multiple pathways. In this study we present a framework in which we integrate existing models and knowledge on basic regulatory processes to investigate the potential impact of future scenarios of fisheries exploitation and climate change on the temporal dynamics of the central Baltic herring stock. Alternative scenarios of increasing sea surface temperature and decreasing salinity of the Baltic Se...

  14. A model of a fishery with fish stock involving delay equations.

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    Auger, P; Ducrot, Arnaud

    2009-12-13

    The aim of this paper is to provide a new mathematical model for a fishery by including a stock variable for the resource. This model takes the form of an infinite delay differential equation. It is mathematically studied and a bifurcation analysis of the steady states is fulfilled. Depending on the different parameters of the problem, we show that Hopf bifurcation may occur leading to oscillating behaviours of the system. The mathematical results are finally discussed. PMID:19884186

  15. Mapping of soil organic carbon stocks for spatially explicit assessments of climate change mitigation potential

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    Current methods for assessing soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks are generally not well suited for understanding variations in SOC stocks in landscapes. This is due to the tedious and time-consuming nature of the sampling methods most commonly used to collect bulk density cores, which limits repeatability across large areas, particularly where information is needed on the spatial dynamics of SOC stocks at scales relevant to management and for spatially explicit targeting of climate change mitigation options. In the current study, approaches were explored for (i) field-based estimates of SOC stocks and (ii) mapping of SOC stocks at moderate to high resolution on the basis of data from four widely contrasting ecosystems in East Africa. Estimated SOC stocks for 0–30 cm depth varied both within and between sites, with site averages ranging from 2 to 8 kg m−2. The differences in SOC stocks were determined in part by rainfall, but more importantly by sand content. Results also indicate that managing soil erosion is a key strategy for reducing SOC loss and hence in mitigation of climate change in these landscapes. Further, maps were developed on the basis of satellite image reflectance data with multiple R-squared values of 0.65 for the independent validation data set, showing variations in SOC stocks across these landscapes. These maps allow for spatially explicit targeting of potential climate change mitigation efforts through soil carbon sequestration, which is one option for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Further, the maps can be used to monitor the impacts of such mitigation efforts over time. (letter)

  16. Data collected from underwater visual surveys of fish stocks at twenty-three sites in West Hawaii, 1999 - 2005 (NODC Accession 0002767)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Data are from underwater visual surveys of fish stocks at 23 sites in West Hawaii. Survey sites are 8 to 14 m deep and are all located on reef shelfs with moderate...

  17. Nondestructive spectroscopic and imaging techniques for quality evaluation and assessment of fish and fish products.

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    He, Hong-Ju; Wu, Di; Sun, Da-Wen

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, people have increasingly realized the importance of acquiring high quality and nutritional values of fish and fish products in their daily diet. Quality evaluation and assessment are always expected and conducted by using rapid and nondestructive methods in order to satisfy both producers and consumers. During the past two decades, spectroscopic and imaging techniques have been developed to nondestructively estimate and measure quality attributes of fish and fish products. Among these noninvasive methods, visible/near-infrared (VIS/NIR) spectroscopy, computer/machine vision, and hyperspectral imaging have been regarded as powerful and effective analytical tools for fish quality analysis and control. VIS/NIR spectroscopy has been widely applied to determine intrinsic quality characteristics of fish samples, such as moisture, protein, fat, and salt. Computer/machine vision on the other hand mainly focuses on the estimation of external features like color, weight, size, and surface defects. Recently, by incorporating both spectroscopy and imaging techniques in one system, hyperspectral imaging cannot only measure the contents of different quality attributes simultaneously, but also obtain the spatial distribution of such attributes when the quality of fish samples are evaluated and measured. This paper systematically reviews the research advances of these three nondestructive optical techniques in the application of fish quality evaluation and determination and discuss future trends in the developments of nondestructive technologies for further quality characterization in fish and fish products. PMID:24915393

  18. How systematic age underestimation can impede understanding of fish population dynamics: Lessons learned from a Lake Superior cisco stock

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    Yule, D.L.; Stockwell, J.D.; Black, J.A.; Cullis, K.I.; Cholwek, G.A.; Myers, J.T.

    2008-01-01

    Systematic underestimation of fish age can impede understanding of recruitment variability and adaptive strategies (like longevity) and can bias estimates of survivorship. We suspected that previous estimates of annual survival (S; range = 0.20-0.44) for Lake Superior ciscoes Coregonus artedi developed from scale ages were biased low. To test this hypothesis, we estimated the total instantaneous mortality rate of adult ciscoes from the Thunder Bay, Ontario, stock by use of cohort-based catch curves developed from commercial gill-net catches and otolith-aged fish. Mean S based on otolith ages was greater for adult females (0.80) than for adult males (0.75), but these differences were not significant. Applying the results of a study of agreement between scale and otolith ages, we modeled a scale age for each otolith-aged fish to reconstruct catch curves. Using modeled scale ages, estimates of S (0.42 for females, 0.36 for males) were comparable with those reported in past studies. We conducted a November 2005 acoustic and midwater trawl survey to estimate the abundance of ciscoes when the fish were being harvested for roe. Estimated exploitation rates were 0.085 for females and 0.025 for males, and the instantaneous rates of fishing mortality were 0.089 for females and 0.025 for males. The instantaneous rates of natural mortality were 0.131 and 0.265 for females and males, respectively. Using otolith ages, we found that strong year-classes at large during November 2005 were caught in high numbers as age-1 fish in previous annual bottom trawl surveys, whereas weak or absent year-classes were not. For decades, large-scale fisheries on the Great Lakes were allowed to operate because ciscoes were assumed to be short lived and to have regular recruitment. We postulate that the collapse of these fisheries was linked in part to a misunderstanding of cisco biology driven by scale-ageing error. ?? Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2008.

  19. Assessing soil carbon stocks under pastures through orbital remote sensing

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    Gabor Gyula Julius, Szakács; Carlos Clemente, Cerri; Uwe, Herpin; Martial, Bernoux.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The growing demand of world food and energy supply increases the threat of global warming due to higher greenhouse gas emissions by agricultural activity. Therefore, it is widely admitted that agriculture must establish a new paradigm in terms of environmental sustainability that incorporate techniq [...] ues for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. This article addresses to the scientific demand to estimate in a fast and inexpensive manner current and potential soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks in degraded pastures, using remote sensing techniques. Four pastures on sandy soils under Brazilian Cerrado vegetation in São Paulo state were chosen due to their SOC sequestration potential, which was characterized for the soil depth 0-50 cm. Subsequently, a linear regression analysis was performed between SOC and Leaf Area Index (LAI) measured in the field (LAIfield) and derived by satellite (LAIsatellite) as well as SOC and pasture reflectance in six spectra from 450 nm - 2350 nm, using the Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+) sensor of satellite Landsat 7. A high correlation between SOC and LAIfield (R² = 0.9804) and LAIsatellite (R² = 0.9812) was verified. The suitability of satellite derived LAI for SOC determination leads to the assumption, that orbital remote sensing is a very promising SOC estimation technique from regional to global scale.

  20. Assessment of the North-East Arctic and North Sea Stocks of Saithe Taking Into Account Migration

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    JAKOBSEN Tore

    1981-01-01

    Tagging experiments have shown that there is a substantial migration of young saithe from the Norwegian coast north of 62°N to the North Sea. Assessments of the North-East Arctic and North Sea Stocks of saithe were made assuming that all 1-4 year old saithe caught between 62° and 64°N would have recruited to the North Sea stock. The new assessments give a decrease in the level of recruitment to the North-East Arctic stock and an increase to the North Sea stock. he exploitation of the NorthEa...

  1. South Florida Seagrass Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network (FIAN)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — The South Florida Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network (FIAN) is a monitoring project within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). It is an...

  2. A large-scale field assessment of carbon stocks in human-modified tropical forests.

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    Berenguer, Erika; Ferreira, Joice; Gardner, Toby Alan; Aragão, Luiz Eduardo Oliveira Cruz; De Camargo, Plínio Barbosa; Cerri, Carlos Eduardo; Durigan, Mariana; Cosme De Oliveira Junior, Raimundo; Vieira, Ima Célia Guimarães; Barlow, Jos

    2014-12-01

    Tropical rainforests store enormous amounts of carbon, the protection of which represents a vital component of efforts to mitigate global climate change. Currently, tropical forest conservation, science, policies, and climate mitigation actions focus predominantly on reducing carbon emissions from deforestation alone. However, every year vast areas of the humid tropics are disturbed by selective logging, understory fires, and habitat fragmentation. There is an urgent need to understand the effect of such disturbances on carbon stocks, and how stocks in disturbed forests compare to those found in undisturbed primary forests as well as in regenerating secondary forests. Here, we present the results of the largest field study to date on the impacts of human disturbances on above and belowground carbon stocks in tropical forests. Live vegetation, the largest carbon pool, was extremely sensitive to disturbance: forests that experienced both selective logging and understory fires stored, on average, 40% less aboveground carbon than undisturbed forests and were structurally similar to secondary forests. Edge effects also played an important role in explaining variability in aboveground carbon stocks of disturbed forests. Results indicate a potential rapid recovery of the dead wood and litter carbon pools, while soil stocks (0-30 cm) appeared to be resistant to the effects of logging and fire. Carbon loss and subsequent emissions due to human disturbances remain largely unaccounted for in greenhouse gas inventories, but by comparing our estimates of depleted carbon stocks in disturbed forests with Brazilian government assessments of the total forest area annually disturbed in the Amazon, we show that these emissions could represent up to 40% of the carbon loss from deforestation in the region. We conclude that conservation programs aiming to ensure the long-term permanence of forest carbon stocks, such as REDD+, will remain limited in their success unless they effectively avoid degradation as well as deforestation. PMID:24865818

  3. Climate change and credibility of fish stock agreements :the case of the north-east arctic cod

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    Ekerhovd, Nils-Arne

    2010-01-01

    We simulate how an increase in the productivity of the North-East Arctic cod stock would affect the Russian-Norwegian cooperation on the management of the stock. The productivity increase is linked to environmental conditions in the sea and to climate change through a temperature-dependent stock-recruitment relationship, where the numbers of recruits is positively related to the sea temperature given the spawning stock biomass. Increased recruitment and productivity of the stock improved the...

  4. Complex dynamics analysis on fish stock harvested by two players with heterogeneous rationality

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    This paper formulates a duopoly game model with heterogeneous expectations assuming that two players with asymmetric information harvest fish from a common fish ground and sell it in an imperfectly competitive market. We study the existence and stability of this system's positive equilibrium characterizing the sustainable use of the renewable resource. Then show the complex dynamics of this system in different parameters though numerical simulation. We finally show the influence of the adjustment speed of the harvesting quantity on the set of initial conditions which give non-negative trajectories converging to an equilibrium (called as a feasible set). When the player accelerates the adjustment speed in order to achieve initial advantage, we discover that it leads to instability of system and makes the system sink into the chaotic state and thus makes the resources exhaust more easily.

  5. Annual dynamics of the fish stock in a backwater of the River Dyje.

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    Lusk, Stanislav; Hala?ka, Karel; Lusková, V?ra; Horák, Václav

    2001-01-01

    Ro?. 17, 4-5 (2001), s. 571-581. ISSN 0886-9375. [International Symposium on Regulated Streams /8./. Toulouse, 17.07.2000-21.07.2000] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA206/99/1519; GA ?R GA206/00/0668; GA AV ?R IBS6093007; GA AV ?R KSK6005114 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6093917 Keywords : backwater * fish communities * River Dyje Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 1.169, year: 2001

  6. Hydroacoustic estimates of fish stocks in temperate reservoirs: day or night surveys?.

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    Draštík, Vladislav; Kube?ka, Jan; ?ech, Martin; Frouzová, Jaroslava; ?íha, Milan; J?za, Tomáš; Tušer, Michal; Jarolím, Old?ich; Prchalová, Marie; Peterka, Ji?í; Vašek, Mojmír; Kratochvíl, Michal; Mat?na, Josef; Mrkvi?ka, Tomáš

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 22, ?. 1 (2009), s. 69-77. ISSN 0990-7440 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/06/1371; GA ?R(CZ) GA206/07/1392; GA AV ?R(CZ) 1QS600170504 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : hydroacoustics * fish biomass * diel migration * man-made lake Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.227, year: 2009

  7. Eco-Label Conveys Reliable Information on Fish Stock Health to Seafood Consumers

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    Gutiérrez, Nicolás L.; Valencia, Sarah R.; Branch, Trevor A.; Agnew, David J.; Baum, Julia K.; Bianchi, Patricia L.; Cornejo-Donoso, Jorge; Costello, Christopher; Defeo, Omar; Essington, Timothy E.; Hilborn, Ray; Hoggarth, Daniel D.; Larsen, Ashley E.; Ninnes, Chris; Sainsbury, Keith

    2012-01-01

    Concerns over fishing impacts on marine populations and ecosystems have intensified the need to improve ocean management. One increasingly popular market-based instrument for ecological stewardship is the use of certification and eco-labeling programs to highlight sustainable fisheries with low environmental impacts. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is the most prominent of these programs. Despite widespread discussions about the rigor of the MSC standards, no comprehensive analysis of th...

  8. Possible economic impact on coastal fish stock resources in Bangladesh in the case of climate change

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    Habib, Ahasan

    2010-01-01

    The Bay of Bengal fishery in Bangladesh is the most important and the predominant fishery in the country. Effort data from 1985-1986 to 2007-2008 is standardised to a standard year 2007-2008 (fish trawler) vessel and standardised effort has together with catch data been used to calculate the parameter values for the Gordon-Schafer surplus production model. The parameterised models are used to estimate the biological parameters, maximum sustainable yield, maximum economic yield and open access...

  9. Developing Cost-Effective Field Assessments of Carbon Stocks in Human-Modified Tropical Forests

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    Berenguer, Erika; Gardner, Toby A.; Ferreira, Joice; Aragão, Luiz E. O. C.; CAMARGO Plínio B. de; Cerri, Carlos E.; Durigan, Mariana; Oliveira Junior, Raimundo C.; Vieira, Ima C. G.; Barlow, Jos

    2015-01-01

    Across the tropics, there is a growing financial investment in activities that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, such as REDD+. However, most tropical countries lack on-the-ground capacity to conduct reliable and replicable assessments of forest carbon stocks, undermining their ability to secure long-term carbon finance for forest conservation programs. Clear guidance on how to reduce the monetary and time costs of field assessments of forest carbon can help t...

  10. Performance evaluation of chicken, cow and pig manure in the production of natural fish food in aquadams stocked with Oreochromis mossambicus

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    Rapatsa, M. M.; Moyo, N. A. G.

    The main objective of this study was to characterize the ecological conditions that prevail after the application of chicken, cow and pig manure. Three treatments, chicken, cow, pig manure and a control were assigned to aquadams in a completely randomized design and each treatment was replicated three times. The aquadams were fertilized 2 weeks before the fish were stocked. One hundred Oreochromis mossambicus (mean weight ±40 g) were stocked in each aquadam. Water physico-chemical parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity, salinity, turbidity, ammonia, nitrite, total alkalinity as calcium carbonate, and phosphorus) were determined once a week for the duration of the experiment. Zooplankton and phytoplankton in the different treatments were enumerated once every 2 weeks. The relationship between phytoplankton communities and the water physico-chemical parameters were evaluated using canonical correspondence analysis (CCA). The CCA indicated that the physico-chemical variables which best explain the distribution of phytoplankton were carbonate alkalinity, pH, phosphate, potassium, nitrogen and dissolved oxygen. Phytoplankton abundance was highest in chicken manure because the optimum nutrient conditions for the growth of phytoplankton were found in this treatment. Zooplankton abundance was also highest in the chicken manure treatment. The control was associated with one phytoplankton taxa, Chlorella. The numerical contribution of the different food items in the stomachs of O. mossambicus was determined. The diet of O. mossambicus was dominated by phytoplankton particularly Microcystis species. Total coliforms and Escherichia coli were used to assess the microbiological quality of the water in the different manure treatments. Chicken manure had the lowest total coliform and E. coli count. However, chicken manure had the highest Bacillus count. The implications of the microbial load in the chicken, cow and pig manure are discussed.

  11. SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF FISH IN LAKE TURKANA, KENYA

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    Muška, Milan

    2013-01-01

    The knowledge of fish spatial distribution is essential for fish stock assessments and management. The aim of this study was to describe the fish spatial distribution in the vertical and horizontal point of view, estimate parameters of pelagic fish assemblage and compare this results with historical data.

  12. Brood stock formation of the hermaphrodite finfish species Pagellus erythrinus (common Pandora from fish reared in captivity

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Formation of brood stock is considered to be one of the most important operations in order to acquire eggs and fry from any promising candidate finfish species for aquaculture production. The sex reversal observed in hermaphrodite species adds to confusion and creates additional complications in forming a brood stock. The present study describes the efforts and the results of the brood stock formation of the hermaphrodite finfish species Pagellus erythrinus (common Pandora from individuals aged between 4 and 5 years (TL>300mm reared in floating cages. Six groups were formed (50 fish/group in all of which females were present comprising 20 to 40% of the population. The presence of females was in contrast to the literature, which reported that sex reversal of the common Pandora is complete in naturally occurring populations with the absence of females in sizes of a total length greater than 220mm, indicating that in captivity sex reversal is not complete for this species. Four of the groups formed spawned under natural environmental conditions without hormonal treatment and the other two groups were administered a different dosage (250 and 500 IU/kg of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG to induce spawning. The reproductive period started in the middle of May and ended at the beginning of July and spontaneous spawning occurred in all groups. Egg release lasted for a mean period of one month for the groups that spawned without hormonal treatment with no significant difference in the number of viable eggs between groups. The groups that spawned under hormonal treatment released eggs for a period of six and seven days, for the group that spawned under the high and low hormonal treatment, respectively, with no significant difference in the number of viable eggs between them. The hormonal induced spawning resulted in egg release within a short period of time ideal for a hatchery. However, the number of viable eggs produced was significantly lower compared to the number of viable eggs produced from groups that spawned without hormonal treatment.

  13. Influence of climate on recruitment and migration of fish stocks in the North Sea

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    Svendsen, Einar; Aglen, Asgeir; Iversen, Svein A.; Skagen, Dankert W.; Smedstad, Odd M.

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    For several decades one of the prime targets within fishery science has been to be able to understand and explain the great variability in the success of survival from egg to mature fish. One of the reasons why such effort has not lead to any clear and quantifiable conclusions, is probably that the direct and indirect influence of the physical climate has so far been underestimated. 22 years of hydrographic data taken during summer over most of the northern and central North Sea, and meteorol...

  14. The effect of hydropower on fish stocks: comparison between cascade and non-cascade reservoirs.

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    Draštík, Vladislav; Kube?ka, Jan; Tušer, Michal; ?ech, Martin; Frouzová, Jaroslava; Jarolím, Old?ich; Prchalová, Marie

    2008-01-01

    Ro?. 609, ?. 1 (2008), s. 25-36. ISSN 0018-8158. [EIFAC Symposium on hydropower, flood control and water abstraction : implications for fish and fisheries. Mondsee, 14.06.2006-17.06.2006] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/06/1371; GA ?R(CZ) GA206/02/0520; GA ?R(CZ) GA206/07/1392; GA AV ?R(CZ) 1QS600170504 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : abundance * biomass * longitudinal gradient * vertical and horizontal distribution * cascade Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.449, year: 2008

  15. Geomatics and bioenergy feasibility assessments: Taking stock and looking forward

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    Calvert, K. [Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen' s University, Queen' s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Macintosh Corry Hall - Room E104B, 138 Union Street, Kingston, Ontario (Canada)

    2011-02-15

    Renewable energy resources are spatially distributed, and their potential to contribute to societal energy supplies is dependent on local geographic nuances. To provide relevant and robust baseline information, these spatial qualities must be considered when assessing resource availability or technology performance. This is the impetus behind the application of geomatics in the field of renewable energy. Given that each renewable energy source option has unique geographic qualities, a one-size-fits-all analytical approach is not possible. It is thus important to examine how the geographic qualities of specific renewable energy options are managed in the methodological approaches that are used to assess them. To this end, this paper reviews the ways in which geomatics has been used to provide geographic information about bioenergy feasibility, and to solve fundamental bioenergy measurement problems in terms of distinguishing actual from potential feedstock, quantifying multiple biomass supply options, and assessing the scope of conversion platforms. Particular attention is given to data quality, the commensurability of data models and the energy sources they attempt to visualize and analyze, the methods used for facility location decisions, and the capacity to perform site-specific analyses of technology performance. The paper also discusses the ways that the 'static' nature of geographic information can be overcome to take seriously the temporal issues that are related to bioenergy feasibility. Moving forward, bioenergy assessments must begin with a comprehensive resource assessment and consider a range of conversion options. This baseline information will enable bioenergy to be taken seriously in energy investment decisions. (author)

  16. A framework for assessing global change risks to forest carbon stocks in the United States.

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    Woodall, Christopher W; Domke, Grant M; Riley, Karin L; Oswalt, Christopher M; Crocker, Susan J; Yohe, Gary W

    2013-01-01

    Among terrestrial environments, forests are not only the largest long-term sink of atmospheric carbon (C), but are also susceptible to global change themselves, with potential consequences including alterations of C cycles and potential C emission. To inform global change risk assessment of forest C across large spatial/temporal scales, this study constructed and evaluated a basic risk framework which combined the magnitude of C stocks and their associated probability of stock change in the context of global change across the US. For the purposes of this analysis, forest C was divided into five pools, two live (aboveground and belowground biomass) and three dead (dead wood, soil organic matter, and forest floor) with a risk framework parameterized using the US's national greenhouse gas inventory and associated forest inventory data across current and projected future Köppen-Geiger climate zones (A1F1 scenario). Results suggest that an initial forest C risk matrix may be constructed to focus attention on short- and long-term risks to forest C stocks (as opposed to implementation in decision making) using inventory-based estimates of total stocks and associated estimates of variability (i.e., coefficient of variation) among climate zones. The empirical parameterization of such a risk matrix highlighted numerous knowledge gaps: 1) robust measures of the likelihood of forest C stock change under climate change scenarios, 2) projections of forest C stocks given unforeseen socioeconomic conditions (i.e., land-use change), and 3) appropriate social responses to global change events for which there is no contemporary climate/disturbance analog (e.g., severe droughts in the Lake States). Coupling these current technical/social limits of developing a risk matrix to the biological processes of forest ecosystems (i.e., disturbance events and interaction among diverse forest C pools, potential positive feedbacks, and forest resiliency/recovery) suggests an operational forest C risk matrix remains elusive. PMID:24039889

  17. Fish stomach contents in benthic macroinvertebrate assemblage assessments.

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    Tupinambás, T H; Pompeu, P S; Gandini, C V; Hughes, R M; Callisto, M

    2015-01-01

    The choice of sampling gears to assess benthic macroinvertebrate communities depends on environmental characteristics, study objectives, and cost effectiveness. Because of the high foraging capacity and diverse habitats and behaviors of benthophagous fishes, their stomach contents may offer a useful sampling tool in studies of benthic macroinvertebrates, especially in large, deep, fast rivers that are difficult to sample with traditional sediment sampling gear. Our objective was to compare the benthic macroinvertebrate communities sampled from sediments with those sampled from fish stomachs. We collected benthic macroinvertebrates and fish from three different habitat types (backwater, beach, riffle) in the wet season, drying season, and dry season along a single reach of the Grande River (Paraná River Basin, southeast Brazil). We sampled sediments through use of a Petersen dredge (total of 216 grabs) and used gill nets to sample fish (total of 36 samples). We analyzed the stomach contents of three commonly occurring benthophagous fish species (Eigenmannia virescens, Iheringichthys labrosus, Leporinus amblyrhynchus). Chironomids dominated in both sampling methods. Macroinvertebrate taxonomic composition and abundances from fish stomachs differed from those from sediment samples, but less so from riffles than from backwater and beach habitats. Macroinvertebrate taxa from E. virescens stomachs were more strongly correlated with sediment samples from all three habitats than were those from the other two species. The species accumulation curves and higher mean dispersion values, compared with with sediment samples suggest that E. virescens is more efficient than sediment samples and the other fish studied at collecting benthic taxa. We conclude that by analyzing the stomach contents of benthophagous fishes it is possible to assess important characteristics of benthic communities (dispersion, taxonomic composition and diversity). This is especially true for studies that only sample fish assemblages to evaluate aquatic ecosystem impacts. Therefore, this approach can be useful to amplify assessments of human impacts, and to incorporate additional bioindicators. PMID:25945633

  18. Potential Conflict between Fishermen and Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis Populations by Fishermen in Response to Declining Stocks of Arowana Fish (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum in Northeastern Peru

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis populations are increasing in many parts of the Peruvian Amazon, and are coming into contact with people more regularly. Giant otters are piscivores and fishermen often see them as potential competitors for fish stocks. We report on giant otter - fisherman conflict on the River Yanayacu. During informal discussions, we found that fishermen considered the giant otter a competitor for fish, and one of their main concerns was for the fisheries of arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum. This fishery, for young arowanas for sale to the ornamental fish trade, is very important for the communities in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, and fishermen believe that stocks of this species are declining. Although arowana can be preyed upon by giant otter, smaller fish are preferred and there is no evidence for giant otters impacting on populations of this species. We identify a need for more research into giant otter populations, arowana populations, the exploitation of arowana, and the diet of giant otters in northeastern Peru, to support conservation initiatives aimed at changing the perception of giant otters as competitors for fish.

  19. Identification and phylogenetic inferences on stocks of sharks affected by the fishing industry off the Northern coast of Brazil

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    Luis Fernando da Silva Rodrigues-Filho

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The ongoing decline in abundance and diversity of shark stocks, primarily due to uncontrolled fishery exploitation, is a worldwide problem. An additional problem for the development of conservation and management programmes is the identification of species diversity within a given area, given the morphological similarities among shark species, and the typical disembarkation of processed carcasses which are almost impossible to differentiate. The main aim of the present study was to identify those shark species being exploited off northern Brazil, by using the 12S-16S molecular marker. For this, DNA sequences were obtained from 122 specimens collected on the docks and the fish market in Bragança, in the Brazilian state of Pará. We identified at least 11 species. Three-quarters of the specimens collected were either Carcharhinus porosus or Rhizoprionodon sp, while a notable absence was the daggernose shark, Isogomphodon oxyrhyncus, previously one of the most common species in local catches. The study emphasises the value of molecular techniques for the identification of cryptic shark species, and the potential of the 12S-16S marker as a tool for phylogenetic inferences in a study of elasmobranchs.

  20. Identification and phylogenetic inferences on stocks of sharks affected by the fishing industry off the Northern coast of Brazil

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    Luis Fernando da Silva, Rodrigues-Filho; Tainá Carreira da, Rocha; Péricles Sena do, Rêgo; Horacio, Schneider; Iracilda, Sampaio; Marcelo, Vallinoto.

    Full Text Available The ongoing decline in abundance and diversity of shark stocks, primarily due to uncontrolled fishery exploitation, is a worldwide problem. An additional problem for the development of conservation and management programmes is the identification of species diversity within a given area, given the mo [...] rphological similarities among shark species, and the typical disembarkation of processed carcasses which are almost impossible to differentiate. The main aim of the present study was to identify those shark species being exploited off northern Brazil, by using the 12S-16S molecular marker. For this, DNA sequences were obtained from 122 specimens collected on the docks and the fish market in Bragança, in the Brazilian state of Pará. We identified at least 11 species. Three-quarters of the specimens collected were either Carcharhinus porosus or Rhizoprionodon sp, while a notable absence was the daggernose shark, Isogomphodon oxyrhyncus, previously one of the most common species in local catches. The study emphasises the value of molecular techniques for the identification of cryptic shark species, and the potential of the 12S-16S marker as a tool for phylogenetic inferences in a study of elasmobranchs.

  1. Impact of hypoxia on consumption of Baltic cod in a multispecies stock assessment context

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    Teschner, E.C.; Kraus, G.

    2010-01-01

    The Baltic Sea is characterised by a heterogeneous oceanographic environment. The deep water layers forming the habitat of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua callarias L.) are subjected to frequently occurring pronounced anoxic conditions. Adverse oxygen conditions result in physiological stress for organisms living under these conditions. For cod e.g. a direct relationship between oxygen availability and food intake with a decreasing ingestion rate at hypoxia could be revealed. In the present study, the effects of oxygen deficiency on consumption rates were investigated and how these translate to stock size estimates in multi-species models. Based on results from laboratory experiments, a model was fitted to evacuation rates at different oxygen levels and integrated into the existing consumption model for Baltic cod. Individual mean oxygen corrected consumption rates were 0.1–10.9% lower than the uncorrected ones. At the currently low predator stock size, however, the effect of oxygen-reduced consumption on the total amount of eaten prey biomass and thus predation mortalities was only marginal. But should successful management lead to higher cod stock sizes in the future, then total predation mortalities will greatly increase and thus improved precision of these estimates would be valuable for the assessment of prey stocks.

  2. Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), Division of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) of the State of Hawaii Fish Stock Surveys from 41 sites on Oahu and Island of Hawaii from 1952-2000 (NODC Accession 0002754)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Data are from underwater visual surveys of fish stocks from 41 survey sites on the islands of Oahu and Hawaii, conducted by biologists and technicians of Hawaii's...

  3. Biphasic growth in fish II: empirical assessment.

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    Quince, Christopher; Shuter, Brian J; Abrams, Peter A; Lester, Nigel P

    2008-09-21

    In [Quince, et al., 2008. Biphasic growth in fish I: Theoretical foundations. J. Theor. Biol., doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2008.05.029], we developed a set of biphasic somatic growth models, where maturation is accompanied by a deceleration of growth due to allocation of energy to reproduction. Here, we use growth data from both hatchery-raised and wild populations of a large freshwater fish (lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush) to test these models. We show that a generic biphasic model provides a better fit to these data than the von Bertalanffy model. We show that the observed deceleration of somatic growth in females varies directly with gonad weight at spawning, with observed egg volumes roughly 50% of the egg volumes predicted under the unrealistic assumption of perfectly efficient energy transfer from somatic lipids to egg lipids. We develop a Bayesian procedure to jointly fit a biphasic model to observed growth and maturity data. We show that two variants of the generic biphasic model, both of which assume that annual allocation to reproduction is adjusted to maximise lifetime reproductive output, provide complementary fits to wild population data: maturation time and early adult growth are best described by a model with no constraints on annual reproductive investment, while the growth of older fish is best described by a model that is constrained so that the ratio of gonad size to somatic weight (g) is fixed. This behaviour is consistent with the additional observation that g increases with size and age among younger, smaller breeding females but reaches a plateau among older, larger females. We then fit both of these optimal models to growth and maturation data from nineteen wild populations to generate population-specific estimates of 'adapted mortality' rate: the adult mortality consistent with observed growth and maturation schedules, given that both schedules are adapted to maximise lifetime reproductive output. We show that these estimates are strongly correlated with independent estimates of the adult mortality experienced by these populations. PMID:18606422

  4. Kootenai River Resident Fish Assessment, FY2008 KTOI Progress Report.

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    Holderman, Charles

    2009-06-26

    The overarching goal of project 1994-049-00 is to recover a productive, healthy and biologically diverse Kootenai River ecosystem, with emphasis on native fish species rehabilitation. It is especially designed to aid the recovery of important fish stocks, i.e. white sturgeon, burbot, bull trout, kokanee and several other salmonids important to the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and regional sport-fisheries. The objectives of the project have been to address factors limiting key fish species within an ecosystem perspective. Major objectives include: establishment of a comprehensive and thorough biomonitoring program, investigate ecosystem--level in-river productivity, test the feasibility of a large-scale Kootenai River nutrient addition experiment (completed), to evaluate and rehabilitate key Kootenai River tributaries important to the health of the lower Kootenai River ecosystem, to provide funding for Canadian implementation of nutrient addition and monitoring in the Kootenai River ecosystem (Kootenay Lake) due to lost system productivity created by construction and operation of Libby Dam, mitigate the cost of monitoring nutrient additions in Arrow Lakes due to lost system productivity created by the Libby-Arrow water swap, provide written summaries of all research and activities of the project, and, hold a yearly workshop to convene with other agencies and institutions to discuss management, research, and monitoring strategies for this project and to provide a forum to coordinate and disseminate data with other projects involved in the Kootenai River basin.

  5. ASSESSMENT OF PLASTIC FLOWS AND STOCKS IN SERBIA USING MATERIAL FLOW ANALYSIS

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    Goran Vujić; Nebojša M Jovičić; Milun Babić; Nemanja S Stanisavljević; Bojan J Batinić; Aleksandar Pavlović

    2010-01-01

    Material flow analysis (MFA) was used to assess the amounts of plastic materials flows and stocks that are annually produced, consumed, imported, exported, collected, recycled, and disposed in the landfills in Serbia. The analysis revealed that approximatelly 269,000 tons of plastic materials are directly disposed in uncontrolled landfills in Serbia without any preatretment, and that siginificant amounts of these materials have already accumulated in the landfills. The substantial amounts of ...

  6. CLI technical commission. Additional safety assessments within the EDF nuclear stock

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    This slides presentation addresses additional safety assessments within the EDF nuclear stock. It describes the context and challenges of these assessments (institutional framework, European coherence, major objectives for EDF). It describes how EDF is organised to perform these assessments: a global project after Fukushima, assessments and tests which are beyond the existing safety referential, the three defence lines and their tests. It addresses the content of assessment reports for each topic (earthquake, flooding, loss of water, loss of electric supply, accident management). It indicates some improvements proposed after the first assessments. It describes the improvements concerning the Gravelines power plant. It recalls the assessment agenda, proposes a brief overview of events, comments the results of the third decennial visit of production unit no. 1 which comprised some proof test on the primary circuit, on the reactor vessel and on the reactor building

  7. Developing Cost-Effective Field Assessments of Carbon Stocks in Human-Modified Tropical Forests

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    Berenguer, Erika; Gardner, Toby A.; Ferreira, Joice; Aragão, Luiz E. O. C.; Camargo, Plínio B.; Cerri, Carlos E.; Durigan, Mariana; Oliveira Junior, Raimundo C.; Vieira, Ima C. G.; Barlow, Jos

    2015-01-01

    Across the tropics, there is a growing financial investment in activities that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, such as REDD+. However, most tropical countries lack on-the-ground capacity to conduct reliable and replicable assessments of forest carbon stocks, undermining their ability to secure long-term carbon finance for forest conservation programs. Clear guidance on how to reduce the monetary and time costs of field assessments of forest carbon can help tropical countries to overcome this capacity gap. Here we provide such guidance for cost-effective one-off field assessments of forest carbon stocks. We sampled a total of eight components from four different carbon pools (i.e. aboveground, dead wood, litter and soil) in 224 study plots distributed across two regions of eastern Amazon. For each component we estimated survey costs, contribution to total forest carbon stocks and sensitivity to disturbance. Sampling costs varied thirty-one-fold between the most expensive component, soil, and the least, leaf litter. Large live stems (?10 cm DBH), which represented only 15% of the overall sampling costs, was by far the most important component to be assessed, as it stores the largest amount of carbon and is highly sensitive to disturbance. If large stems are not taxonomically identified, costs can be reduced by a further 51%, while incurring an error in aboveground carbon estimates of only 5% in primary forests, but 31% in secondary forests. For rapid assessments, necessary to help prioritize locations for carbon- conservation activities, sampling of stems ?20cm DBH without taxonomic identification can predict with confidence (R2 = 0.85) whether an area is relatively carbon-rich or carbon-poor—an approach that is 74% cheaper than sampling and identifying all the stems ?10cm DBH. We use these results to evaluate the reliability of forest carbon stock estimates provided by the IPCC and FAO when applied to human-modified forests, and to highlight areas where cost savings in carbon stock assessments could be most easily made. PMID:26308074

  8. Developing Cost-Effective Field Assessments of Carbon Stocks in Human-Modified Tropical Forests.

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    Berenguer, Erika; Gardner, Toby A; Ferreira, Joice; Aragão, Luiz E O C; Camargo, Plínio B; Cerri, Carlos E; Durigan, Mariana; Oliveira Junior, Raimundo C; Vieira, Ima C G; Barlow, Jos

    2015-01-01

    Across the tropics, there is a growing financial investment in activities that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, such as REDD+. However, most tropical countries lack on-the-ground capacity to conduct reliable and replicable assessments of forest carbon stocks, undermining their ability to secure long-term carbon finance for forest conservation programs. Clear guidance on how to reduce the monetary and time costs of field assessments of forest carbon can help tropical countries to overcome this capacity gap. Here we provide such guidance for cost-effective one-off field assessments of forest carbon stocks. We sampled a total of eight components from four different carbon pools (i.e. aboveground, dead wood, litter and soil) in 224 study plots distributed across two regions of eastern Amazon. For each component we estimated survey costs, contribution to total forest carbon stocks and sensitivity to disturbance. Sampling costs varied thirty-one-fold between the most expensive component, soil, and the least, leaf litter. Large live stems (≥10 cm DBH), which represented only 15% of the overall sampling costs, was by far the most important component to be assessed, as it stores the largest amount of carbon and is highly sensitive to disturbance. If large stems are not taxonomically identified, costs can be reduced by a further 51%, while incurring an error in aboveground carbon estimates of only 5% in primary forests, but 31% in secondary forests. For rapid assessments, necessary to help prioritize locations for carbon- conservation activities, sampling of stems ≥20cm DBH without taxonomic identification can predict with confidence (R2 = 0.85) whether an area is relatively carbon-rich or carbon-poor-an approach that is 74% cheaper than sampling and identifying all the stems ≥10cm DBH. We use these results to evaluate the reliability of forest carbon stock estimates provided by the IPCC and FAO when applied to human-modified forests, and to highlight areas where cost savings in carbon stock assessments could be most easily made. PMID:26308074

  9. A cost-efficient method to assess carbon stocks in tropical peat soil

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Estimation of soil carbon stocks in tropical wetlands requires costly laboratory analyses and suitable facilities, which are often lacking in developing nations where most tropical wetlands are found. It is therefore beneficial to develop simple yet robust analytical tools to assess soil carbon stocks where financial and technical limitations are common. Here we use published and original data to describe soil carbon density (gC cm?3; Cd as a function of bulk density (g dry soil cm?3; Bd, which can be used to estimate belowground carbon storage using Bd measurements only. Predicted carbon densities and stocks are compared with those obtained from direct carbon analysis for ten peat swamp forest stands in three national parks of Indonesia. Analysis of soil carbon density and bulk density from the literature indicated a strong linear relationship (Cd = Bd × 0.49 + 4.61, R2 = 0.96, n = 94 for soils with an organic C content >40%. As organic C content decreases, the relationship between Cd and Bd becomes less predictable as soil texture becomes an important determinant of Cd. The equation predicted soil C stocks to within 0.39% to 7.20% of observed values. When original data were included in the analysis, the revised equation: Cd = Bd × 0.48 + 4.28, R2 = 0.96, n = 678 was well within the 95% confidence intervals of the original equation, and tended to decrease Cd estimates slightly. We recommend this last equation for a rapid estimation of soil C stocks for well developed peat soils where C content >40%.

  10. California Fish Passage Assessment Database [ds69

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    California Department of Resources — The Passage Assessment Database shapefile contains locations of known and potential barriers to salmonid migration in California streams with additional information...

  11. 78 FR 23284 - Marine Mammal Protection Act; Draft Revised Stock Assessment Reports for the Pacific Walrus and...

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    ...Draft Revised Stock Assessment Reports for the Pacific Walrus...gov/fisheries/mmm/reports.htm. In the past, the...citations to each technical report, scientific paper, and journal publication upon which...

  12. Evaluation of the performance and robustness of VPA-based stock assessment and MSY-based management strategy to process error: the Atlantic bluefin tuna case study

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    Fromentin, Jean-Marc; Kell, Laurence T

    2009-01-01

    An integrative simulation framework was built to evaluate the consequences of variability attributable to changes in carrying capacity or the stock’s migration pattern of Atlantic bluefin tuna on the ICCAT stock assessment and management procedures. We also evaluated the performances of stock assessment methods with respect to their ability to provide good estimates of MSY, FMSY and BMSY and tested the robustness of the current ICCAT management strategy to uncertainty about the true dynamics ...

  13. Effects of introduced fish on macroinvertebrate communities in historically fishless headwater and kettle lakes

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    Schilling, Emily Gaenzle; Loftin, Cynthia S.; Huryn, Alexander D.

    2009-01-01

    Widespread fish introductions have led to a worldwide decline in the number of fishless lakes and their associated communities. Studies assessing effects of fish stocking on native communities in historically fishless lakes have been limited to high-elevation headwater lakes stocked with non-native trout. Little is known about the effect of fish stocking in historically fishless and hydrologically isolated lowland kettle lakes. We compared the effects of introduced fish on macroinvertebrate communities in kettle lakes stocked with centrarchids, salmonids, and cyprinids, and headwater lakes stocked with brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Maine, USA. Fish had significant effects on macroinvertebrate community structure in both lake types, with reduced species richness and abundances of taxa characteristic of fishless lakes. The effects of introduced fish were more pronounced in headwater lakes despite a less diverse fish assemblage than in kettle lakes. We attribute this to abundant submerged vegetation providing refuge from fish predation and reduced stocking frequency in kettle lakes. We assessed effects of stocking duration on macroinvertebrates in a subset of headwater lakes with known dates of trout introduction. Species richness and abundance of most taxa declined within 3 years following trout introduction; however, richness and abundance were least in lakes with long stocking histories (?40 years). Macroinvertebrates previously identified as fishless bioindicators were absent from all stocked lakes, indicating that trout rapidly eliminate these sensitive taxa. Conservation of this historically undervalued ecosystem requires protecting remaining fishless lakes and recovering those that have been stocked.

  14. Combining satellite, aerial and ground measurements to assess forest carbon stocks in Democratic Republic of Congo

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    Beaumont, Benjamin; Bouvy, Alban; Stephenne, Nathalie; Mathoux, Pierre; Bastin, Jean-François; Baudot, Yves; Akkermans, Tom

    2015-04-01

    Monitoring tropical forest carbon stocks changes has been a rising topic in the recent years as a result of REDD+ mechanisms negotiations. Such monitoring will be mandatory for each project/country willing to benefit from these financial incentives in the future. Aerial and satellite remote sensing technologies offer cost advantages in implementing large scale forest inventories. Despite the recent progress made in the use of airborne LiDAR for carbon stocks estimation, no widely operational and cost effective method has yet been delivered for central Africa forest monitoring. Within the Maï Ndombe region of Democratic Republic of Congo, the EO4REDD project develops a method combining satellite, aerial and ground measurements. This combination is done in three steps: [1] mapping and quantifying forest cover changes using an object-based semi-automatic change detection (deforestation and forest degradation) methodology based on very high resolution satellite imagery (RapidEye), [2] developing an allometric linear model for above ground biomass measurements based on dendrometric parameters (tree crown areas and heights) extracted from airborne stereoscopic image pairs and calibrated using ground measurements of individual trees on a data set of 18 one hectare plots and [3] relating these two products to assess carbon stocks changes at a regional scale. Given the high accuracies obtained in [1] (> 80% for deforestation and 77% for forest degradation) and the suitable, but still to be improved with a larger calibrating sample, model (R² of 0.7) obtained in [2], EO4REDD products can be seen as a valid and replicable option for carbon stocks monitoring in tropical forests. Further improvements are planned to strengthen the cost effectiveness value and the REDD+ suitability in the second phase of EO4REDD. This second phase will include [A] specific model developments per forest type; [B] measurements of afforestation, reforestation and natural regeneration processes and [C] study of Sentinel satellite data series potential use.

  15. Carbon Stock Assessment Using Remote Sensing and Forest Inventory Data in Savannakhet, Lao PDR

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    Phutchard Vicharnakorn

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Savannakhet Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR, is a small area that is connected to Thailand, other areas of Lao PDR, and Vietnam via road No. 9. This province has been increasingly affected by carbon dioxide (CO2 emitted from the transport corridors that have been developed across the region. To determine the effect of the CO2 increases caused by deforestation and emissions, the total above-ground biomass (AGB and carbon stocks for different land-cover types were assessed. This study estimated the AGB and carbon stocks (t/ha of vegetation and soil using standard sampling techniques and allometric equations. Overall, 81 plots, each measuring 1600 m2, were established to represent samples from dry evergreen forest (DEF, mixed deciduous forest (MDF, dry dipterocarp forest (DDF, disturbed forest (DF, and paddy fields (PFi. In each plot, the diameter at breast height (DBH and height (H of the overstory trees were measured. Soil samples (composite n = 2 were collected at depths of 0–30 cm. Soil carbon was assessed using the soil depth, soil bulk density, and carbon content. Remote sensing (RS; Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM image was used for land-cover classification and development of the AGB estimation model. The relationships between the AGB and RS data (e.g., single TM band, various vegetation indices (VIs, and elevation were investigated using a multiple linear regression analysis. The results of the total carbon stock assessments from the ground data showed that the MDF site had the highest value, followed by the DEF, DDF, DF, and PFi sites. The RS data showed that the MDF site had the highest area coverage, followed by the DDF, PFi, DF, and DEF sites. The results indicated significant relationships between the AGB and RS data. The strongest correlation was found for the PFi site, followed by the MDF, DDF, DEF, and DF sites.

  16. ASSESSMENT OF PLASTIC FLOWS AND STOCKS IN SERBIA USING MATERIAL FLOW ANALYSIS

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    Goran Vujić

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Material flow analysis (MFA was used to assess the amounts of plastic materials flows and stocks that are annually produced, consumed, imported, exported, collected, recycled, and disposed in the landfills in Serbia. The analysis revealed that approximatelly 269,000 tons of plastic materials are directly disposed in uncontrolled landfills in Serbia without any preatretment, and that siginificant amounts of these materials have already accumulated in the landfills. The substantial amounts of landfilled plastics represent not only a loss of valuable recourses, but also pose a seriuos treath to the environment and human health, and if the trend of direct plastic landfilling is continued, Serbia will face with grave consecequnces.

  17. Response of diurnal and nocturnal coral reef fish to protection from fishing: an assessment using baited remote underwater video

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    Harvey, E. S.; Dorman, S. R.; Fitzpatrick, C.; Newman, S. J.; McLean, D. L.

    2012-12-01

    Diel variation is known to alter the composition and structure of reef fish assemblages. What is unknown is how nocturnal fish assemblages respond to closed fishery area management. Diurnal and nocturnal reef fish assemblages at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, were studied using baited remote underwater stereo-video systems (stereo-BRUVs). Surveys were conducted during the day and at night (using blue illumination) from three sites inside and three sites outside a closed fishery area (CFA). The relative abundance of 116 fish species from 41 families was recorded. Significant changes were observed in fish assemblage structure from day to night (driven by high dispersion at night) and in areas open versus closed to fishing (driven by increased abundance within the CFA). The effect of protection from fishing was consistent for both diurnal and nocturnal fish assemblages. Closer examination of six targeted fish species showed that their response to diel changes and the absence of fishing pressure varied from species to species. The targeted fishes Pagrus auratus and Glaucosoma hebraicum were sampled during the day and at night with both species responding positively to protection from fishing. Results suggest that the inclusion of diurnal and nocturnal fish assemblage data will provide an improved ability to assess the effectiveness of closed fishery area management.

  18. Revisiting Psychoacoustic Methods for the Assessment of Fish Hearing.

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    Bhandiwad, Ashwin A; Sisneros, Joseph A

    2016-01-01

    Behavioral methods have been critical in the study of auditory perception and discrimination in fishes. In this chapter, we review some of the common methods used in fish psychoacoustics. We discuss associative methods, such as operant, avoidance, and classical conditioning, and their use in constructing audiograms, measuring frequency selectivity, and auditory stream segregation. We also discuss the measurement of innate behavioral responses, such as the acoustic startle response (ASR), prepulse inhibition (PPI), and phonotaxis, and their use in the assessment of fish hearing to determine auditory thresholds and in the testing of mechanisms for sound source localization. For each psychoacoustic method, we provide examples of their use and discuss the parameters and situations where such methods can be best utilized. In the case of the ASR, we show how this method can be used to construct and compare audiograms between two species of larval fishes, the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) and the zebrafish (Danio rerio). We also discuss considerations for experimental design with respect to stimulus presentation and threshold criteria and how these techniques can be used in future studies to investigate auditory perception in fishes. PMID:26515314

  19. Assessment of Radiation and Heavy Metals Risk due to the Dietary Intake of Marine Fishes (Rastrelliger kanagurta) from the Straits of Malacca

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    Khandaker, M. U.; Asaduzzaman, Kh.; Nawi, S. M.; Usman, A. R.; Amin, Y. M.; Daar, E.; Bradley, D. A.; Ahmed, H,; Okhunov, A. A.

    2015-01-01

    The environment of the Straits of Malacca receives pollution as a result of various industrial and anthropogenic sources, making systematic studies crucial in determining the prevailing water quality. Present study concerns concentrations of natural radionuclides and heavy metals in marine fish (Rastrelliger kanagurta) collected from the Straits of Malacca, since aquatic stock form an important source of the daily diet of the surrouding populace. Assessment was made of the concentrations of k...

  20. Effect of Different Stocking Ratio of Pangasid Catfish (Pangasius hypophthalmus and Silver Carp (Hypophthalmicthys molitrix on Better Water Quality Maintenance in Cat Fish Farming

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    Zannatul Ferdoushiand Farhana Haque

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available An experiment was conducted in Bangladesh Agricultural University for a period of three and half months from 1st May to 15th August 2002 to observe the effects of different stocking ratio of pangasid catfish and silver carp on better water quality maintenance and impacts of using fence in cat fish farming. Four treatments each with three replicates were used. The fishes were stocked at the rate of 120 fishes/decimal. The stocking ratios were: 100% pangasid catfish in Treatment 1(T1, 0% pangasid catfish plus 50% silver carp in Treatment 2 (T2, 0% pangasid catfish plus 40% silver carp in Treatment 3 (T3 and 50% pangasid catfish plus 50% silver carp in Treatment 4 (T4. Bamboo made fence were used in treatments 2 and 3 to keep the pangasid catfish and silver carp separately along the breadth wise considering the density of each species. Treatment 4 was set without fence. During the period of study, significant differences were found in dissolved oxygen, N03-N and chlorophyll-a concentrations among different stocking ratios of pangasid catfish and silver carp. The highest concentration of P04-P and NO3-N were found in T1 (2.7 and 3.1 mg L-1, respectively followed by treatments T3, T2 and T4. This higher concentration of NO3-N and PO4-P enhanced the plankton biomass especially Cyanophyceae and Euglenophyceae in ponds of treatment 1 and identified dominant bloom forming cyanophytes were Microcystis and Gloeocapsa, which formed the heavy phytoplankton bloom throughout the culture period and deteriorated the water quality in pangasid catfish monoculture ponds (100% pangasid catfish. Whereas better water quality were found in composite culture. Among different stocking ratios, in composite culture 1:1 without fence (treatment 4 gave the best result in better water quality maintenances than 2:1 and 1:1 (with fence, treatment 3 and 2 ratios. In treatment 4 when the nutrients concentrations enhanced the phytoplankton production then silver carp grazed over phytoplankton throughout water body, which prevented the phytoplankton bloom formation during culture period and maintained a better environmental condition. Some algal bloom occurred in the portion of pangasid catfish in treatment 2 and treatment 3. It might be due to the grazing activity of silver carp over phytoplankton was restricted by the fence in those treatments. Considering the above facts composite culture of pangasid catfish and silver carp with 1:1 ratio and without fence may help in maintaining the good environmental condition of catfish farming through preventing the algal bloom.

  1. Assessment of fish freshness with an electronic nose

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    D.F, Rodríguez; S, Reich; P, Alonso; M, Szudruk; C, Arrieta; H, Lacomi; C, Gillari; A, Boselli; A, Lamagna.

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se analiza el desempeño de un prototipo de nariz electrónica, desarrollado en nuestros laboratorios para detectar el grado de conservación de la carne de pescado. El presente estudio es parte de un proyecto en marcha para crear protocolos para el control de calidad en el sector pesqu [...] ero argentino, una creciente demanda debido a razones de exportación y a nuevas regulaciones locales de control vigentes. La calidad de la carne de pescado es un concepto complejo que incluye información y control de todas las etapas, desde la zona de pesca hasta su consumo final. En este trabajo tomamos sólo un aspecto, el deterioro de la calidad de carne de filetes crudos debido a fallas en el almacenamiento refrigerado. Abstract in english In this work the performance of a prototype of electronic nose, developed in our laboratories, to assess fish freshness is analized. The present study is part of an ongoing project to perform quality assurance protocols for the Argentine fish sector, an increasing demand due to export reasons and ne [...] w national food control regulations. Fish quality is a complex concept involving a whole range of factors, freshness being one of the most important. The complete quality assessment of fish meat includes information and control of all the steps, from catching area to final consumption. In this work we address one aspect, quality deterioration of "raw fillets" due to frozen storage defects.

  2. Impact assessment and remediation of anthropogenic interventions on fish populations (FISHGUARD)

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    De Boeck, G.; Blust, R.; Charleroy, D., de; Verbiest, H; Volckaert, F.; Baret, P.; Philippart, J.-C.

    2010-01-01

    The disruption of longitudinal river connectivity by man-made obstacles and the stocking of fish communities with non-indigenous species or genotypes threaten the fish fauna of Belgian rivers to various extents. Obstacles impede migrations between habitats that are vital for populations, and they may restrict the gene flow between populations, thereby reducing the effective size and genetic diversity of populations and increasing the risk of local extinction. Restocking program...

  3. Impact assessment and remediation of anthropogenic interventions on fish populations - (FISHGUARD)

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    DeBoeck, Gudrun; Blust, Ronny; Todorache, Christian; Baret, Philippe; Cornille, Isabelle; Buysse, David; Coeck, Johan; Belpaire, Claude; Geeraerts, Caroline; Verbiest, Hilde; Mostaert, Frank; Viaene, Peter; Vereecken, Hans; Ovidio, Michaël; Jean-Claude PHILIPPART

    2006-01-01

    The disruption of longitudinal river connectivity by man-made obstacles and the stocking of fish communities with non-indigenous species or genotypes threaten the fish fauna of Belgian rivers to various extents. Obstacles impede migrations between habitats that are vital for populations, and they may restrict the gene flow between populations, thereby reducing the effective size and genetic diversity of populations and increasing the risk of local extinction. Restocking program...

  4. Acoustics as a tool for the assessment of Great Lakes forage fishes

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    Argyle, Ray L.

    1992-01-01

    Sharp reductions in forage fish populations in Lake Michigan have raised concerns about the continued ability of the forage stocks to support large populations of lake trout and other salmonid predators. There was a need for a more comprehensive and accurate estimate of forage fish abundance and distribution to evaluate these concerns. In response, cooperative diel surveys of the Lake Michigan forage species were conducted in late summer 1987 and spring 1989 with acoustics, midwater and bottom trawls.

  5. Risk assessment in stock calf transportation from France to Italy: the contribution of road inspections

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    Cesare Zanasi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to assess the risk associated with the transport of stock calves imported from France to Italy, information obtained from inspections carried out in Piedmont by competent authorities between 2001 and 2010 was considered. The inspections concerned 246 trucks transporting a total of 13,857 fattening calves. Based on the types of infringements recorded, several hazards related to animal welfare, such as overcrowding, tying by the horns and inappropriate mixing, were identified and characterized. The inspection of vehicles revealed hazards concerning partitions, bedding, decks, lighting, drinking and mechanical ventilation systems. A calculation was made of the incidence of these infringements and the consequent exposure of calves to such hazards and risk characterization was performed. The ranking shows overcrowding and the absence of partitions to be major risks in stock calf transportation from France to Italy. A logistic regression was adopted to evaluate the effect on the exposure to hazards of the only two variables recordable during the inspections: number of calves inside each vehicle and distance of the journey. The results showed a direct relationship between the number of calves per vehicle and exposure to overcrowding or to absence of partitions. The journey distance was found weakly and inversely related to exposure to the absence of partitions. The information obtained from the inspections provides not only a basis for evaluating the welfare of calves during transport but also an objective contribution to the assessment of the risks tied to their transportation.

  6. DISPLACE: a dynamic, individual-based model for spatial fishing planning and effort displacement: Integrating underlying fish population models

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    Bastardie, Francois; Nielsen, J. Rasmus

    We previously developed a spatially explicit, individual-based model (IBM) evaluating the bio-economic efficiency of fishing vessel movements between regions according to the catching and targeting of different species based on the most recent high resolution spatial fishery data. The main purpose was to test the effects of alternative fishing effort allocation scenarios related to fuel consumption, energy efficiency (value per litre of fuel), sustainable fish stock harvesting, and profitability of the fisheries. The assumption here was constant underlying resource availability. Now, an advanced version couples the vessel model to selected size-based population models and considers the underlying resource dynamics in the distribution and density patterns of the targeted stocks for the cases of Danish and German vessels harvesting the North Sea and Baltic fish stocks. The stochastic fishing process includes direct and local depletion by stock that is specific to the vessel catching power, which is proportionalto the encountered size-based population on the visited ground and is based on stock assessment and research survey data. The impact of the potential fishing effort displacement by vessels on the fish stocks, with resulting fishing mortality, and the vessels’ economic consequences are evaluated on high spatial and seasonal disaggregation levels by simulating different individual choices of vessel speed, fishing grounds and ports. All tested scenarios led to increased overall energy efficiency, except for the fishing closures that increased fuel consumption and costs for most of the vessels due to increased travel distance. On an individual scale, the simulations led to gains and losses due to either the technical interactions between vessels exploiting the same stocks or to the alteration of individual fishing patterns. We demonstrate that integrating the spatial activity of vessels and local fish stock abundance dynamics allow for interactions and more realistic predictions of fishermen behaviour, revenues and stock abundance

  7. Spatial analysis for assessing soil organic carbon stocks in southern Spain

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    Muñoz Rojas, M.; A. Jordán; Martínez Zavala, L.; De la Rosa, Diego; Abd-Elmabod, S.K.; Anaya Romero, María

    2012-01-01

    The objectives of the present study were to estimate current soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks for each land use and soil type, studying relationships between SOC stocks and selected environmental variables (elevation, temperature and precipitation).

  8. Application of system dynamics for assessment of changes of the level of stock after introduction of ERP systems

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    Lebedeva Lyudmyla M.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Application of information management system is an important element of ensuring business effectiveness for any modern enterprise. However, the permanent growth of the cost of such systems requires application of new approaches to assessment of influence of complex information systems upon the level of stock. The article describes a structure of the model and specifically those elements that allow assessment of reduction of delays connected with automation. It offers to assess a change of the stock level with the use of methods of system dynamics. The results are based on imitation experiments of the stock level in the production and sales system with the use of the AnyLogic software system.

  9. Diet of stocked and wild trout, Salmo trutta: Is there competition for resources?

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    Teixeira, Amílcar; Cortes, R.

    2006-01-01

    Stocked and native trout diet was assessed in two north-eastern Portugal headstreams during the summer season of three successive years (2000 to 2002). Significant differences were detected in the diet composition between stocked (age 1+) trout and distinct size-class of native trout. Stocked fish showed preference, almost exclusively, for food items captured near the surface (primarily terrestrial adult insects), emergent pupae and subimagos. In contrast, young-of-year (YOY) native trout fed...

  10. Loss of genetic variability at the transferrin locus in five hatchery stocks of tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum)

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    Calcagnotto Daniela; Toledo-Filho Silvio de Almeida

    2000-01-01

    Knowledge and conservation of the genetic variability in stocks maintained as live gene banks have become a high priority task for Brazilian fish culture. The aim of the present survey was to assess the transferrin allelic diversity of five hatchery stocks of tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum). The tambaqui stock from Pentecoste, the oldest maintained in Brazilian hatchery stations, retained three of the six alleles detected in wild populations of tambaqui from the Amazon River. Other hatchery s...

  11. CONTRIBUTION OF TROUT YOLK-SAC FRY (SALMO TRUTTA L. ORIGINATING FROM WILD STOCK TO FISHING IN THE MOSELOTTE RIVER, FRANCE

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    GERDEAUX D.

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available The Moselotte River has been severely affected by human activity and in some of its stretches this has impaired reproduction of trout, which has added to an adverse effect on the trout population arising from a high fishing pressure by local anglers. To offset this problem, the local anglers annually release about 50,000 yolk-sac fry that have been derived from wild native breeding stock. It was possible to monitor the fry released in 1999 and 2000 using a method of mass marking by immersion in a fluoromarking agent (Alizarin Red S. The trout enter the fishery at 3 years and about 90% of the trout caught are three or four years old. Fish that had been released represented 25.5% and 36.7% of the catches respectively in 2002 and 2003, two percentages that do not differ significantly. This proportion varied according to the location in the river. The age structure of the marked fish that were caught was similar to that of fish hatched in the wild.

  12. A spatial model approach for assessing windbreak growth and carbon stocks.

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    Hou, Qingjiang; Young, Linda J; Brandle, James R; Schoeneberger, Michele M

    2011-01-01

    Agroforestry, the deliberate integration of trees into agricultural operations, sequesters carbon (C) while providing valuable services on agricultural lands. However, methods to quantify present and projected C stocks in these open-grown woody systems are limited. As an initial step to address C accounting in agroforestry systems, a spatial Markov random field model for predicting the natural logarithm (log) of the mean aboveground volume of green ash ( Marsh.) within a shelterbelt, referred to as the log of aboveground volume, was developed using data from an earlier study and web-available soil and climate information. Windbreak characteristics, site, and climate variables were used to model the large-scale trend of the log of aboveground volume. The residuals from this initial model were correlated among sites up to 24 km from a point of interest. Therefore, a spatial dependence parameter was used to incorporate information from sites within 24 km into the prediction of the log of the aboveground volume. Age is an important windbreak characteristic in the model. Thus, the log of aboveground volume can be predicted for a given windbreak age and for values of other explanatory variables associated with a site of interest. Such predictions can be exponentiated to obtain predictions of aboveground volume for windbreaks without repeated inventory. With the capability of quantifying uncertainty, the model has the potential for large regional planning efforts and C stock assessments for many deciduous tree species used in windbreaks and riparian buffers once it is calibrated. PMID:21546670

  13. Assessment of the pelagic fish populations using CEN multi-mesh gillnets: consequences for the characterization of the fish communities

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    C. Deceliere-Vergès

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The contribution of CEN standard pelagic nets to the assessment of fish communities is tested by comparing three metrics (species composition, species abundance, and size structures measured in accordance with the standard (i.e. using benthic nets only to those calculated from the total effort (i.e. including pelagic nets. Hydroacoustic surveys were used simultaneously to assess fish densities in the pelagic habitat. The results show that in most cases the pelagic nets did not provide any extra information about these three metrics. However, their inclusion in the calculation of CPUE and size structures may affect the picture of the fish communities, especially in lakes containing salmonid populations. This study highlights the need to sample pelagic fish when assessing fish communities in order to determine lake quality.

  14. Assessment of the pelagic fish populations using CEN multi-mesh gillnets: consequences for the characterization of the fish communities

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    Deceliere-Vergès C.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The contribution of CEN standard pelagic nets to the assessment of fish communities is tested by comparing three metrics (species composition, species abundance, and size structures measured in accordance with the standard (i.e. using benthic nets only to those calculated from the total effort (i.e. including pelagic nets. Hydroacoustic surveys were used simultaneously to assess fish densities in the pelagic habitat. The results show that in most cases the pelagic nets did not provide any extra information about these three metrics. However, their inclusion in the calculation of CPUE and size structures may affect the picture of the fish communities, especially in lakes containing salmonid populations. This study highlights the need to sample pelagic fish when assessing fish communities in order to determine lake quality.

  15. Fish Passage Assessment: Big Canyon Creek Watershed, Technical Report 2004.

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    Christian, Richard

    2004-02-01

    This report presents the results of the fish passage assessment as outlined as part of the Protect and Restore the Big Canyon Creek Watershed project as detailed in the CY2003 Statement of Work (SOW). As part of the Northwest Power Planning Council's Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (FWP), this project is one of Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) many efforts at off-site mitigation for damage to salmon and steelhead runs, their migration, and wildlife habitat caused by the construction and operation of federal hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries. The proposed restoration activities within the Big Canyon Creek watershed follow the watershed restoration approach mandated by the Fisheries and Watershed Program. Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries/Watershed Program vision focuses on protecting, restoring, and enhancing watersheds and treaty resources within the ceded territory of the Nez Perce Tribe under the Treaty of 1855 with the United States Federal Government. The program uses a holistic approach, which encompasses entire watersheds, ridge top to ridge top, emphasizing all cultural aspects. We strive toward maximizing historic ecosystem productive health, for the restoration of anadromous and resident fish populations. The Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries/Watershed Program (NPTFWP) sponsors the Protect and Restore the Big Canyon Creek Watershed project. The NPTFWP has the authority to allocate funds under the provisions set forth in their contract with BPA. In the state of Idaho vast numbers of relatively small obstructions, such as road culverts, block thousands of miles of habitat suitable for a variety of fish species. To date, most agencies and land managers have not had sufficient, quantifiable data to adequately address these barrier sites. The ultimate objective of this comprehensive inventory and assessment was to identify all barrier crossings within the watershed. The barriers were then prioritized according to the amount of habitat blocked at each site and the fish life history stages impacted. This assessment protocol will hopefully prove useful to other agencies and become a model for use in other watersheds.

  16. Goodness of fit assessment for a fractal model of stock markets

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    An assessment of the goodness of fit of a new stochastic model of stock dynamics is investigated. The model is the multifractional Brownian motion (mBm), introduced independently by Péltier and Lévy Véhel (1995) [2] and Benassi (1997) [3]. The analysis concerns the (un)conditional distributions of log-variations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). By comparing the performance of mBm with respect to a Garch (1,1), we argue that the former captures the distributional features as well as the pathwise empirical ones displayed by the U.S. Dow Jones index, while the Garch (1,1) works better in global terms

  17. Environmental Assessment Pondicherry Division Silvio O. National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — In the September 2, 2003, Environmental Assessment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Service considered the environmental effects of acquiring 4,004 acres 1 in...

  18. Water Resource Inventory and Assessment (WRIA): Erwin National Fish Hatchery, Unicoi County, Tennessee

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The Water Resource Inventory and Assessment WRIA for Erwin National Fish Hatchery NFH summarizes available and relevant information for hatchery water resources and...

  19. Probabilistic ecorisk assessment for fish, mammals, and birds at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The primary objective of this study was to conduct a probabilistic ecological risk assessment for birds and evaluate risk to fish and mammals that may be exposed to...

  20. Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge : Environmental Action Statement, Environmental Assessment, Interim Hunting and Fishing Plan : 2004

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This document contains the Environmental Action Statement, Environmental Assessment, and Interim Hunting and Fishing Plan for Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge from...

  1. Fish habitat simulation models and integrated assessment tools

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    Because of human development water use increases in importance, and this worldwide trend is leading to an increasing number of user conflicts with a strong need for assessment tools to measure the impacts both on the ecosystem and the different users and user groups. The quantitative tools must allow a comparison of alternatives, different user groups, etc., and the tools must be integrated while impact assessments includes different disciplines. Fish species, especially young ones, are indicators of the environmental state of a riverine system and monitoring them is a way to follow environmental changes. The direct and indirect impacts on the ecosystem itself are measured, and impacts on user groups is not included. Fish habitat simulation models are concentrated on, and methods and examples are considered from Norway. Some ideas on integrated modelling tools for impact assessment studies are included. One dimensional hydraulic models are rapidly calibrated and do not require any expert knowledge in hydraulics. Two and three dimensional models require a bit more skilled users, especially if the topography is very heterogeneous. The advantages of using two and three dimensional models include: they do not need any calibration, just validation; they are predictive; and they can be more cost effective than traditional habitat hydraulic models when combined with modern data acquisition systems and tailored in a multi-disciplinary study. Suitable modelling model choice should be based on available data and possible data acquisition, available manpower, computer, and software resources, and needed output and accuracy in the output. 58 refs

  2. 76 FR 61092 - Stock Assessment Reports for Dusky, Sandbar, and Blacknose Sharks in the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf...

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    2011-10-03

    ... cooperative process initiated in 2002 to improve the quality and reliability of fishery stock assessments in... and webinars. The first Data Workshop was held in Charleston, SC, June 21-25, 2010 (May 4, 2010, 75 FR... conducted via a series of webinars between September 2010 and January 2011 (August 26, 2010, 75 FR...

  3. Improving the assessment and management of the plaice stock complex between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

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    Ulrich, Clara; Boje, Jesper; Cardinale, Massimiliano; Gatti, Paul; le Bras, Quentin; Andersen, Michael; Hansen, Jakob Hemmer; Hintzen, Niels T.; Jacobsen, Jonathan B.; Jonsson, Patrik; Miller, David C.M.; Eg Nielsen, Einar; Rijnsdorp, Adriaan; Svedäng, Henrik; Wennhage, Håkan

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    stock unit and is proposed to be assessed and managed as such. Pragmatic options are suggested for empirical harvest control rules accounting for the dynamic of local abundance, using a survey‐based biomass indicator. For the future, new scientific analyses should be developed to better inform the...

  4. Stock assessment of Haliporoides triarthrus (Fam. Solenoceridae) off Mozambique: a preliminary analysis

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    Torstensen, E.; Pacule, H.

    1992-01-01

    The pink shrimp, Haliporoides triarthrus, is an important species in the deep-water shrimp fishery in Mozambique. Total catches are in the range of 1,500 to 2,700 tons, with the pink shrimp accounting for 70-90%. Estimates of growth parameters and of natural mortality are used for a preliminary assessment of the fishery, based on length-structured virtual population analysis and yield-per-recruit analyses. With an arbitrarily chosen terminal fishing mortality F, the results indicate a situati...

  5. An assessment of the cod stock in NAFO Division 3M

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    Vázquez, Antonio; Cerviño, Santiago

    2002-01-01

    The cod stock on Flemish Cap, NAFO Division 3M, remains collapsed. The situation was originally attributed to the severe overfishing of last abundant year-classes, but the recruitment failed since 1995 and the stock did not recovered. Commercial catches are insignificant and two surveys in the area in 2001 did not observed good recruitment. The situation remains steady at a very low level, and it is unlikely a recovery of the stock in a short o medium term

  6. New Archaeozoological Data from the Fayum “Neolithic” with a Critical Assessment of the Evidence for Early Stock Keeping in Egypt

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    Linseele, Veerle; Van Neer, Wim; Thys, Sofie; Phillipps, Rebecca; Cappers, René; Wendrich, Willeke; Holdaway, Simon

    2014-01-01

    Faunal evidence from the Fayum Neolithic is often cited in the framework of early stock keeping in Egypt. However, the data suffer from a number of problems. In the present paper, large faunal datasets from new excavations at Kom K and Kom W (4850–4250 BC) are presented. They clearly show that, despite the presence of domesticates, fish predominate in the animal bone assemblages. In this sense, there is continuity with the earlier Holocene occupation from the Fayum, starting ca. 7350 BC. Dome...

  7. Comprehensive fish health assessment and parasitological investigation of alien and indigenous fishes from the Amatola region, South Africa / Kyle Joseph McHugh

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    McHugh, Kyle Joseph

    2015-01-01

    The conservation of biodiversity and endemism in South Africa’s freshwater aquatic ecosystems is a high priority, particularly in the Cape Floristic Region. However, the perception that South Africa lacks suitable fish species for recreational angling, aquaculture and biological control, led to the widespread introduction and use of alien fish species. As a result, formal stocking programs have seen the introduction of five of the world’s top 100 invasive species into South Africa (Dudgeon et...

  8. Species diversity, biomass, and carbon stock assessments of a natural mangrove forest in palawan, philippines

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    Philippines claims international recognition for its mangrove-rich ecosystem which play significant functions from the viewpoint of ecosystem services and climate change mitigation. In this study, we assessed the species diversity of the natural mangrove forest of Bahile, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and evaluated its potential to sequester and store carbon. Sixteen plots with a size of 10 m * 10 m were established using quadrat sampling technique to identify, record, and measure the trees. Diversity index and allometric equations were utilized to determine species diversity, and biomass and carbon stocks. Sediment samples in undisturbed portions using a 30 cm high and 5 cm diameter corer were collected in all plots to determine near-surface sediment carbon. The diversity index (H = 0.9918) was very low having a total of five true mangrove species identified dominated by Rhizophora apiculata Bl. with an importance value index of 148.1%. Among the stands, 74% of the total biomass was attributed to the above-ground (561.2 t ha-1) while 26% was credited to the roots (196.5 t ha-1). The total carbon sequestered and stored in the above-ground and root biomass were 263.8 t C ha-1 (50%) and 92.3 t C ha-1 (17%), respectively. Sediments contained 33% (173.75 t C ha-1) of the mangrove C-stocks. Stored carbon was equivalent to 1944.5 t CO/sub 2/ ha-1. These values suggest that Bahile natural mangrove forest has a potential to sequester and store substantial amounts of atmospheric carbon, hence the need for sustainable management and protection of this important coastal ecosystem. (author)

  9. The spectre of uncertainty in management of exploited fish stocks: The illustrative case of Atlantic bluefin tuna

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    Fromentin, Jean-Marc; Bonhommeau, Sylvain; Arrizabalaga, Haritz; Kell, Laurence T

    2014-01-01

    The recent overexploitation of East Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna stock has been well documented in the media where it has become the archetype of overfishing and general mis-management. Beyond the public debate, the crisis also highlighted how the interactions between science and management can change through time according to the awareness of the public opinion. To reflect these issues, the history of Atlantic bluefin tuna overfishing is first described. Then, the major uncertaint...

  10. Stock assessment of the red spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) caught in the tropical southwestern Atlantic / Evaluación del stock de la langosta roja (Panulirus argus) en la zona tropical del Atlántico sudoccidental

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    Humber A, Andrade.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Los stocks de la langosta roja (Panulirus argus) (Latreille, 1804) en el Caribe y en la costa de Brasil son de considerable importancia económica. Hay importantes diferencias genéticas entre las poblaciones del Brasil y del Caribe, que sustentan la evaluación de stocks separados. El presente estudio [...] proporciona una evaluación de la población brasileña de P. argus utilizando un modelo dinámico de biomasa sobre la base de un enfoque bayesiano. Suponiendo que la captura por unidad de esfuerzo es un índice válido de abundancia relativa, los resultados del análisis indican que las poblaciones han sido fuertemente sobreexplotadas desde 1980. El escenario actual es pesimista, y hay evidencia de que la población puede estar al borde del colapso. Abstract in english The stocks of the red spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) (Latreille, 1804) in the Caribbean and in the Brazilian coast are of considerable economic importance. There are important genetic differences between the Brazilian and Caribbean populations, which support separated stock assessment. The present [...] study provides an assessment of the Brazilian stock of P. argus using a biomass dynamic model based on a Bayesian approach. Assuming that the catch per unit effort is a valid index of relative abundance, the results of the analysis indicate that stocks have been heavily overexploited since the 1980s. The present-day scenario is pessimistic, and there is evidence that the stock may be close to collapse.

  11. Estimation of time-varying selectivity in stock assessments using state-space models

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    Nielsen, Anders; Berg, Casper Willestofte

    2014-01-01

    Time-varying selectivity is one of the main challenges in single species age-based assessment models. In classical deterministic VPA-type models the fishing mortality rates are unfiltered representations of the observed catches. As a consequence the selectivity becomes time-varying, but this representation is too fluctuating, because it includes the observation noise. In parametric statistical catch at age models a common assumption is that the selectivity is constant in all years, although time-varying selectivity can be introduced by splitting the data period in blocks with different selectivities, or by using smoothing splines and penalized time-deviances. However, these methods require subjective choices w.r.t. the degree of time-varying allowed. A simple state-space assessment model is presented as an alternative, which among other benefits offers an objective way of estimating time-varying selectivity pattern. The fishing mortality rates are considered (possibly correlated) stochastic processes, and thecorresponding process variances are estimated within the model. The model is applied to North Sea cod and it is verified from simulations that time-varying selectivity can be estimated

  12. Loss of genetic variability at the transferrin locus in five hatchery stocks of tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum

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    Calcagnotto Daniela

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Knowledge and conservation of the genetic variability in stocks maintained as live gene banks have become a high priority task for Brazilian fish culture. The aim of the present survey was to assess the transferrin allelic diversity of five hatchery stocks of tambaqui (Colossoma macropomum. The tambaqui stock from Pentecoste, the oldest maintained in Brazilian hatchery stations, retained three of the six alleles detected in wild populations of tambaqui from the Amazon River. Other hatchery stocks, directly or indirectly derived from the Pentecoste stock, did not show transferrin allelic variability. Insufficient number of founders and genetic drift due to sampling errors seem to be the main causes leading to loss of genetic diversity in tambaqui hatchery stocks. Appropriate management strategies are required in order to improve the genetic potential of tambaqui stocks in Brazil.

  13. Genetic assessment of ornamental fish species from North East India.

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    Dhar, Bishal; Ghosh, Sankar Kumar

    2015-01-25

    Ornamental fishes are traded with multiple names from various parts around the world, including North East India. Most are collected from the wild, due to lack of species-specific culture or breeding, and therefore, such unmanaged collection of the wild and endemic species could lead to severe threats to biodiversity. Despite many regulatory policies, trade of threatened species, including the IUCN listed species have been largely uncontrolled, due to species identification problems arising from the utilization of multiple trade names. So, the development of species-specific DNA marker is indispensable where DNA Barcoding is proved to be helpful in species identification. Here, we investigated, through DNA Barcoding and morphological assessment, the identification of 128 ornamental fish specimens exported from NE India from different exporters. The generated sequences were subjected to similarity match in BOLD-IDS as well as BLASTN, and analysed using MEGA5.2 for species identification through Neighbour-Joining (NJ) clustering, and K2P distance based approach. The analysis revealed straightforward identification of 84 specimens into 35 species, while 44 specimens were difficult to distinguish based on CO1 barcode alone. However, these cases were resolved through morphology, NJ and distanced based method and found to be belonging to 16 species. Among the 51 identified species, 14 species represented multiple trade names; 17 species belonged to threatened category. Species-level identification through DNA Barcoding along with traditional morphotaxonomy reflects its efficacy in regulating ornamental fish trade and therefore, appeals for their conservation in nature. The use of trade names rather than the zoological name created the passage for trafficking of the threatened species and demands immediate attention for sustaining wildlife conservation. PMID:25447914

  14. Greenland Halibut in Upernavik: a preliminary study of the importance of the stock for the fishing populace

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    Delaney, Alyne E.; Becker Jakobsen, Rikke; Hendriksen, KÃ¥re

    This report presents research undertaken with the belief that a need exists for better understanding of the social and cultural importance of the Greenland Halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) fishery to Greenlanders. It was decided the research would focus on one of three coastal Greenland...... Halibut fishery districts: Upernavik. Upernavik was chosen mgiven the critical importance of Greenland halibut for local fishers and area residents. The best method for presenting a combination of social and fishery data takes the form of a fishery profile. Additionally, given that the government of...... economy. Fishing often provides the cash needed for materials needed for work (hunting and fishing equipment such as bullets, nets, snowmobiles, etc.) and daily living (housing, transport, television, food, etc). Fishing also supports the important local cultural practice of meeting social obligations and...

  15. Assessment of Habitat, Fish Communities, and Streamflow Requirements for Habitat Protection, Ipswich River, Massachusetts, 1998-99

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    Armstrong, David S.; Richards, Todd A.; Parker, Gene W.

    2001-01-01

    The relations among stream habitat, fish communities, and hydrologic conditions were investigated in the Ipswich River Basin in northeastern Massachusetts. Data were assessed from 27 sites on the mainstem of the Ipswich River from July to September 1998 and from 10 sites on 5 major tributaries in July and August 1999. Habitat assessments made in 1998 determined that in a year with sustained streamflow for most of the summer, the Ipswich River contains diverse, high-quality aquatic habitat. Channel types are predominantly low gradient glides, pools, and impoundments, with a sandy streambed and a forest or shrub riparian zone. Features that provide fish habitat are located mostly along stream margins; these features include overhanging brush, undercut banks, exposed roots, and woody debris. These habitat features decrease in availability to aquatic communities with declining streamflows and generally become unavailable after streamflows drop to the point where the edge of water recedes from the stream banks.The mainstem and tributaries were sampled to determine fish species composition, relative abundance, and length frequency. Fish sampling indicates that the fish community in the Ipswich River is currently a warm-water fish community dominated by pond-type fish. However, historical temperature data, and survival of stocked trout in the mainstem Ipswich into late summer of 1998, indicate that the Ipswich River potentially could support cold-water fish species if adequate flows are maintained. Dominant fish species sampled in the mainstem Ipswich River were redfin pickerel (Esox americanus), American eel (Anguilla rostrata), and pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus), which together represented 41, 22, and 10 percent, respectively, of 4,745 fish sampled. The fish communities of the mainstem and tributaries contained few fluvial-dependent or fluvial-specialist species (requiring flow), and were dominated by macrohabitat generalists (tolerant of low-flow, warm-water, and ponded conditions). In comparison to a nearby river (Lamprey River, N.H.), and a reference fish community developed for inland New England streams, the Ipswich fish community would be expected to have appreciably higher percentages of fluvial-dependent and fluvial-specialist species were streamflows restored.Four riffle sites on the mainstem of the Ipswich River were identified as critical habitat areas because they are among the first sites to exhibit fish-passage problems or to dry during low flows. A watershed-scale precipitation-runoff model previously developed for the Ipswich River was used to simulate streamflows at these four sites for the period 1961-95 under no withdrawals (for water supply) and 1991 land use to evaluate habitat suitability under conditions that approximate the natural flow conditions. These simulated flows were used to calculate streamflow requirements by the Tennant and New England Aquatic-Base-Flow methods. Stream channels were surveyed at the critical riffle sites, and Water Surface Profile models were used to simulate streamflows and hydraulic characteristics needed for determining streamflow requirements by use of the Wetted-Perimeter and R2Cross methods. Normalized by drainage area to units of cubic feet per second per square mile, these methods yielded the following streamflow requirements: 0.50 cubic feet per second per square mile for the Tennant 30-percent QMA method, 0.42 cubic feet per second per square mile for the wetted-perimeter value necessary to maintain wetted perimeter at three altered riffle sites, 0.42 cubic feet per second per square mile for the R2Cross value required to maintain R2Cross hydraulic criteria at a natural riffle site, and 0.34 cubic feet per second per square mile for the aquatic-base-flow median of monthly mean flows for August for the simulated 1961-95 period under no withdrawals and 1991 land use. The mean streamflow requirement determined from these four methods is 0.42 cubic feet per second per square

  16. Fish Creek Federally Endangered Freshwater Mussel Impact Assessment

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Sediment toxicity was evaluated for one site upstream and three sites downstream of a diesel fuel spill that occurred in Fish Creek OH and IN in September 1993...

  17. Admixture analysis and stocking impact assessment in brown trout ( Salmo trutta ), estimated with incomplete baseline data

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    Hansen, Michael Møller; Eg Nielsen, Einar; Bekkevold, Dorte; Mensberg, Karen-Lise Dons

    2001-01-01

    proportions by the mean of individual admixture coefficients. This method proved more informative than a multidimensional scaling analysis of individual-based genetic distances and assignment tests. The results showed almost complete absence of stocked, domesticated trout in samples of trout from the rivers....... Consequently, stocking had little effect on improving fisheries. In one population, the genetic contribution by domesticated trout was small, whereas in the other population, some genetic impact was suggested. Admixture in this sample of anadromous trout despite absence of stocked domesticated trout could be...

  18. Use of reference buildings to assess the energy saving potentials of the residential building stock: The experience of TABULA project

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    Retrofit actions applied to the existent building stock aim at increasing the energy performance, considering the optimal trade-off between energy savings and costs, according to the Directive 2010/31/EU. To select effective refurbishment measures and to quantify the energy saving potentials of the existent building stock, the analysis should be performed on “reference buildings”. This article presents a methodology for the identification of reference buildings, according to the IEE-TABULA project (2009–12) aimed at creating a harmonised structure for “European Building Typologies”. Among the possible applications of the building typology, this work focuses on the potentialities of energy savings and CO2 emission reductions for the European residential building stock. In particular, the Italian approach to model the energy balance of a subset of the national building stock is described; the results show the enormous potentialities of energy savings even with basic energy retrofit actions. Cost analyses were not in the scope of the project, but the results of this study are the basis for further investigations aimed at assessing the cost effectiveness of sets of measures. In this regard, the TABULA building-types are being applied by the Italian government for calculating cost-optimal levels of energy performance, complying with the Directive 2010/31/EU objectives. - Highlights: • European building stocks need retrofit actions to improve the energy performance. • Necessity to define “reference buildings” in order to perform cost-optimal analyses. • Definition of a National “Building Typology” according to IEE-TABULA project. • Methodology to identify reference buildings for assessing energy saving potentials

  19. Inshore stock assessment : research and management implications for sequential shrimp fisheries

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    McGuire, T R; Langworthy, M.

    1991-01-01

    En matière de pêche crevettière dans les zones tropicales où existent d'importantes variations interannuelles des stocks dues aux fluctuations de l'enviroonnement estuarien, les recommandations en termes de gestion ont tendance à suggérer une clôture des nurseries et l'établissement d'une capacité de flotteen fonction des tailles moyennes de stocks considérées à long terme. Cependant le travail que nous présentons ici démontre qu'un contrôle de la pêche artisanale basé sur un rencensement pré...

  20. Proposal of a method for assessing the quality of stock photography websites

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    Garcia, Sandra Maria Gonzalez

    2012-01-01

    The advent of the Internet, the advent of digital photography and the chance of digitalizing large volumes of photographs, negatives, slides or daguerreotypes revolutionized the field of commercial stock photography. This new digital environment forced stock photography to adapt to the changing needs of its users. One of the main measures that these agencies were faced with these new needs of users was to create their own websites through which to offer their products to their customers. Pap...

  1. Assessment of the Marketing of Frozen Fish (Iced Fish in Edo State, Nigeria

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    Ebewore Solomon Okeoghene

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The study examines the marketing of frozen fish in Edo State of Nigeria. The primary data used for the study were derived using structured questionnaires administered to 180 randomly selected frozen fish marketers from six markets. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used in data analysis. From the findings, marketing of fish is mainly carried out by females, most of the respondents are in the economically active age group and are mostly married; they have a lot of experience in the business, majority of them are retailers selling less than four cartons of fish on daily basis and most of them have formal education. From the gross margin analysis and t-test, marketing of frozen fish is profitable in the area. However, it was recommended that major constraints like poor storage/preservation, inadequate capital and marketing costs should be tackled to improve the efficiency of marketing system of frozen fish in the State.

  2. Assessment of the Marketing of Frozen Fish (Iced Fish) in Edo State, Nigeria

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    Ebewore Solomon Okeoghene

    2013-01-01

    The study examines the marketing of frozen fish in Edo State of Nigeria. The primary data used for the study were derived using structured questionnaires administered to 180 randomly selected frozen fish marketers from six markets. Both descriptive and inferential statistics were used in data analysis. From the findings, marketing of fish is mainly carried out by females, most of the respondents are in the economically active age group and are mostly married; they have a lot of experience in ...

  3. Submission of Danish Coastal Fish data to HELCOM FISH, for the Thematic Assessment

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    Strand, Jakob

    2009-01-01

    Coastal fish communities are important components of Baltic Sea ecosystems. Coastal fish experts have been meeting on an annual basis since 2004 under the umbrella of HELCOM. In 2006, the expert group developed a metadatabase on monitoring activities, methods, parameters and species surveyed based on the data contained in the COBRA database. A GIS interactive map was subsequently created by HELCOM to improve access to the information in the metadatabase and to visualise coastal fish monitoring a...

  4. Wavelet decomposition and regime shifts: Assessing the effects of crude oil shocks on stock market returns

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    While there is a large body of empirical studies on the relationship between crude oil price changes and stock market returns, they have failed to achieve a consensus on this subject. In this paper, we combine wavelet analysis and Markov Switching Vector Autoregressive (MS-VAR) approach to explore the impact of the crude oil (CO) shocks on the stock market returns for UK, France and Japan over the period from January 1989 to December 2007. Our procedure involves the estimation of the extended MS-VAR model in order to investigate the importance of the resultant wavelet filtering series (after removing random components) in determining the behavior of the stock market volatilities. We show that CO shocks do not affect the recession stock market phases (except for Japan). However, they significantly reduce moderate and/or expansion stock market phases temporarily. Moreover, this negative relationship appears to be more pronounced during the pre-1999 period. The empirical findings will prove extremely useful to investors who need to understand the exact effect of international oil changes on certain stocks prices as well as for policy managers who need a more thorough evaluation about the efficiency of hedging policies affected by oil price changes.

  5. Wavelet decomposition and regime shifts. Assessing the effects of crude oil shocks on stock market returns

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    While there is a large body of empirical studies on the relationship between crude oil price changes and stock market returns, they have failed to achieve a consensus on this subject. In this paper, we combine wavelet analysis and Markov Switching Vector Autoregressive (MS-VAR) approach to explore the impact of the crude oil (CO) shocks on the stock market returns for UK, France and Japan over the period from January 1989 to December 2007. Our procedure involves the estimation of the extended MS-VAR model in order to investigate the importance of the resultant wavelet filtering series (after removing random components) in determining the behavior of the stock market volatilities. We show that CO shocks do not affect the recession stock market phases (except for Japan). However, they significantly reduce moderate and/or expansion stock market phases temporarily. Moreover, this negative relationship appears to be more pronounced during the pre-1999 period. The empirical findings will prove extremely useful to investors who need to understand the exact effect of international oil changes on certain stocks prices as well as for policy managers who need a more thorough evaluation about the efficiency of hedging policies affected by oil price changes. (author)

  6. Contribution of estuarine nursery areas to the structure and biocontamination of stocks of commercially fish species along the portuguese coast

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    Vasconcelos, Rita Maria Pina, 1978-

    2009-01-01

    Identifying the relative importance of estuaries as effective nurseries for marine fish juveniles isessential to understand the processes defining the life cycle and structure of these species'meta-populations and raises scientific interest due to the ecological and economical importanceof directly associated functions and resources. In the present work, some of the mainPortuguese estuaries (Minho, Douro, Ria de Aveiro, Mondego, Tejo, Sado, Mira, Ria Formosaand Guadiana) and commercially impo...

  7. On the modeling of electric railway lines for the assessment of infrastructure impact in radiated emission tests of rolling stock

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    Cozza, Andrea; Demoulin, Bernard

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we address the problem of testing radiated emissions generated by rolling stock, when carried out on actual railway sites, as prescribed by the standard EN 50121. The idea of assessing infrastructure impact on test results is presented here by means of an electromagnetic model of railway sites. In the first part,modeling tools are introduced together with some results from the experimental validation. These tools are then applied to actual railway lines proving the importance o...

  8. Performance Assessment of the Food Industry of Tehran Stock Exchange Based on Balanced Score Card (BSC) Technique

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    Morteza Asadi; Javad Mehrabi; Saharnaz Mohseni; Mohammad Hasan Tanhaei

    2013-01-01

    Major objective of the present paper was to study the role of balanced score card regarding performance assessment of companies listed in food and beverage industry in the stock exchange. This survey is descriptive and is regarded as a quasi-experimental research plan (Ex-Post design). The statistical population included 200 managers and research sample consisted of 99 persons based on Cochran formula. Questionnaire was used for data collection. Frequency tables and appropriate diagrams were ...

  9. Assessment of Sr, Cs and K radionuclide equilibrium concentration factors in Danube fish

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    Measurements based upon fallout activity were carried out for assessing some equilibrium concentration factors in fish of the Austrian region of the Danube river, the radionuclides being Cs-137, Sr-90 and K-40. Mean values were found as 250 for Cs-137 and 7 for Sr-90 in fish tissue and as 350 for Sr-90 in fish bone, and 1.2x103 for K-40. Well proved log-normal distributions for Cs-137 in fish tissue and Sr-90 in fish bone and a normal distribution for K-40 satisfactorily describe the scattering of data. (orig.)

  10. Temporal changes in European eel, Anguilla anguilla, stocks in a small catchment after installation of fish passes

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    Laffaille, Pascal; Acou, Anthony; Guillouët, Jérôme; LEGAULT, ANTOINE

    2005-01-01

    Changes in the abundance of European eel, Anguilla anguilla L., in the River Fre'mur, France, were examined over an 8-year period. Natural connectivity of the river was disturbed by three high dams that inhibited eel upstream migration and reduced recruitment by elvers and yellow eels. After eel passes were installed, fish became more abundant upstream (mean density 0.5 eel m)2). Moreover, except in the more upstream areas, no decline in eel numbers and biomass was found, in contrast to the g...

  11. Do scientists and fishermen collect the same size fish? Possible implications for exposure assessment.

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    Burger, Joanna; Gochfeld, Michael; Burke, Sean; Jeitner, Christian W; Jewett, Stephen; Snigaroff, Daniel; Snigaroff, Ronald; Stamm, Tim; Harper, Shawn; Hoberg, Max; Chenelot, Heloise; Patrick, Robert; Volz, Conrad D; Weston, James

    2006-05-01

    Recreational and subsistence fishing plays a major role in the lives of many people, although most Americans obtain their fish from supermarkets or other commercial sources. Fish consumption has generally increased in recent years, largely because of the nutritional benefits. Recent concerns about contaminants in fish have prompted federal and state agencies to analyze fish (especially freshwater fish targeted by recreational anglers) for contaminants, such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and to issue fish consumption advisories to help reduce the public health risks, where warranted. Scientists engaged in environmental sampling collect fish by a variety of means, and analyze the contaminants in those fish. Risk assessors use these levels as the basis for their advisories. Two assumptions of this methodology are that scientists collect the same size (and types) of fish that fishermen catch, and that, for some contaminants (such as methylmercury and PCBs), levels increase with the size and age of the fish. While many studies demonstrate a positive relationship between size and mercury levels in a wide range of different species of fish, the assumption that scientists collect the same size fish as fishermen has not been examined. The assumption that scientists collect the same size fish as those caught (and eaten) by recreationalists or subsistence fishermen is extremely important because contaminant levels are different in different size fish. In this article, we test the null hypothesis that there are no differences in the sizes of fish collected by Aleut fishermen, scientists (including divers), and commercial trawlers in the Bering Sea from Adak to Kiska. Aleut fishermen caught fish using rod-and-reel (fishing rods, hook, and fresh bait) from boats, as they would in their Aleutian villages. The scientists collected fish using rod-and-reel, as well as by scuba divers using spears up to 90 ft depths. A fisheries biologist collected fish from a research/commercial trawler operated under charter to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The fish selected for sampling, including those caught commercially in the Bering Sea, represented different trophic levels, and are species regularly caught by Aleuts while fishing near their villages. Not all fish were caught by all three groups. There were no significant differences in length and weight for five species of fish caught by Aleuts, scientists, and fisheries trawls, and for an additional 3 species caught only by the Aleut and scientist teams. There were small, but significant, differences in the sizes of rock greenling (Hexagrammos lagocephalus) and red Irish lord (Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus) caught by the scientist and Aleut fishermen. No scientists caught rock greenling using poles; those speared by the divers were significantly smaller than those caught by the Aleuts. Further, there were no differences in the percent of males in the samples as a function of fishing method or type of fishermen, except for rockfish and red Irish lord. These data suggest that if scientists collect fish in the same manner as subsistence fishermen (in this case, using fishing rods from boats), they can collect the same-sized fish. The implications for exposure and risk assessment are that scientists should either engage subsistence and recreational fishermen to collect fish for analysis, or mimic their fishing methods to ensure that the fish collected are similar in size and weight to those being caught and consumed by these groups. Further, total length, standard length, and weight were highly correlated for all species of fish, suggesting that risk assessors could rely on recreational and commercial fishermen to measure total lengths for the purpose of correlating mercury levels with known size/mercury level relationships. Our data generally demonstrate that the scientists and trawlers can collect the same size fish as those caught by Aleuts, making contaminant analysis, and subsequent contaminant analysis, representative of the risks to fish cons

  12. Fish pass assessment by remote control: a novel framework for quantifying the hydraulics at fish pass entrances

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    Kriechbaumer, Thomas; Blackburn, Kim; Gill, Andrew; Breckon, Toby; Everard, Nick; Wright, Ros; Rivas Casado, Monica

    2014-05-01

    Fragmentation of aquatic habitats can lead to the extinction of migratory fish species with severe negative consequences at the ecosystem level and thus opposes the target of good ecological status of rivers defined in the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). In the UK, the implementation of the EU WFD requires investments in fish pass facilities of estimated 532 million GBP (i.e. 639 million Euros) until 2027 to ensure fish passage at around 3,000 barriers considered critical. Hundreds of passes have been installed in the past. However, monitoring studies of fish passes around the world indicate that on average less than half of the fish attempting to pass such facilities are actually successful. There is a need for frameworks that allow the rapid identification of facilities that are biologically effective and those that require enhancement. Although there are many environmental characteristics that can affect fish passage success, past research suggests that variations in hydrodynamic conditions, reflected in water velocities, velocity gradients and turbulences, are the major cues that fish use to seek migration pathways in rivers. This paper presents the first steps taken in the development of a framework for the rapid field-based quantification of the hydraulic conditions downstream of fish passes and the assessment of the attractivity of fish passes for salmonids and coarse fish in UK rivers. For this purpose, a small-sized remote control platform carrying an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP), a GPS unit, a stereo camera and an inertial measurement unit has been developed. The large amount of data on water velocities and depths measured by the ADCP within relatively short time is used to quantify the spatial and temporal distribution of water velocities. By matching these hydraulic features with known preferences of migratory fish, it is attempted to identify likely migration routes and aggregation areas at barriers as well as hydraulic features that may distract fish away from fish pass entrances. The initial steps of the framework development have focused on the challenge of precise spatial data referencing in areas with limited sky view to navigation satellites. Platform tracking with a motorised Total Station, various satellite-based positioning solutions and simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) based on stereo images have been tested. The effect of errors in spatial data referencing on ADCP-derived maps of flow features and bathymetry will be quantified through simultaneous deployment of these navigation technologies and the ADCP. This will inform the selection of a cost-effective platform positioning system in practice. Further steps will cover the quantification of uncertainties in ADCP data caused by highly turbulent flows and the identification of suitable ADCP data sampling strategies at fish passes. The final framework for fish pass assessment can contribute to an improved understanding of the interaction of fish and the complex hydraulic river environment.

  13. Empirical assessment of the Hellenic non-residential building stock, energy consumption, emissions and potential energy savings

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    Comprehensive information and detailed data for the non-residential (NR) building stock is rather limited, although it is the fastest growing energy demand sector. This paper elaborates the approach used to determine the potential energy conservation in the Hellenic NR building stock. A major obstacle that had to be overcome was the need to make suitable assumptions for missing detailed primary data. A qualitative and quantitative assessment of scattered national data resulted in a realistic assessment of the existing NR building stock and energy consumption. Different energy conservation scenarios and their impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions were evaluated. Accordingly, the most effective energy conservation measures are: addition of thermal insulation of exposed external walls, primarily in hotels and hospitals; installation of energy efficient lamps; installation of solar collectors for sanitary hot water production, primarily in hotels and health care; installation of building management systems in office/commercial and hotel buildings; replacement of old inefficient boilers; and regular maintenance of central heating boilers

  14. Business risk assessment of the companies on the Mexican Stock Exchange’s sustainable index

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available (Received: 2014/10/27 - Accepted: 2014/12/15This work evaluated the business risk change of 20 companies included on the sustainable index of the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV. The unlevered beta coefficient was used for this analysis. Two periods were compared: the one before, and the one after including the companies on the index. For each of the 20 companies it was used financial information, stocks closing prices and the stock market index value, over a period of 234 weeks. Then, considering the two periods, the statistical difference between the unlevered beta coefficient averages was calculated. Finally, a hypothesis proof was made to evaluate the business risk change. It was found that for 12 out of the 20 companies, the unlevered beta coefficient suffered a reduction. The findings suggest that it is not enough for the companies to certify as sustainable in order to reduce its business risk.

  15. A stochastic length-based assessment model for the Pandalus stock in Skagerrak and the Norwegian Deep

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    Nielsen, Anders; Munch-Petersen, Sten

    2013-01-01

    This working document describes a length based stochastic assessment model of Pandalus in ICES areas IIIA and IVA. The model describing stock development is age based, but the model also estimates the relation between age and length assuming a von Bertalany growth curve. The model presented in this paper is based on the assessment data presented at the 2012 NIPAG meeting, but with updated survey information. Also the estimates shown here are based on equal standard deviations for survey and catch L = (c) L , which is the natural assumption, as this parameter describes the standard deviation of the length distribution in the population

  16. Exposure assessment for trace elements from consumption of marine fish in Southeast Asia

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    Concentrations of 20 trace elements were determined in muscle and liver of 34 species of marine fish collected from coastal areas of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Large regional difference was observed in the levels of trace elements in liver of one fish family (Carangidae): the highest mean concentration was observed in fish from the Malaysian coastal waters for V, Cr, Zn, Pb and Bi and those from the Java Sea side of Indonesia for Sn and Hg. To assess the health risk to the Southeast Asian populations from consumption of fish, intake rates of trace elements were estimated. Some marine fish showed Hg levels higher than the guideline values by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). This suggests that consumption of these fish may be hazardous to the people. -- Intake of mercury through consumption of some marine fish species might be hazardous to the people in Southeast Asia

  17. Replacing fish meal by food waste to produce lower trophic level fish containing acceptable levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Health risk assessments.

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    Cheng, Zhang; Mo, Wing-Yin; Lam, Cheung-Lung; Choi, Wai-Ming; Wong, Ming-Hung

    2015-08-01

    This study aimed at using different types of food wastes (mainly containing cereal [food waste A] and meat meal [food waste B]) as major sources of protein to replace the fish meal used in fish feeds to produce quality fish. The traditional fish farming model used to culture low trophic level fish included: bighead, (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), grass carp, (Ctenopharyngodon idellus), and mud carp, (Cirrhinus molitorella) of omnivorous chain. The results indicated that grass carp and bighead carp fed with food waste feeds were relatively free of PAHs. The results of health risk assessment showed that the fish fed with food waste feeds were safe for consumption from the PAHs perspective. PMID:25880597

  18. New Archaeozoological Data from the Fayum “Neolithic” with a Critical Assessment of the Evidence for Early Stock Keeping in Egypt

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    Linseele, Veerle; Van Neer, Wim; Thys, Sofie; Phillipps, Rebecca; Cappers, René; Wendrich, Willeke; Holdaway, Simon

    2014-01-01

    Faunal evidence from the Fayum Neolithic is often cited in the framework of early stock keeping in Egypt. However, the data suffer from a number of problems. In the present paper, large faunal datasets from new excavations at Kom K and Kom W (4850–4250 BC) are presented. They clearly show that, despite the presence of domesticates, fish predominate in the animal bone assemblages. In this sense, there is continuity with the earlier Holocene occupation from the Fayum, starting ca. 7350 BC. Domesticated plants and animals appear first from approximately 5400 BC. The earliest possible evidence for domesticates in Egypt are the very controversial domesticated cattle from the 9th/8th millennium BC in the Nabta Playa-Bir Kiseiba area. The earliest domesticates found elsewhere in Egypt date to the 6th millennium BC. The numbers of bones are generally extremely low at this point in time and only caprines are present. From the 5th millennium BC, the numbers of sites with domesticates dramatically increase, more species are also involved and they are usually represented by significant quantities of bones. The data from the Fayum reflect this two phase development, with very limited evidence for domesticates in the 6th millennium BC and more abundant and clearer indications in the 5th millennium BC. Any modelling of early food production in Egypt suffers from poor amounts of data, bias due to differential preservation and visibility of sites and archaeological remains, and a lack of direct dates for domesticates. In general, however, the evidence for early stock keeping and accompanying archaeological features shows large regional variation and seems to be mainly dependent on local environmental conditions. The large numbers of fish at Kom K and Kom W reflect the proximity of Lake Qarun. PMID:25310283

  19. New archaeozoological data from the Fayum "Neolithic" with a critical assessment of the evidence for early stock keeping in Egypt.

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    Linseele, Veerle; Van Neer, Wim; Thys, Sofie; Phillipps, Rebecca; Cappers, René; Wendrich, Willeke; Holdaway, Simon

    2014-01-01

    Faunal evidence from the Fayum Neolithic is often cited in the framework of early stock keeping in Egypt. However, the data suffer from a number of problems. In the present paper, large faunal datasets from new excavations at Kom K and Kom W (4850-4250 BC) are presented. They clearly show that, despite the presence of domesticates, fish predominate in the animal bone assemblages. In this sense, there is continuity with the earlier Holocene occupation from the Fayum, starting ca. 7350 BC. Domesticated plants and animals appear first from approximately 5400 BC. The earliest possible evidence for domesticates in Egypt are the very controversial domesticated cattle from the 9th/8th millennium BC in the Nabta Playa-Bir Kiseiba area. The earliest domesticates found elsewhere in Egypt date to the 6th millennium BC. The numbers of bones are generally extremely low at this point in time and only caprines are present. From the 5th millennium BC, the numbers of sites with domesticates dramatically increase, more species are also involved and they are usually represented by significant quantities of bones. The data from the Fayum reflect this two phase development, with very limited evidence for domesticates in the 6th millennium BC and more abundant and clearer indications in the 5th millennium BC. Any modelling of early food production in Egypt suffers from poor amounts of data, bias due to differential preservation and visibility of sites and archaeological remains, and a lack of direct dates for domesticates. In general, however, the evidence for early stock keeping and accompanying archaeological features shows large regional variation and seems to be mainly dependent on local environmental conditions. The large numbers of fish at Kom K and Kom W reflect the proximity of Lake Qarun. PMID:25310283

  20. Environmental assessment, K Pool fish rearing, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has a need to respond to a request to lease facilities at the Hanford Site 100-KE and 100-KW filter plant pools (K Pools) for fish rearing activities. These fish rearing activities would be: (1) business ventures with public and private funds and (2) long-term enhancement and supplementation programs for game fish populations in the Columbia River Basin. The proposed action is to enter into a use permit or lease agreement with the YIN or other parties who would rear fish in the 100-K Area Pools. The proposed action would include necessary piping, pump, and electrical upgrades of the facility; cleaning and preparation of the pools; water withdrawal from the Columbia River, and any necessary water or wastewater treatment; and introduction, rearing and release of fish. Future commercial operations may be included.

  1. Environmental assessment, K Pool fish rearing, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

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    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has a need to respond to a request to lease facilities at the Hanford Site 100-KE and 100-KW filter plant pools (K Pools) for fish rearing activities. These fish rearing activities would be: (1) business ventures with public and private funds and (2) long-term enhancement and supplementation programs for game fish populations in the Columbia River Basin. The proposed action is to enter into a use permit or lease agreement with the YIN or other parties who would rear fish in the 100-K Area Pools. The proposed action would include necessary piping, pump, and electrical upgrades of the facility; cleaning and preparation of the pools; water withdrawal from the Columbia River, and any necessary water or wastewater treatment; and introduction, rearing and release of fish. Future commercial operations may be included

  2. An assessment of fish mortality at the Rance tidal power barrage, Brittany, France

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    This report describes the results of three weeks field work carried out on the Rance Estuary in August 1991. The objectives were to make a preliminary assessment of the relative frequency with which dead fish accumulate in the Rance barrage lock pit; to assess the likely cause of mortality; and to assess the success with which marine fish migrate across a tidal barrage by tagging a variety of species within the barrage basin. (author)

  3. Histological methods in the assessment of different feed effects on liver and intestine of fish

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    Rašković Božidar S.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This manuscript describes the importance of using histological methods to assess the effects of feed on the liver and intestine of fish. Due to the constantly increasing world production of fish and other aquatic organisms, it is necessary to replace fishmeal and fish oil in diets with less expensive raw materials of plant origin. Due to the increased fiber content, increased presence of carbohydrates, antinutritional factors, and inappropriate content of amino acids and new compounds can have negative effects on the digestive system of fish and therefore on fitness, health and production characteristics of cultivated fish. The liver and intestines are the most important organs for the digestion and absorption of nutrients from feed. Therefore, monitoring histological structure of fish liver and intestine is the method of choice in assessing the effects of nutrient mixtures that use raw materials of plant origin. For both of these vital organs the normal histological structure and the most important results obtained by research are discussed. This paper presents a critical review of the histological methods used in research on feed effects. Results related to the negative effects of raw soy-based feed on the occurrence of enteritis in carnivorous fish species are discussed. The results point out that use of modern approach in fish pathology such as improved histochemical, stereological, scoring, and other analytical methods could be a beneficial approach in an accurate assessment of new feed effects on fish.

  4. Risk assessment and stock market volatility in the Eurozone: 1986-2014

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    Menezes, Rui; Oliveira, Álvaro

    2015-04-01

    This paper studies the stock market return's volatility in the Eurozone as an input for evaluating the market risk. Stock market returns are endogenously determined by long-term interest rate changes and so is the return's conditional variance. The conditional variance is the time-dependent variance of the underlying variable. In other words, it is the variance of the returns measured at each moment t, so it changes through time depending on the specific market structure at each time observation. Thus, a multivariate EGARCH model is proposed to capture the complex nature of this network. By network, in this context, we mean the chain of stock exchanges that co-move and interact in such a way that a shock in one of them propagates up to the other ones (contagion). Previous studies provide evidence that the Eurozone stock exchanges are deeply integrated. The results indicate that asymmetry and leverage effects exist along with fat tails and endogeneity. In-sample and out-of-sample forecasting tests provide clear evidence that the multivariate EGARCH model performs better than the univariate counterpart to predict the behavior of returns both before and after the 2008 crisis.

  5. Preliminary assessment of surf-zone and estuarine line-fish species of the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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    J.A., Venter; B.Q., Mann.

    Full Text Available A preliminary assessment of surf-zone and estuarine line fish was carried out in the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area (MPA), on the Wild Coast, South Africa. The purpose was to provide baseline data on inshore line-fish stocks in the MPA. A total of 28 species was recorded, of which 53% have a cons [...] ervation status reflecting some concern and 43% are endemic to southern Africa. This highlights the value of the MPA for protection of important line-fish species. Within the MPA, localised differences were detected in species diversity, size frequency and catch per unit effort between unexploited and illegally exploited areas. These differences were more prominent in slow growing, long-lived species. It thus appears that illegal exploitation is negatively affecting fish populations within the MPA, which counteract and potentially could eliminate the benefits of fish protection typically associated with no-take MPAs. These results highlight the need for improved law enforcement and better communication with neighbouring communities to increase awareness. It is further recommended that the current no-take status of the MPA should be maintained. In addition, baseline fisheries information was collected on certain fish species that could be used to inform future conservation management of the MPA. CONSERVATION IMPLICATIONS: The Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area is unique and important for the conservation of key surf zone and estuarine fish species. However there is a significant risk to the fish populations due to illegal exploitation. Key interventions should include enhanced law enforcement but, more important, the creation of alternative livelihoods and long term sustainable benefits to local communities.

  6. Preliminary assessment of surf-zone and estuarine line-fish species of the Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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    Jan A. Venter

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A preliminary assessment of surf-zone and estuarine line fish was carried out in the DwesaCwebe Marine Protected Area (MPA, on the Wild Coast, South Africa. The purpose was to provide baseline data on inshore line-fish stocks in the MPA. A total of 28 species was recorded, of which 53% have a conservation status reflecting some concern and 43% are endemic to southern Africa. This highlights the value of the MPA for protection of important line-fish species. Within the MPA, localised differences were detected in species diversity, size frequency and catch per unit effort between unexploited and illegally exploited areas. These differences were more prominent in slow growing, long-lived species. It thus appears that illegal exploitation is negatively affecting fish populations within the MPA, which counteract and potentially could eliminate the benefits of fish protection typically associated with no-take MPAs. These results highlight the need for improved law enforcement and better communication with neighbouring communities to increase awareness. It is further recommended that the current no-take status of the MPA should be maintained. In addition, baseline fisheries information was collected on certain fish species that could be used to inform future conservation management of the MPA.Conservation implications: The Dwesa-Cwebe Marine Protected Area is unique and important for the conservation of key surf zone and estuarine fish species. However there is a significant risk to the fish populations due to illegal exploitation. Key interventions should include enhanced law enforcement but, more important, the creation of alternative livelihoods and long term sustainable benefits to local communities.

  7. Comparison of methods for measuring and assessing carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in terrestrial carbon pools. How do the accuracy and precision of current methods compare? A systematic review protocol

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    Petrokofsky Gillian

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Climate change and high rates of global carbon emissions have focussed attention on the need for high-quality monitoring systems to assess how much carbon is present in terrestrial systems and how these change over time. The choice of system to adopt should be guided by good science. There is a growing body of scientific and technical information on ground-based and remote sensing methods of carbon measurement. The adequacy and comparability of these different systems have not been fully evaluated. Methods A systematic review will compare methods of assessing carbon stocks and carbon stock changes in key land use categories, including, forest land, cropland, grassland, and wetlands, in terrestrial carbon pools that can be accounted for under the Kyoto protocol (above- ground biomass, below-ground biomass, dead wood, litter and soil carbon. Assessing carbon in harvested wood products will not be considered in this review. Discussion Developing effective mitigation strategies to reduce carbon emissions and equitable adaptation strategies to cope with increasing global temperatures will rely on robust scientific information that is free from biases imposed by national and commercial interests. A systematic review of the methods used for assessing carbon stocks and carbon stock changes will contribute to the transparent analysis of complex and often contradictory science.

  8. St. John, USVI Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data (2002 - Present)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below.The intent of this work is five fold: 1) To spatially characterize...

  9. St. Croix, USVI Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data (2002 - Present)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below. The intent of this work is five fold: 1) To spatially...

  10. Baseline assessment of fish communities of the Flower Garden Banks

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The work developed baseline information on fish and benthic communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Surveys employed diving,...

  11. St. John, USVI Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data (2002 - Present)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below.The intent of this work is five fold: 1) To spatially characterize...

  12. St. Croix, USVI Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data (2002 - Present)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below. The intent of this work is five fold: 1) To spatially...

  13. Baseline assessment of fish communities of the Flower Garden Banks

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The work developed baseline information on fish and benthic communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Surveys employed diving,...

  14. Qualitative assessment of imported frozen fish fillets in Sulaimani markets

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    Z.K. Khidhir; H.O.M. Murad; E.D. Arif

    2013-01-01

    This study aims to determine the quality of frozen fish fillets sold in Sulaimani city markets a total number of (64) sample of frozen fish fillets belonged to 4 foreign trademarks were collected from different parts of Sulaimani markets. The samples were subjected to physical and chemical tests to determine their quality and suitability for human consumption. The proximate chemical analysis referred to presence of significant differences in moisture, fat and protein content among the four tr...

  15. Qualitative assessment of imported frozen fish fillets in Sulaimani markets

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    Z.K. Khidhir

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to determine the quality of frozen fish fillets sold in Sulaimani city markets a total number of (64 sample of frozen fish fillets belonged to 4 foreign trademarks were collected from different parts of Sulaimani markets. The samples were subjected to physical and chemical tests to determine their quality and suitability for human consumption. The proximate chemical analysis referred to presence of significant differences in moisture, fat and protein content among the four trademarks except for ash content. While the physical indices showed that White fish fillets recorded the lowest thawing and cooking loss which in return recorded the highest WHC. Chemical indices showed that the pH mean values of Myanmar and Flander mark were significantly differed (P<0.05 than Hasson and White fish fillet, Although, the results of FFA recorded no significant differences among the trademarks, and Flander mark recorded the highest PV and TBA among the other which made it significantly differed than them and White fish fillet recorded the lowest, still, they were within the international standard limits. Where, the results of TVN values recorded no significant differences ( among the inspected marks. All obtained results referred to the validity of these fish fillets for human consumption.

  16. Geo-Referenced, Abundance Calibrated Ocean Distribution of Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Stocks across the West Coast of North America.

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    Bellinger, M Renee; Banks, Michael A; Bates, Sarah J; Crandall, Eric D; Garza, John Carlos; Sylvia, Gil; Lawson, Peter W

    2015-01-01

    Understanding seasonal migration and localized persistence of populations is critical for effective species harvest and conservation management. Pacific salmon (genus Oncorhynchus) forecasting models predict stock composition, abundance, and distribution during annual assessments of proposed fisheries impacts. Most models, however, fail to account for the influence of biophysical factors on year-to-year fluctuations in migratory distributions and stock-specific survival. In this study, the ocean distribution and relative abundance of Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha) stocks encountered in the California Current large marine ecosystem, U.S.A were inferred using catch-per-unit effort (CPUE) fisheries and genetic stock identification data. In contrast to stock distributions estimated through coded-wire-tag recoveries (typically limited to hatchery salmon), stock-specific CPUE provides information for both wild and hatchery fish. Furthermore, in contrast to stock composition results, the stock-specific CPUE metric is independent of other stocks and is easily interpreted over multiple temporal or spatial scales. Tests for correlations between stock-specific CPUE and stock composition estimates revealed these measures diverged once proportional contributions of locally rare stocks were excluded from data sets. A novel aspect of this study was collection of data both in areas closed to commercial fisheries and during normal, open commercial fisheries. Because fishing fleet efficiency influences catch rates, we tested whether CPUE differed between closed area (non-retention) and open area (retention) data sets. A weak effect was indicated for some, but not all, analyzed cases. Novel visualizations produced from stock-specific CPUE-based ocean abundance facilitates consideration of how highly refined, spatial and genetic information could be incorporated in ocean fisheries management systems and for investigations of biogeographic factors that influence migratory distributions of fish. PMID:26200779

  17. Commercial fish species of inland waters: a model for sustainability assessment and management.

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    Simi?, Vladica M; Simi?, Snežana B; Stojkovi? Piperac, Milica; Petrovi?, Ana; Miloševi?, Djuradj

    2014-11-01

    The permanent increase in the exploitation of commercial fish species has led to the need for developing practical and effective tools for the sustainability assessment and management of the target fish populations. The aim of this study was to formulate an ESHIPPOfishing model which would provide a reliable assessment of commercial fish population sustainability and indicate the conservation priorities. The existing ESHIPPO model was modified by introducing a new Index of local sustainability of fish populations (ILSFP) which enables the selection of "keystone populations" and "keystone habitats/ecosystems" within the basin being investigated. We employed a self-organizing map (SOM) in order to visualize the spatial distribution of the keystone populations and keystone habitats/ecosystems for each fish species. Based on the ILSFP values, environmental specialization (ES) of a fish species and local environmental factors (HIPPO factors), the model estimates the degree of sustainability (DS) of commercial fish populations in the freshwater ecosystems of the western Balkan Peninsula. The results indicate a low degree of sustainability for the majority of commercial fish species of the Middle Danube Basin, especially Acipenser ruthenus and Hucho hucho. The ESHIPPOfishing model presents a cost effective conservation approach, formulated to be applicable to any kind of river basin. The application of the ESHIPPOfishing model provides a comprehensive insight into the viability of target fish populations, which would not only further improve the selection of conservation priorities, but also facilitate the management of aquatic ecosystems. PMID:25170830

  18. A new technique for assessing fish passage survival at hydro power stations

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    The HI-Z Turb'N Tag recovery method is presented as a new technique that has been successfully used at ten hydropower stations to determine turbine or spillway passage survival of fish. According to this technique, fish are tagged with the Turb'N Tag, which is pear-shaped, made of inflatable latex, and ca 35 mm long and 13 mm wide. The tag is designed to inflate after passage through the turbine, where it then floats the fish to the surface where it can be easily spotted and netted. One tag is sufficient to retrieve fish less than 18 cm long, while three tags may be needed for fish longer than 30 cm. In tests, fish were recovered in under 10 minutes from the tailrace after being tagged and released into a turbine. The tag allowed over 90% recovery of fish in most tests. The technique had minimal effect on the well-being of both hardy and sensitive species and provided an opportunity to examine recovered fish for injuries and retain them up to 72 h to assess possible delayed effects. The technique overcomes most of the logistical problems associated with conventional methods (netting, radio telemetry, mass mark-recapture) to determine turbine passage survival. The technique can also be used to assess effects of spill and fish bypass structures. 9 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab

  19. Assessing carbon stocks and modelling win-win scenarios of carbon sequestration through land-use changes

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    Ponce-Hernandez, R.; Koohafkan, P.; Antoine, J. (eds.)

    2004-07-01

    This publication presents a methodology and software tools for assessing carbon stocks and modelling scenarios of carbon sequestration that were developed and tested in pilot field studies in Mexico and Cuba. The models and tools enable the analysis of land use change scenarios in order to identify in a given area (watershed or district) land use alternatives and land management practices that simultaneously maximize food production, maximize soil carbon sequestration, maximize biodiversity conservation and minimize land degradation. The objective is to develop and implement 'win-win' options that satisfy the multiple goals of farmers, land users and other stakeholders in relation to food security, carbon sequestration, biodiversity and land conservation.

  20. Assessing the Financial Failure Using Z-Score and Current Ratio: A Case of Sugar Sector Listed Companies of Karachi Stock Exchange

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    Ijaz, Muhammad Shahzad; Hunjra, Ahmed Imran; Hameed, Zahid; Maqbool, Adnan; Azam, Rauf i

    2013-01-01

    Since 1968, after the development of multivariate model, financial health of the corporate sector to predict their financial failure is heavily studied. Altman Z-Score is the most efficient model to judge the financial failure of the companies. This study uses Altman’s Z-Score and current ratio to assess the financial status of sugar sector companies listed at Karachi stock exchange. Sugar sector is the second largest slice among all sectors listed at Karachi stock exchange. Total popul...

  1. Assessing the Financial Failure Using Z-Score and Current Ratio: A Case of Sugar Sector Listed Companies of Karachi Stock Exchange

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    Ijaz, Muhammad Shahzad; Ahmed Imran HUNJRA; Hameed, Zahid; Maqbool, Adnan; Azam, Rauf i

    2013-01-01

    Since 1968, after the development of multivariate model, financial health of the corporate sector to predict their financial failure is heavily studied. Altman Z-Score is the most efficient model to judge the financial failure of the companies. This study uses Altman’s Z-Score and current ratio to assess the financial status of sugar sector companies listed at Karachi stock exchange. Sugar sector is the second largest slice among all sectors listed at Karachi stock exchange. Total population ...

  2. Welfare aspects of stocking density in farmed rainbow trout, assessed by behavioural and physiological methods

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    Laursen, Danielle Caroline

    and production in rainbow trout. This emphasises the significance of developing alternative methods that provide insight into the potential density limits that are optimal for welfare and performance in rainbow trout. Here, a behavioural method using two-tank systems was developed and applied. The...... showed that at this density the reduced energy expenditure, attributed to reduced aggressive social interactions, resulted in a better growth performance. Therefore, it may be concluded that application of the method using the two-tank systems provided new insight into an optimal stocking density limit...... for rainbow trout. Furthermore, the method presented here provides a promising tool for investigating stocking density levels in rainbow trout. Further development of the current method would consider it applicable for determining limits for a range of culture situations....

  3. Assessment of mercury in edible fish fillets at Seney National Wildlife Refuge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report is a followup to work conducted by the East Lansing Field Office ELFO at Seney National Wildlife Refuge NWR in 198788 to assess the presence and degree...

  4. Stock market's reactions to revelation of tax evasion: An empirical assessment

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    Andreas, Brunhart

    2012-01-01

    Additionally to the financial crisis causing a world recession, Liechtenstein’s financial sector has been challenged by the so-called “Zumwinkel-Affair”, when a whistle-blower sold data of hundreds of tax evaders to international tax authorities. This paper investigates the impact of this affair, separated from the financial crisis, on the daily stock prices of banks from Liechtenstein. An “unconventional” augmented GARCH-model (labelled as “augmented amalGARCH”), which outperforms convention...

  5. A cost-efficient method to assess carbon stocks in tropical peat soil

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    Warren, M. W.; Kauffman, J. B.; Murdiyarso, D.; Anshari, G.; Hergoualc'h, K.; Kurnianto, S.; Purbopuspito, J.; Gusmayanti, E.; Afifudin, M.; Rahajoe, J.; Alhamd, L.; Limin, S.; Iswandi, A.

    2012-11-01

    Estimation of belowground carbon stocks in tropical wetland forests requires funding for laboratory analyses and suitable facilities, which are often lacking in developing nations where most tropical wetlands are found. It is therefore beneficial to develop simple analytical tools to assist belowground carbon estimation where financial and technical limitations are common. Here we use published and original data to describe soil carbon density (kgC m-3; Cd) as a function of bulk density (gC cm-3; Bd), which can be used to rapidly estimate belowground carbon storage using Bd measurements only. Predicted carbon densities and stocks are compared with those obtained from direct carbon analysis for ten peat swamp forest stands in three national parks of Indonesia. Analysis of soil carbon density and bulk density from the literature indicated a strong linear relationship (Cd = Bd × 495.14 + 5.41, R2 = 0.93, n = 151) for soils with organic C content > 40%. As organic C content decreases, the relationship between Cd and Bd becomes less predictable as soil texture becomes an important determinant of Cd. The equation predicted belowground C stocks to within 0.92% to 9.57% of observed values. Average bulk density of collected peat samples was 0.127 g cm-3, which is in the upper range of previous reports for Southeast Asian peatlands. When original data were included, the revised equation Cd = Bd × 468.76 + 5.82, with R2 = 0.95 and n = 712, was slightly below the lower 95% confidence interval of the original equation, and tended to decrease Cd estimates. We recommend this last equation for a rapid estimation of soil C stocks for well-developed peat soils where C content > 40%.

  6. Interface of biotechnology and ecology for environmental risk assessments of transgenic fish.

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    Devlin, Robert H; Sundström, L Fredrik; Muir, William M

    2006-02-01

    Genetically engineered fish with enhanced phenotypic traits have yet to be implemented into commercial applications. This is partly because of the difficulties in reliably predicting the ecological risk of transgenic fish should they escape into the wild. The ecological consequences of the phenotypic differences between transgenic and wild-type fish, as determined in the laboratory, can be uncertain because of genotype-by-environment effects (GXE). Additionally, we are limited in our ability to extrapolate simple phenotypes to the complex ecological interactions that occur in nature. Genetic background can also shape the phenotypic effects of transgenes, which, over time and among different wild populations, can make risk assessments a continuously evolving target. These uncertainties suggest that assessments of transgenic fish in contained facilities need to be conducted under as wide a range of conditions as possible, and that efficacious physical and biological containment strategies remain as crucial approaches to ensure the safe application of transgenic fish technology. PMID:16380181

  7. Large-Scale Assessment of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Effects on Fish Assemblages

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    Guidetti, Paolo; Baiata, Pasquale; Ballesteros, Enric; Di Franco, Antonio; Hereu, Bernat; MacPherson, Enrique; Micheli, Fiorenza; Pais, Antonio; Panzalis, Pieraugusto; Rosenberg, Andrew A; Zabala, Mikel; Sala, Enric

    2014-01-01

    Marine protected areas (MPAs) were acknowledged globally as effective tools to mitigate the threats to oceans caused by fishing. Several studies assessed the effectiveness of individual MPAs in protecting fish assemblages, but regional assessments of multiple MPAs are scarce. Moreover, empirical evidence on the role of MPAs in contrasting the propagation of non-indigenous-species (NIS) and thermophilic species (ThS) is missing. We simultaneously investigated here the role of MPAs in reversing...

  8. Fish abundance differences and relations to primary production in two variants of pond stocking with common carp(Cyprinus carpio L., grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella Val. and bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis Rich. larvae

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    Roumen K. Kalchev

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available A fish pond experiment was conducted in two ponds which were stocked with 0 aged common carp and bighead carp larvae in numeric abundance ratio 3:1 (variant 1 while in other two ponds the ratio was 1:3 in favor of bighead carp (variant 2. To each of the two stocking variants we added one and the same number of 0 aged grass carps and 1+ or 2+ common carps. The experiment lasted 4 months (May to September and was repeated in two consecutive years (2007, 2008. The second year variant 2 was conducted in three ponds. The fish ponds belonged to the experimental facilities of the Institute for Fishery and Aquaculture, Bulgaria. The plankton primary production and other related variables were measured approximately fortnightly and continuously throughout the experiment duration. At the end of experiment number and yield of fishes were measured and survival rates were calculated. Survival rate of bighead carp and yield of common carp and bighead carp of variant 1 were significantly higher than those of variant 2. The yield of bighead carp larvae did not, while that of common carp, grass carp and total fish yield correlated significantly and positively with plankton primary production. The yield of accidentally fallen into ponds of crucian carps (Carassius carassiusLin. correlated strongly negatively with 1+/2+ common carps, which was indication for the strong food completion between them.

  9. Challenges in using fish communities for assessing the ecological integrity of non-perennial rivers

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    MF, Avenant.

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Environmental Water Assessments (EWAs) aim to protect the ecological integrity of rivers amidst increasing anthropogenic pressures on freshwater resources, and fish communities are the ecosystem component most commonly included. The Fish Response Assessment Index (FRAI) was developed to assess the i [...] ntegrity of fish communities in South African rivers and is commonly applied in EWA studies. This paper reports on the suitability of the FRAI for the non-perennial Seekoei River and discusses some of the challenges faced. Our relatively long and thorough study on the Seekoei River confirmed the concerns that earlier, snapshot, fish integrity assessments in the Orange River system raised: that the existing fish indices are not ideally suited for these rivers with their naturally low species richness and hardy, generalist fish communities. Other difficulties with the use of a score-based method include prediction of the expected species, calculation of a frequency of occurrence rating, selection of the right sampling times for comparative purposes, loss of habitats and sampling points under different flow conditions, and problems experienced when using accumulated data to try to correct for a situation of having too few sampling points. At this stage a more generalised approach is suggested for the Seekoei River, and ultimately other similar non-perennial systems. This could include a number of community characteristics, such as abundance, species richness, species diversity and evenness, recruitment, fish health and the presence/absence of exotic species.

  10. Co-assessment of biomass and soil organic carbon stocks in a future reservoir area located in Southeast Asia.

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    Descloux, Stéphane; Chanudet, Vincent; Poilvé, Hervé; Grégoire, Alain

    2011-02-01

    An assessment of the organic carbon stock present in living or dead vegetation and in the soil on the 450 km2 of the future Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric reservoir in Lao People's Democratic Republic was made. Nine land cover types were defined on the studied area: dense, medium, light, degraded, and riparian forests; agricultural soil; swamps; water; and others (roads, construction sites, and so on). Their geographical distribution was assessed by remote sensing using two 2008 SPOT 5 images. The area is mainly covered by dense and light forests (59%), while agricultural soil and swamps account for 11% and 2%, respectively. For each of these cover types, except water, organic carbon density was measured in the five pools defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: aboveground biomass, litter, deadwood, belowground biomass, and soil organic carbon. The area-weighted mean carbon densities for these pools were estimated at 45.4, 2.0, 2.2, 3.4, and 62.2 tC/ha, respectively, i.e., a total of about 115±15 tC/ha for a soil thickness of 30 cm, corresponding to a total flooded organic carbon stock of 5.1±0.7 MtC. This value is much lower than the carbon density for some South American reservoirs for example where total organic carbon stocks range from 251 to 326 tC/ha. It can be mainly explained by (1) the higher biomass density of South American tropical primary rainforest than of forests in this study and (2) the high proportion of areas with low carbon density, such as agricultural or slash-and-burn zones, in the studied area. PMID:20364314

  11. Fish survey - fishing duration, shellfish resource assessment, and other data from the Beaufort Sea as part of Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program (OCSEAP) from 22 June 1976 to 21 September 1976 (NODC Accession 7800003)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Fish survey, fishing duration, shellfish resource assessment, and other data were collected from the Beaufort Sea from 22 June 1976 to 21 September 1976. Data were...

  12. Long-term consumption of dried bonito dashi (a traditional Japanese fish stock) reduces anxiety and modifies central amino acid levels in rats.

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    Funatsu, Shoichiro; Kondoh, Takashi; Kawase, Takahiro; Ikeda, Hiromi; Nagasawa, Mao; Denbow, D Michael; Furuse, Mitsuhiro

    2015-08-01

    Dried bonito dashi, a traditional Japanese fish stock, enhances palatability of various dishes because of its specific flavor. Daily intake of dashi has also been shown to improve mood status such as tension-anxiety in humans. This study aimed at investigating beneficial effects of dashi ingestion on anxiety/depression-like behaviors and changes in amino acid levels in the brain and plasma in rats. Male Wistar rats were given either dried bonito dashi or water for long-term (29 days; Experiment 1) or single oral administration (Experiment 2). Anxiety and depression-like behaviors were tested using the open field and forced swimming tests, respectively. Concentrations of amino acids were measured in the hippocampus, hypothalamus, cerebellum, and jugular vein. During the long-term (29 days) consumption, rats given 2% dashi frequently entered the center zone and spent more time compared with the water controls in the open field test. However, the dashi was ineffective on depression-like behavior. In the hippocampus, concentrations of hydroxyproline, anserine, and valine were increased by dashi while those of asparagine and phenylalanine were decreased. In the hypothalamus, the methionine concentration was decreased. In a single oral administration experiment, the dashi (1%, 2% or 10%) showed no effects on behaviors. Significance was observed only in the concentrations of ?-aminoadipic acid, cystathionine, and ornithine in the hippocampus. Dried bonito dashi is a functional food having anxiolytic-like effects. Daily ingestion of the dashi, even at lower concentrations found in the cuisine, reduces anxiety and alters amino acid levels in the brain. PMID:24701973

  13. Using posts to an online social network to assess fishing effort

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    Martin, Dustin R.; Chizinski, Christopher J.; Eskridge, Kent M.; Pope, Kevin L

    2014-01-01

    Fisheries management has evolved from reservoir to watershed management, creating a need to simultaneously gather information within and across interacting reservoirs. However, costs to gather information on the fishing effort on multiple reservoirs using traditional creel methodology are often prohibitive. Angler posts about reservoirs online provide a unique medium to test hypotheses on the distribution of fishing pressure. We show that the activity on an online fishing social network is related to fishing effort and can be used to facilitate management goals. We searched the Nebraska Fish and Game Association Fishing Forum for all references from April 2009 to December 2010 to 19 reservoirs that comprise the Salt Valley regional fishery in southeastern Nebraska. The number of posts was positively related to monthly fishing effort on a regional scale, with individual reservoirs having the most annual posts also having the most annual fishing effort. Furthermore, this relationship held temporally. Online fishing social networks provide the potential to assess effort on larger spatial scales than currently feasible.

  14. Environmental Assessment: Land Exchange between the City of Virginia Beach and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This Environmental Assessment EA will identify and evaluate the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the United States Fish and Wildlife Services Service...

  15. Assessing environmental correlates of fish movement on a coral reef

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    Currey, Leanne M.; Heupel, Michelle R.; Simpfendorfer, Colin A.; Williams, Ashley J.

    2015-12-01

    Variation in dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes is likely linked to changes in environmental conditions. Monitoring in situ environmental parameters on coral reefs in conjunction with the movements of fishes can help explain the relationship between exploited populations and their environment. Sixty adult Lethrinus miniatus were acoustically tagged and monitored along a coral reef slope for up to 1 yr. Individuals occurred more often on the reef slope during days of cooler temperatures, suggesting a thermal tolerance threshold may exist. Results indicate that individuals responded to elevated temperatures by moving away from the reef slope to deeper adjacent habitats, thus shifting their position in the water column to remain at a preferred temperature. Space use within the water column (vertical activity space) was not influenced by environmental parameters or fish size, but this result was possibly influenced by use of deeper habitat outside the acoustic array that was not monitored. With elevation of ocean temperature, L. miniatus may need to adapt to warmer waters or disperse into cooler habitats, by either shifting their distribution deeper or towards higher latitudes. Identifying key environmental drivers that affect the distribution of reef fishes is important, and may allow managers to predict the effect of these changes on exploited species.

  16. Assessment of fishing the valuable hydrobionts in the Sivash bay

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    Kireeva Irina Yurievna

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The perennial analysis of the production of the main industrial objects by private entrepreneurs in the Sivash bay is presented. The prohibition of the plaice-Glossa’s catch is saved. There is the reduction in net catches of haarder due to the decrease of the livestock herd, the poaching fishing, the water pollution of spawning places and graziery, and the lack of control by the fish inspection. The introduction of the serious control of mullet’s catch and good graziery conditions for this spe-cies facilitates to the restoration of their natural population. The pigfish are the additional objects of the catch with a slight annual increase in their number in catches, but they don’t have the significant influence on the formation of the overall productivity of fish in the Sivash bay. The larvae of hironomus takes the first place of the production on the territory of the East Sivash. There is a gradual advance of the whole productivity of fish in the east part of the Sivash bay, at the expense catching mullet, haarder and hironomus larvae.

  17. A cost-efficient method to assess carbon stocks in tropical peat soil

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Estimation of belowground carbon stocks in tropical wetland forests requires funding for laboratory analyses and suitable facilities, which are often lacking in developing nations where most tropical wetlands are found. It is therefore beneficial to develop simple analytical tools to assist belowground carbon estimation where financial and technical limitations are common. Here we use published and original data to describe soil carbon density (kgC m?3; Cd as a function of bulk density (gC cm?3; Bd, which can be used to rapidly estimate belowground carbon storage using Bd measurements only. Predicted carbon densities and stocks are compared with those obtained from direct carbon analysis for ten peat swamp forest stands in three national parks of Indonesia. Analysis of soil carbon density and bulk density from the literature indicated a strong linear relationship (Cd = Bd × 495.14 + 5.41, R2 = 0.93, n = 151 for soils with organic C content > 40%. As organic C content decreases, the relationship between Cd and Bd becomes less predictable as soil texture becomes an important determinant of Cd. The equation predicted belowground C stocks to within 0.92% to 9.57% of observed values. Average bulk density of collected peat samples was 0.127 g cm?3, which is in the upper range of previous reports for Southeast Asian peatlands. When original data were included, the revised equation Cd = Bd × 468.76 + 5.82, with R2 = 0.95 and n = 712, was slightly below the lower 95% confidence interval of the original equation, and tended to decrease Cd estimates. We recommend this last equation for a rapid estimation of soil C stocks for well-developed peat soils where C content > 40%.

  18. Fish as bioindicators in aquatic environmental pollution assessment: A case study in Lake Victoria wetlands, Uganda

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    Naigaga, I.; Kaiser, H.; Muller, W. J.; Ojok, L.; Mbabazi, D.; Magezi, G.; Muhumuza, E.

    Growing human population and industrialization have led to the pollution of most aquatic ecosystems and consequent deterioration in environmental water quality. Indicator organisms are needed to improve assessment programmes on the ecological impacts of anthropogenic activities on the aquatic environment. Fish have been widely documented as useful indicators of environmental water quality because of their differential sensitivity to pollution. This study investigated the environmental water quality of selected wetland ecosystems using fish as biological indicators. Fish community structure in relation to water quality was assessed in five wetlands along the shoreline of Lake Victoria from August 2006 to June 2008. Four urban wetlands were variedly impacted by anthropogenic activities while one rural wetland was less impacted, and served as a reference site. Fish species diversity, abundance and richness were assessed, and canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) was used to evaluate the relationship between the fish communities and environmental variables. Results revealed that urban effluent impacted negatively on water quality and consequently the fish community structure. A total of 29 fish species were recorded throughout the study with the lowest number of 15 species recorded in the most impacted site. Shannon diversity and Margalef species richness indices were highest at the references site and lowest at the most impacted site. Wetland haplochromis species dominated the reference site, while oreochromis species dominated the most impacted site. The inshore locations registered higher species diversity and low species richness than the offshore locations. Low dissolved oxygen, pH, secchi depth and high electrical conductivity, total phosphorous, and total nitrogen were strongly associated with the effluent-impacted sites and greatly influenced the fish community structure. This study recommends the use of fish as valuable biological indicators in aquatic environmental pollution assessment.

  19. Aboveground carbon in Quebec forests: stock quantification at the provincial scale and assessment of temperature, precipitation and edaphic properties effects on the potential stand-level stocking

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    Houle, Daniel; Ouimet, Rock; Lambert, Marie-Claude; Logan, Travis

    2016-01-01

    Biological carbon sequestration by forest ecosystems plays an important role in the net balance of greenhouse gases, acting as a carbon sink for anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Nevertheless, relatively little is known about the abiotic environmental factors (including climate) that control carbon storage in temperate and boreal forests and consequently, about their potential response to climate changes. From a set of more than 94,000 forest inventory plots and a large set of spatial data on forest attributes interpreted from aerial photographs, we constructed a fine-resolution map (∼375 m) of the current carbon stock in aboveground live biomass in the 435,000 km2 of managed forests in Quebec, Canada. Our analysis resulted in an area-weighted average aboveground carbon stock for productive forestland of 37.6 Mg ha−1, which is lower than commonly reported values for similar environment. Models capable of predicting the influence of mean annual temperature, annual precipitation, and soil physical environment on maximum stand-level aboveground carbon stock (MSAC) were developed. These models were then used to project the future MSAC in response to climate change. Our results indicate that the MSAC was significantly related to both mean annual temperature and precipitation, or to the interaction of these variables, and suggest that Quebec’s managed forests MSAC may increase by 20% by 2041–2070 in response to climate change. Along with changes in climate, the natural disturbance regime and forest management practices will nevertheless largely drive future carbon stock at the landscape scale. Overall, our results allow accurate accounting of carbon stock in aboveground live tree biomass of Quebec’s forests, and provide a better understanding of possible feedbacks between climate change and carbon storage in temperate and boreal forests.

  20. AFSC/REFM: Groundfish Survey of the Chukchi Sea in 2013 by Shelf Habitat and Ecology of Fish and Zooplankton (SHELFZ)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Alaska Fisheries Science Centers (AFSC) Status of Stocks and Multispecies Assessment (SSMA) Programs Fishery Interaction Team (FIT) conducted an offshore fish...

  1. A second assessment of the stock of megrim Lepiodorhombus whiffiagonis in Divisions Vll b, c, j and k

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    Fahy, E.; Gleeson, P.

    1992-01-01

    An assessment of megrim captured by Irish and joint venture (Spanish) vessels in Divisions Vll b, c, j, k is based on landings from both fleets and discards from Irish vessels targeting whitefish and Nephrops. Fishing activity by the joint venture fleet is centred on the 200m depth contour. Megrim CPUE has declined since 1985. Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis constitutes the majority of the landings by joint venture vessels; L. boscii amounts up to 2% by weight of the landings from deeper wat...

  2. Estimation of time-varying selectivity in stock assessments using state-space models

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    Nielsen, Anders; Berg, Casper Willestofte

    2014-01-01

    -varying selectivity pattern. The fishing mortality rates are considered (possibly correlated) stochastic processes, and the corresponding process variances are estimated within the model. The model is applied to North Sea cod and it is verified from simulations that time-varying selectivity can be estimated...

  3. Climate change vulnerability of native and alien freshwater fishes of California: a systematic assessment approach.

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    Moyle, Peter B; Kiernan, Joseph D; Crain, Patrick K; Quiñones, Rebecca M

    2013-01-01

    Freshwater fishes are highly vulnerable to human-caused climate change. Because quantitative data on status and trends are unavailable for most fish species, a systematic assessment approach that incorporates expert knowledge was developed to determine status and future vulnerability to climate change of freshwater fishes in California, USA. The method uses expert knowledge, supported by literature reviews of status and biology of the fishes, to score ten metrics for both (1) current status of each species (baseline vulnerability to extinction) and (2) likely future impacts of climate change (vulnerability to extinction). Baseline and climate change vulnerability scores were derived for 121 native and 43 alien fish species. The two scores were highly correlated and were concordant among different scorers. Native species had both greater baseline and greater climate change vulnerability than did alien species. Fifty percent of California's native fish fauna was assessed as having critical or high baseline vulnerability to extinction whereas all alien species were classified as being less or least vulnerable. For vulnerability to climate change, 82% of native species were classified as highly vulnerable, compared with only 19% for aliens. Predicted climate change effects on freshwater environments will dramatically change the fish fauna of California. Most native fishes will suffer population declines and become more restricted in their distributions; some will likely be driven to extinction. Fishes requiring cold water (droughts and physiologically stressful conditions present in most waterways during summer. Our method has high utility for predicting vulnerability to climate change of diverse fish species. It should be useful for setting conservation priorities in many different regions. PMID:23717503

  4. [Fish-based assessment methods for the ecological status of aquatic systems].

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    Tancioni, Lorenzo; Scardi, Michele; Cataudella, Stefano

    2005-01-01

    A short overview of fish-based assessment methods for aquatic systems is presented. Multimetric indices, as, e.g., the index of biotic integrity (IBI), firstly developed in USA and later adapted for European river basins and other countries, are shortly described. Non-multimetric indices are also discussed, e.g. the ichthyological index (II) and the index of ecological status of fish communities (ISECI), both proposed for monitoring Italian rivers. Moreover, statistical and predicting methods based on machine learning techniques are described. Finally, a new approach for developing standardised fish-based methods useful to assess ecological status of Italian rivers is proposed. Although rather complex, the use of bony fish in biomonitoring is promising and requires a multidisciplinary approach to be adopted. PMID:16552132

  5. Stream fishes and desirable fish stocks

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    Dieperink, C.; Sand-Jensen, K.

    Freshwater fi sh communities have always been valuable resources for society, particularly the species that migrate between freshwater and the sea. Historically, eel, salmon and trout were so abundant that good fi shing luck could turn a capable fi sherman into a wealthy person. Unfortunately, mi...

  6. Techniques to Assess Fish Productivity in Aquaculture Farms and Small Fisheries: An Overview of Algebraic Methods

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    G.M. Soto-Zarazua

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The main goal of aquaculture and small fisheries is the bioaccumulation of chemical elements in edible tissue. Fish, shellfish, decapods and/or algae are commonly cultivated organisms in marine and freshwater aquaculture systems. Total biomass is the best indicator of production system performance. However, due to the high variation of technologies and methods used in aquaculture, special techniques are required to make thorough studies. The present study is a summary of algebraic fish biometric techniques to assess fish biomass production. Numerical computations were carried out for didactical purposes.

  7. ASSESSING HEAVY METALS IN THE WATERS, FISH AND MACROINVERTEBRATES IN MANILA BAY, PHILIPPINES

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    ARNOLD HALLARE; JOSEFINA DE JESUS; ELENA RAGRAGIO; TESSA PAULA ALCANTARA; KRISTINE JOY MARTILLANO; GLENN SIA SU; GLICERIA RAMOS

    2009-01-01

    This study assessed the heavy metals particularly total cadmium, total lead and total chromium in the waters, fish and macroinvertebrates in Manila Bay, Philippines. The heavy metals monitoring in the waters of Manila Bay were carried out for six consecutive months, September to February of 2007-2008, covering both wet and dry periods. The collection of fishes and macroinvertebrates in this investigation lasted from September to November 2007. Results showed that the heavy metals particular...

  8. Some population parameters as bioindicators to assess the "reserve effect" on the fish assemblage

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    Bayle-Sempere, Just T.; Ramos-Esplá, Alfonso A.

    1993-01-01

    Four population parameters were studied to use them as bioindicators to assess the effect of protection on the fish assemblage. Abundance and diversity were poor correlated with protection. Richness and size were more correlated with it, being suitable to assess more efficiently the "reserve effet". Some targeted species exhibited strong correlation with protection.

  9. Assessment of end-use electricity consumption and peak demand by Townsville's housing stock

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    We have developed a comprehensive model to estimate annual end-use electricity consumption and peak demand of housing stock, considering occupants' use of air conditioning systems and major appliances. The model was applied to analyse private dwellings in Townsville, Australia's largest tropical city. For the financial year (FY) 2010–11 the predicted results agreed with the actual electricity consumption with an error less than 10% for cooling thermostat settings at the standard setting temperature of 26.5 °C and at 1.0 °C higher than the standard setting. The greatest difference in monthly electricity consumption in the summer season between the model and the actual data decreased from 21% to 2% when the thermostat setting was changed from 26.5 °C to 27.5 °C. Our findings also showed that installation of solar panels in Townville houses could reduce electricity demand from the grid and would have a minor impact on the yearly peak demand. A key new feature of the model is that it can be used to predict probability distribution of energy demand considering (a) that appliances may be used randomly and (b) the way people use thermostats. The peak demand for the FY estimated from the probability distribution tracked the actual peak demand at 97% confidence level. - Highlights: • We developed a model to estimate housing stock energy consumption and peak demand. • Appliances used randomly and thermostat settings for space cooling were considered. • On-site installation of solar panels was also considered. • Its' results agree well with the actual electricity consumption and peak demand. • It shows the model could provide the probability distribution of electricity demand

  10. Oil exploration in new offshore fields. Fish larvae as the critical component in the assessment of potential consequenses for the fish resources

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    Føyn, Lars; Serigstad, Bjørn

    1988-01-01

    The effects of oil and other pollutants on fish larvae are depending both on species and age/weight/length of the larvae. Critical factors in an assessment of consequenses of oil activities on fish resources are both the sensitivity of the species as well as the timing of and the distribution in the marine environment of the sensitive stages.

  11. Assessing Ecological Water Quality with Macroinvertebrates and Fish: A Case Study from a Small Mediterranean River

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    Cheimonopoulou, Maria Th.; Bobori, Dimitra C.; Theocharopoulos, Ioannis; Lazaridou, Maria

    2011-02-01

    Biological elements, such as benthic macroinvertebrates and fish, have been used in assessing the ecological quality of rivers according to the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. However, the concurrent use of multiple organism groups provides a broader perspective for such evaluations, since each biological element may respond differently to certain environmental variables. In the present study, we assessed the ecological quality of a Greek river (RM4 type), during autumn 2003 and spring 2004 at 10 sites, with benthic macroinvertebrates and fish. Hydromorphological and physicochemical parameters, habitat structure, and riparian vegetation were also considered. Pollution sensitive macroinvertebrate taxa were more abundant at headwaters, which had good/excellent water quality according to the Hellenic Evaluation System (HES). The main river reaches possessed moderate water quality, while downstream sites were mainly characterised as having bad or poor water quality, dominated by pollution-tolerant macroinvertebrate taxa. Macroinvertebrates related strongly to local stressors as chemical degradation (ordination analysis CCA) and riparian quality impairment (bivariate analysis) while fish did not. Fish were absent from the severely impacted lower river reaches. Furthermore, external pathological signs were observed in fish caught at certain sites. A combined use of both macroinvertebrates and fish in biomonitoring programs is proposed for providing a safer assessment of local and regional habitat impairment.

  12. Life Cycle Assessment of Fish Culture in Thailand: Case Study of Nile Tilapia and Striped Catfish

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    Full Text Available This study was aimed to assess environmental impacts of fish culturing in Thailand using life cycle assessment (LCA method. The scope was a cradle-to-gate study of red nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus and striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus. The impact assessment method of CML Baseline 2000 was applied to evaluate the impacts in the categories of abiotic depletion, acidification and global warming. The impacts of red nile tilapia were 3-4 times higher than those of striped catfish. The global warming potential of red nile tilapia was 2.96 kg CO2 eq, where as that of striped catfish was 1.01 kg CO2 eq. The feeds, especially fish meal, were the main impact contributors. Small replacement of fish meal with soybean meal while maintaining the growth rate of the fish was possible. This leaded to slightly decrease in the environmental impacts. The environmental performance of fish meal itself should be improved in order to reduce the impacts from fish culture.

  13. Blood chemistry profile of Surubim hybrid fish (Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum X P. corruscans) raised in different stocking densities / Perfil bioquímico do híbrido de Surubim (Pseudoplatystoma reticulatum X P. corruscans) criado em diferentes densidades

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    Carla Rosa, Labarrère; Paulo Mário Carvalho de, Faria; Edgar de Alencar, Teixeira; Marília Martins, Melo.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Dentre os sistemas de produção, o de recirculação de água impõe desafios para os animais que podem ser capazes de alterar o seu equilíbrio homeostático, afetando o índice de desempenho. Por conseguinte, os níveis de ions e enzimas séricas podem ser utilizados como indicadores de saúde dos peixes. Ne [...] ste estudo, objetivo-se analisar o perfil de bioquímico do sangue do híbrido de Surubim (P. reticulatum X P. corruscans), submetido a diferentes densidades de estocagem em sistema de recirculação de água, em duas fases distintas de produção, de 150 a 400 g (primeiro ensaio) e, 400 a 1000 g (segundo ensaio). No primeiro ensaio, as cinco densidades de estocagem estudadas foram: 27,5, 47,5, 67,5, 87,5 e 107,5 peixes/m³ de água. Para a obtenção dessas densidades foram utilizados 11, 19, 27, 35 e 43 peixes por tanque, respectivamente. No segundo ensaio, as cinco densidades de estocagem estudadas foram: 10, 20, 30, 40 e 50 peixes/m³ de água. Para a obtenção dessas densidades foram utilizados 4, 8, 12, 16 e 20 peixes por tanque, respectivamente. As concentrações de glicose, colesterol, triglicérides, ureia, creatinina, fosfatase alcalina (FA), aspartato aminotransferase (AST), desidrogenase lática (LDH), cálcio, fósforo, potássio e magnésio foram avaliadas. Apenas as concentrações de ureia no primeiro ensaio e FA e AST no segundo ensaio foram influenciadas pela densidade de estocagem, apresentando uma diferença significativa entre os grupos. Assim, em ambos os ensaios, o Surubim híbrido manteve a homeostase do sangue em diferentes densidades. Abstract in english Massive production, such as fish growing in water recirculation system, imposes challenges to animals capable of altering their homeostatic balance, and is able to affect their physiological performance. Therefore, the levels of ions and serum enzymes can be used as indicators of fish health. This s [...] tudy aimed to analyze the blood biochemistry profile of hybrid surubim (P. reticulatum X P. corruscans) submitted to different stocking densities in water recirculation system, in two distinct stages of production, from 150 to 400 g (first trial), and 400 to 1000 g (second trial). In the first trial, the five stocking rates were: 27.5, 47.5, 67.5, 87.5 and 107.5 fish/m³ of water. To obtain these densities, it was used 11, 19, 27, 35 and 43 fish per tank, respectively. In the second trial, five stocking rates were: 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 fish/m³ of water. To obtain these densities we used 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 fish per tank, respectively. The concentrations of glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, creatinine, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium were obtained. Only urea concentrations in first trial and ALP and AST concentrations in second trial were influenced by stocking density, presenting a significant difference between groups. Thus, in both trials the hybrid fish studied maintained homeostasis when reared in different stocking densities.

  14. Mercury contamination in human hair and fish from Cambodia: levels, specific accumulation and risk assessment

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    Agusa, Tetsuro [Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Bunkyo-cho 2-5, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kunito, Takashi [Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, 3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-8621 (Japan); Iwata, Hisato [Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Bunkyo-cho 2-5, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Monirith, In [Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Bunkyo-cho 2-5, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Tana, Touch Seang [Social and Cultural Observation Unit (OBSES) of the Cabinet of the Council of Ministers, Phnom Penh (Cambodia); Subramanian, Annamalai [Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Bunkyo-cho 2-5, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Tanabe, Shinsuke [Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES), Ehime University, Bunkyo-cho 2-5, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan)]. E-mail: shinsuke@agr.ehime-u.ac.jp

    2005-03-01

    Mercury (Hg) concentrations in human hair and fish samples from Phnom Penh, Kien Svay, Tomnup Rolork and Batrong, Cambodia, collected in November 1999 and December 2000 were determined to understand the status of contamination, and age- and sex-dependent accumulation in humans and to assess the intake of mercury via fish consumption. Mercury concentrations in human hair ranged from 0.54 to 190 {mu}g/g dry wt. About 3% of the samples contained Hg levels exceeding the no observed adverse effects level (NOAEL) of WHO (50 {mu}g/g) and the levels in some hair samples of women also exceeded the NOAEL (10 {mu}g/g) associated with fetus neurotoxicity. A weak but significant positive correlation was observed between age and Hg levels in hair of residents. Mercury concentrations in muscle of marine and freshwater fish from Cambodia ranged from <0.01 to 0.96 {mu}g/g wet wt. Mercury intake rates were estimated on the basis of the Hg content in fish and daily fish consumption. Three samples of marine fish including sharp-tooth snapper and obtuse barracuda, and one sample of sharp-tooth snapper exceeded the guidelines by US EPA and by Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), respectively, which indicates that some fish specimens examined (9% and 3% for US EPA and JECFA guidelines, respectively) were hazardous for consumption at the ingestion rate of Cambodian people (32.6 g/day). It is suggested that fish is probably the main source of Hg for Cambodian people. However, extremely high Hg concentrations were observed in some individuals and could not be explained by Hg intake from fish consumption, indicating some other contamination sources of Hg in Cambodia. - A source other than fish may be responsible for high Hg in some Cambodians.

  15. Mercury contamination in human hair and fish from Cambodia: levels, specific accumulation and risk assessment

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    Mercury (Hg) concentrations in human hair and fish samples from Phnom Penh, Kien Svay, Tomnup Rolork and Batrong, Cambodia, collected in November 1999 and December 2000 were determined to understand the status of contamination, and age- and sex-dependent accumulation in humans and to assess the intake of mercury via fish consumption. Mercury concentrations in human hair ranged from 0.54 to 190 ?g/g dry wt. About 3% of the samples contained Hg levels exceeding the no observed adverse effects level (NOAEL) of WHO (50 ?g/g) and the levels in some hair samples of women also exceeded the NOAEL (10 ?g/g) associated with fetus neurotoxicity. A weak but significant positive correlation was observed between age and Hg levels in hair of residents. Mercury concentrations in muscle of marine and freshwater fish from Cambodia ranged from <0.01 to 0.96 ?g/g wet wt. Mercury intake rates were estimated on the basis of the Hg content in fish and daily fish consumption. Three samples of marine fish including sharp-tooth snapper and obtuse barracuda, and one sample of sharp-tooth snapper exceeded the guidelines by US EPA and by Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), respectively, which indicates that some fish specimens examined (9% and 3% for US EPA and JECFA guidelines, respectively) were hazardous for consumption at the ingestion rate of Cambodian people (32.6 g/day). It is suggested that fish is probably the main source of Hg for Cambodian people. However, extremely high Hg concentrations were observed in some individuals and could not be explained by Hg intake from fish consumption, indicating some other contamination sources of Hg in Cambodia. - A source other than fish may be responsible for high Hg in some Cambodians

  16. Recruitment, sustainable yield and possible ecological consequences of the sharp decline of the anchovy (Engraulis japonicus) stock in the Yellow Sea in the 1990s

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    Zhao , X.; Hamre, Johannes; Li, F.

    2003-01-01

    Natural mortality, stock–recruitment relationship and sustainable yield of the anchovy (Engraulis japonicus) stock in the Yellow Sea were estimated based on acoustic assessments of the wintering anchovy stock from 1987 to 2002. The stock-recruitment relationship was estimated to be: R = 151.1 × SSB × e?0.299·SSB, where R is given in billion fish and SSB is in million tons. The optimum sustainable yield of anchovy was estimated at 520 000 tons for the period 1987–2002. The ecological consequen...

  17. Implications of fisheries during the spawning season for the sustainable management and recovery of depleted fish stocks: life history characteristics of several North Sea species

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    Overzee, H.M.J., van; Rijnsdorp, A. D.

    2009-01-01

    Fish traders and NGOs have put the idea forward that in order to not disturb the spawning process and hence improve the reproductive success of a fish population one should stop fishing during the spawning period. This idea has resulted in the project “Vis & Seizoen”. Within this project a theoretical framework is being developed to examine the possible effect of fishing during the spawning season. This is the first report within the project. It presents a summary of the life history characte...

  18. Risk–benefit evaluation of fish from Chinese markets: Nutrients and contaminants in 24 fish species from five big cities and related assessment for human health

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    The risks and benefits of fish from markets in Chinese cities have not previously been fully evaluated. In the present study, 24 common fish species with more than 400 individual samples were collected from markets from five big Chinese cities in 2007. The main nutrients and contaminants were measured and the risk–benefit was evaluated based on recommended nutrient intakes and risk level criteria set by relevant authorities. The comprehensive effects of nutrients and contaminants in marine oily fish were also evaluated using the data of two related human dietary intervention trials performed in dyslipidemic Chinese men and women in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The results showed that concentrations of contaminants analyzed including DDT, PCB7, arsenic and cadmium were much lower than their corresponding maximum limits with the exception of the mercury concentration in common carp. Concentrations of POPs and n-3 LCPUFA, mainly EPA and DHA, were positively associated with the lipid content of the fish. With a daily intake of 80–100 g marine oily fish, the persistent organic pollutants in fish would not counteract the beneficial effects of n-3 LCPUFA in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk markers. Marine oily fish provided more effective protection against CVD than lean fish, particularly for the dyslipidemic populations. The risk–benefit assessment based on the present daily aquatic product intake in Chinese urban residents (44.9 and 62.3 g for the average values for all cities and big cities, respectively) indicated that fish, particularly marine oily fish, can be regularly consumed to achieve optimal nutritional benefits from n-3 LCPUFA, without causing significant contaminant-related health risks. However, the potential health threat from contaminants in fish should still be emphasized for the populations consuming large quantities of fish, particularly wild fish. - Highlights: ? We collected 24 fish species with more than 400 individual samples from five big Chinese cities. ? The health risk–benefit was evaluated based on the nutrients and contaminants content in fish. ? Two human trials were performed to evaluate the effects of contaminated fish on CVD prevalence. ? Contaminants in these fish couldn't alleviate the benefits of fish n-3 LCPUFA in CVD prevention. ? These fish in China can be regularly consumed without causing contaminant-related health risks.

  19. Risk-benefit evaluation of fish from Chinese markets: Nutrients and contaminants in 24 fish species from five big cities and related assessment for human health

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    Du, Zhen-Yu, E-mail: zdu@nifes.no [National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), N-5817 Bergen (Norway); Zhang, Jian [National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), N-5817 Bergen (Norway); Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, 100050 (China); Department of Biomedicine, University of Bergen (Norway); Wang, Chunrong; Li, Lixiang; Man, Qingqing [Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, 100050 (China); Lundebye, Anne-Katrine; Froyland, Livar [National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), N-5817 Bergen (Norway)

    2012-02-01

    The risks and benefits of fish from markets in Chinese cities have not previously been fully evaluated. In the present study, 24 common fish species with more than 400 individual samples were collected from markets from five big Chinese cities in 2007. The main nutrients and contaminants were measured and the risk-benefit was evaluated based on recommended nutrient intakes and risk level criteria set by relevant authorities. The comprehensive effects of nutrients and contaminants in marine oily fish were also evaluated using the data of two related human dietary intervention trials performed in dyslipidemic Chinese men and women in 2008 and 2010, respectively. The results showed that concentrations of contaminants analyzed including DDT, PCB{sub 7}, arsenic and cadmium were much lower than their corresponding maximum limits with the exception of the mercury concentration in common carp. Concentrations of POPs and n-3 LCPUFA, mainly EPA and DHA, were positively associated with the lipid content of the fish. With a daily intake of 80-100 g marine oily fish, the persistent organic pollutants in fish would not counteract the beneficial effects of n-3 LCPUFA in reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk markers. Marine oily fish provided more effective protection against CVD than lean fish, particularly for the dyslipidemic populations. The risk-benefit assessment based on the present daily aquatic product intake in Chinese urban residents (44.9 and 62.3 g for the average values for all cities and big cities, respectively) indicated that fish, particularly marine oily fish, can be regularly consumed to achieve optimal nutritional benefits from n-3 LCPUFA, without causing significant contaminant-related health risks. However, the potential health threat from contaminants in fish should still be emphasized for the populations consuming large quantities of fish, particularly wild fish. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We collected 24 fish species with more than 400 individual samples from five big Chinese cities. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The health risk-benefit was evaluated based on the nutrients and contaminants content in fish. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two human trials were performed to evaluate the effects of contaminated fish on CVD prevalence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Contaminants in these fish couldn't alleviate the benefits of fish n-3 LCPUFA in CVD prevention. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These fish in China can be regularly consumed without causing contaminant-related health risks.

  20. It is the economy, stupid! Projecting the fate of fish populations using ecological-economic modeling.

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    Quaas, Martin F; Reusch, Thorsten B H; Schmidt, Jörn O; Tahvonen, Olli; Voss, Rudi

    2016-01-01

    Four marine fish species are among the most important on the world market: cod, salmon, tuna, and sea bass. While the supply of North American and European markets for two of these species - Atlantic salmon and European sea bass - mainly comes from fish farming, Atlantic cod and tunas are mainly caught from wild stocks. We address the question what will be the status of these wild stocks in the midterm future, in the year 2048, to be specific. Whereas the effects of climate change and ecological driving forces on fish stocks have already gained much attention, our prime interest is in studying the effects of changing economic drivers, as well as the impact of variable management effectiveness. Using a process-based ecological-economic multispecies optimization model, we assess the future stock status under different scenarios of change. We simulate (i) technological progress in fishing, (ii) increasing demand for fish, and (iii) increasing supply of farmed fish, as well as the interplay of these driving forces under different scenarios of (limited) fishery management effectiveness. We find that economic change has a substantial effect on fish populations. Increasing aquaculture production can dampen the fishing pressure on wild stocks, but this effect is likely to be overwhelmed by increasing demand and technological progress, both increasing fishing pressure. The only solution to avoid collapse of the majority of stocks is institutional change to improve management effectiveness significantly above the current state. We conclude that full recognition of economic drivers of change will be needed to successfully develop an integrated ecosystem management and to sustain the wild fish stocks until 2048 and beyond. PMID:26348787

  1. Evaluation of otolith shape as a tool for stock discrimination in marine fishes using Baltic Sea cod as a case study

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    Hüssy, Karin; Mosegaard, Henrik

    2016-01-01

    In the Western Baltic Sea two genetically distinct cod stocks “Eastern Baltic cod” and “Western Balticcod” occur with considerable mixing of stocks. In this study we evaluated the applicability of otolithshape analysis for classification of individuals caught in the mixed stock cod fishery, using SNP (singlenucleotide polymorphism) based genetic assignment of otolith shape baselines. We further developeda management aimed approach for mixed stock assignment by robust stochastic baseline selection andposterior bias correction by individual reassignment of the least likely classifications into the alternatestock. Classification criteria selected by Monte Carlo runs of Linear Discriminant Analysis were capturedby otolith area and 20 Elliptic Fourier Descriptors of primarily low frequency harmonics. Classificationsuccess was considerably lower when using a baseline of spawning individuals only, compared to thebetter spatial coverage of a combined baseline also including genotyped individuals from the mixed stockarea. Furthermore, the inclusion of genotyped individuals balanced the baseline size composition and toa large extent removed a strong size related bias in classification success. These results demonstrate theinterplay of environmental, ontogenetic and genetic influences on otolith shape, which complicates theapplication of otolith shape for stock discrimination in mixed-stock scenarios. Rigours genetic validationand further studies on the temporal dynamics of shape formation are necessary.

  2. Impact of entrainment and impingement on fish populations in the Hudson River Estuary. Volume II. Impingement impact analyses, evaluations of alternative screening devices, and critiques of utility testimony relating to density-dependent growth, the age-composition of the striped bass spawning stock, and the LMS real-time life cycle model

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    This volume includes a series of four exhibits relating to impacts of impingement on fish populations, together with a collection of critical evaluations of testimony prepared for the utilities by their consultants. The first exhibit is a quantitative evaluation of four sources of bias (collection efficiency, reimpingement, impingement on inoperative screens, and impingement survival) affecting estimates of the number of fish killed at Hudson River power plants. The two following exhibits contain, respectively, a detailed assessment of the impact of impingement on the Hudson River white perch population and estimates of conditional impingement mortality rates for seven Hudson River fish populations. The fourth exhibit is an evaluation of the engineering feasibility and potential biological effectiveness of several types of modified intake structures proposed as alternatives to cooling towers for reducing impingement impacts. The remainder of Volume II consists of critical evaluations of the utilities' empirical evidence for the existence of density-dependent growth in young-of-the-year striped bass and white perch, of their estimate of the age-composition of the striped bass spawning stock in the Hudson River, and of their use of the Lawler, Matusky, and Skelly (LMS) Real-Time Life Cycle Model to estimate the impact of entrainment and impingement on the Hudson River striped bass population

  3. Impact of entrainment and impingement on fish populations in the Hudson River Estuary. Volume II. Impingement impact analyses, evaluations of alternative screening devices, and critiques of utility testimony relating to density-dependent growth, the age-composition of the striped bass spawning stock, and the LMS real-time life cycle model

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    Barnthouse, L. W.; Van Winkle, W.; Golumbek, J.; Cada, G. F.; Goodyear, C. P.; Christensen, S. W.; Cannon, J. B.; Lee, D. W.

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    This volume includes a series of four exhibits relating to impacts of impingement on fish populations, together with a collection of critical evaluations of testimony prepared for the utilities by their consultants. The first exhibit is a quantitative evaluation of four sources of bias (collection efficiency, reimpingement, impingement on inoperative screens, and impingement survival) affecting estimates of the number of fish killed at Hudson River power plants. The two following exhibits contain, respectively, a detailed assessment of the impact of impingement on the Hudson River white perch population and estimates of conditional impingement mortality rates for seven Hudson River fish populations. The fourth exhibit is an evaluation of the engineering feasibility and potential biological effectiveness of several types of modified intake structures proposed as alternatives to cooling towers for reducing impingement impacts. The remainder of Volume II consists of critical evaluations of the utilities' empirical evidence for the existence of density-dependent growth in young-of-the-year striped bass and white perch, of their estimate of the age-composition of the striped bass spawning stock in the Hudson River, and of their use of the Lawler, Matusky, and Skelly (LMS) Real-Time Life Cycle Model to estimate the impact of entrainment and impingement on the Hudson River striped bass population.

  4. The State of In Vitro Science for Use in Bioaccumulation Assessments for Fish

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    Weisbrod, Anne V.; Sahi, Jasminder; Segner, Helmut; James, Margaret O.; Nichols, John W.; Schultz, Irvin R.; Erhardt, Susan; Cowan-Ellsberry, Christina; Bonnell, Mark; Hoeger, Birgit

    2009-01-01

    Through the concerted evaluations of thousands of commercial substances for the qualities of persistence, bioaccumulation, and toxicity as a result of the United Nations Environment Program’s Stockholm Convention, it has become apparent that fewer empirical data are available on bioaccumulation than other endpoints and that bioaccumulation models were not designed to accommodate all chemical classes. Due to the number of chemicals that may require further assessment, in vivo testing is cost prohibitive and discouraged due to the large number of animals needed. Although in vitro systems are less developed and characterized for fish, multiple high-throughput in vitro assays have been used to explore the dietary uptake and elimination of pharmaceuticals and other xenobiotics by mammals. While similar processes determine bioaccumulation in mammalian species, a review of methods to measure chemical bioavailability in fish screening systems, such as chemical biotransformation or metabolism in tissue slices, perfused tissues, fish embryos, primary and immortalized cell lines, and subcellular fractions, suggest quantitative and qualitative differences between fish and mammals exist. Using in vitro data in assessments for whole organisms or populations requires certain considerations and assumptions to scale data from a test tube to a fish, and across fish species. Also, different models may incorporate the predominant site of metabolism, such as the liver, and significant presystemic metabolism by the gill or gastrointestinal system to help accurately convert in vitro data into representative whole-animal metabolism and subsequent bioaccumulation potential. The development of animal alternative tests for fish bioaccumulation assessment is framed in the context of in vitro data requirements for regulatory assessments in Europe and Canada.

  5. Modeling the stochastic dynamics of the aggregate stock in collapsed fisheries: The case of the Northern cod stock

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    Maroto Fernández, José María; Morán Cabré, Manuel

    2013-01-01

    Motivated by the evidence that many collapsed stocks have failed to recover despite the fact that fishing mortality has been reduced, or even when a moratorium is in effect, we develop a methodological approach using splines to analyze the stochastic population dynamics of fish stocks at low stock levels. Considering the aggregate Northern cod stock by way of illustration, we find that the species’ lack of recovery, despite the moratorium which still remains in force, is consistent with the h...

  6. Fishing industry borrows from natural capital at high shadow interest rates

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    Martin F. Quaas; Froese, Rainer; Herwartz, Helmut; Requate, Till; Jörn O. Schmidt; Voss, Rüdiger

    2012-01-01

    Fish stocks can be considered as natural capital stocks providing harvestable fish. Fishing at low stock sizes means borrowing from the natural asset. While fishing a particular quantity generates immediate profits and income, an interest rate has to be paid in terms of foregone future fishing income, as the fish stock's reproductive capacity remains low and fishing costs stay high. In this paper we propose to apply the concept of shadowinterest rate to quantify the degree of overfishing. It ...

  7. Flavour and hydrocarbon assessment of fish from gas fields in the Southern North Sea

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    Parker, J.G. (Shell Exploration and Production, Aberdeen (GB)); Howgate, P.; Mackie, P.R.; McGill, A.S. (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Aberdeen (GB). Torry Research Lab.)

    1990-01-01

    Plaice (pleuronectes platessa), dab (Limanda limanda) and sole (Solea solea), caught by netting in the vicinity of selected Southern North Sea gas production platforms, were assessed by an expert sensory panel for possible taint (atypical flavour). Selected samples of fish tissue and sediment were analysed for n-alkanes. Any atypical flavours detected were classed as 'slight' on the scale used and were found in fish from both platform and reference sites. The incidence of these flavours, but not the mean intensity in affected fish differed between platform sites. When selected fish were assessed specifically for 'oily' flavour, only one fish was considered to have a 'slight' oily flavour. The levels of flavour detected by the expert panel were close to the detection thresholds; it is unlikely they would be detected by the untrained consumer. None of the flavours detected were attributable directly to platform operations. Increased levels of petrogenic hydrocarbons in fish from platform sites were found but these levels were not associated with any impairment of flavour. (author).

  8. Statistical assessment of fish behavior from split-beam hydro-acoustic sampling

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    Statistical methods are presented for using echo-traces from split-beam hydro-acoustic sampling to assess fish behavior in response to a stimulus. The data presented are from a study designed to assess the response of free-ranging, lake-resident fish, primarily kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to high intensity strobe lights, and was conducted at Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in Northern Washington State. The lights were deployed immediately upstream from the turbine intakes, in a region exposed to daily alternating periods of high and low flows. The study design included five down-looking split-beam transducers positioned in a line at incremental distances upstream from the strobe lights, and treatments applied in randomized pseudo-replicate blocks. Statistical methods included the use of odds-ratios from fitted loglinear models. Fish-track velocity vectors were modeled using circular probability distributions. Both analyses are depicted graphically. Study results suggest large increases of fish activity in the presence of the strobe lights, most notably at night and during periods of low flow. The lights also induced notable bimodality in the angular distributions of the fish track velocity vectors. Statistical/SUMmaries are presented along with interpretations on fish behavior

  9. Fish orientation along the longitudinal profile of the ?ímov reservoir during daytime: Consequences for horizontal acoustic surveys.

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    Tušer, Michal; Kube?ka, Jan; Frouzová, Jaroslava; Jarolím, Old?ich

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 96, ?. 1 (2009), s. 23-29. ISSN 0165-7836. [ Fish Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs: Towards the true picture of fish stock. ?eské Bud?jovice, 11.09.2007-15.09.2007] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/07/1392; GA AV ?R(CZ) IAA600170502 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : acoustics * fish orientation * fish aspect * freshwater * canyon-shaped reservoir * daytime Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.531, year: 2009

  10. Challenges in Assessing the Effects of Experimental Flow Regimes from Glen Canyon Dam on Fine Sediment Storage and Native Fish Populations in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

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    Melis, T.; Korman, J.; Walters, C. J.

    2002-12-01

    The Colorado River ecosystem between Glen Canyon Dam (GCD) and upper Lake Mead, Arizona, provides a unique opportunity to test various ideas about river management and the use of adaptive management experiments to help resolve scientific uncertainties about best management practices. Beginning in the early 1990's, a variety of experimental discharge regimes from GCD have been implemented including the well-publicized 1996 controlled flood and the costly 2000 steady flow experiment (ca. \\$21 million in lost power revenues). The experimental flows and the extensive monitoring, research, and modeling efforts have focused on quantifying the effects of flow on the storage of fine sediment in the Marble and Grand Canyon reaches of the Colorado River and on the survival and growth of native fish, with an emphasis on the endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha). Analysis of sediment and flow discharge data from natural hydrologic events and experimental flows has been more helpful in formulating current flow management regimes focused on sediment retention than results from single and multi-dimensional sediment transport models. Inferences from historical analyses have been limited by the resolution of sediment transport data, while inferences from multi-dimensional models have been limited by difficulties in scaling-up site specific results to reaches that are 10's to 100's of km long. Evaluation of the status and trends of exotic and native fish populations in Grand Canyon is highly uncertain because of the difficulties of conducting representative catch-per-unit-effort sampling in a large and turbid river with very difficult access, and because of multi-year delays associated with mark-recapture data. Application of stock assessment modeling procedures, originally developed for managing commercial fisheries, has been helpful for estimating population trends from the historical fisheries data, but not sufficient to resolve whether declines in native fish populations have been caused by the increasing abundance of exotic fishes, dam operations, or a combination of the two. Our ability to detect fish population responses to future experimental flows is weak in spite of the lessons learned from stock assessment modeling and expanded monitoring efforts. In contrast, near-term experimental flows proposed for 2002 through 2004 will likely be highly informative for distinguishing among alternate hypotheses about the response of sediment storage to dam operations.

  11. Life Cycle Assessment of Fish Culture in Thailand: Case Study of Nile Tilapia and Striped Catfish

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    Patcharaporn Pongpat; Rungnapa Tongpool

    2013-01-01

    This study was aimed to assess environmental impacts of fish culturing in Thailand using life cycle assessment (LCA) method. The scope was a cradle-to-gate study of red nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus). The impact assessment method of CML Baseline 2000 was applied to evaluate the impacts in the categories of abiotic depletion, acidification and global warming. The impacts of red nile tilapia were 3-4 times higher than those of striped catf...

  12. Heavy metal bioaccumulation and health hazard assessment for three fish species from Nansi Lake, China.

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    Li, Pengfei; Zhang, Jian; Xie, Huijun; Liu, Cui; Liang, Shuang; Ren, Yangang; Wang, Wenxing

    2015-04-01

    Metal accumulation in fish is a global public health concern, because the consumption of contaminated fish accounts for the primary exposure of humans to toxic metals. In this study, the concentrations of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), and mercury (Hg) in Crucian carp (Carassius auratus),Yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco), and Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) from Nansi Lake of China were evaluated, and compared with the corresponding historical values in 2001 when the government started to govern water environment effectively. Bioaccumulation of heavy metal was highest in P.fulvidraco, followed by C.auratus and H.nobilis. The concentrations of Pb, As, Cd were much lower than the historical values, but Hg concentration was higher, suggesting that heavy metal pollution problem in fish from Nansi Lake still exists. Health hazard assessment showed no health risk from exposure to Pb, As, Cd, and Hg by consuming fish from this lake. PMID:25636438

  13. Assessment of the Impact of Extension Services on Fish Farming in Ekiti State, Nigeria

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    Agbebi, F. O.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The study was carried out to assess the impact of access to extension services on fish farming in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Specifically, the study investigated the socio – economic characteristics of fish farmers, information disseminated to fish farmers, attributes of extension agents, and farmers’ access to extension services and farmers profitability. A well-structured questionnaire was used to collect information from the farmers and a sample size of 90 fish farmers was selected from the six local government selected. Analysis of data was carried out using frequency and percentage tables and Gross Margin analysis was used to determine the profitability of the farmers. There was relationship between farmers’ access to extension services and their profitability. It was recommended that extension agents should intensify their efforts in reaching farmers and passing useful information to them in order to increase farmers’ profitability.

  14. Carbon stock assessment of two agroforestry systems in a tropical forest reserve in the Philippines

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    Lasco, R.D.; Sales, R.F.; Estrella, R.; Saplaco, S.R.; Castillo, A.S.A.; Cruz, R.V.O.; Pulhin, F.B. [University of Philippines Los Banos, Laguna (Philippines). College of Forestry & Natural Resources Environmental Forestry Programme

    2001-07-01

    Carbon dioxide is the most abundant greenhouse gas (GHG) that causes global warming. Thus, land uses such as an agroforestry system have a significant role in moderating climate change since they can be sources and sinks of carbon. The aim of the study was to generate data on the carbon stocks of two agroforestry systems, specifically a Gmelina arborea-Theobroma cacao multistorey system and an alley cropping system with Gliricidia sepium hedges at the agroforestry research and demonstration area inside a forest reserve in Southern Luzon, Philippines. The multistorey system had a mean biomass of 258 Mg C ha{sup -1} and a carbon density of 185 Mg C ha{sup -1}. Carbon was stored in the various pools in the following order of magnitude: soil > tree biomass (above-ground) > necromass > understorey vegetation > roots. The Gliricidia hedgerow had a biomass density of 3.8 Mg C ha{sup -1}; total carbon density was 93 Mg C ha{sup -1}, of which 92 Mg C ha{sup -1} was in the soil.

  15. Carbon stock assessment of three selected agroforestry systems in Bukidnon, Philippines

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    Mildred M. Labata

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Climate change, caused by global warming, is a phenomenon partly resulting from abundance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.It is the most pressing environmental problem of the world today. It persists, and it cannot be stopped. Rather, it can be mitigated. Agroforestrysystems as land use can reduce the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide. This study therefore aimed to generate data on the carbonstocks of three selected agroforestry systems located within the Province of Bukidnon. The methodologies used include measurement of treesat diameter breast height (dbh and sampling of herbaceous vegetation, litter, and soil for carbon content determination and farmer interview.Results showed that carbon accumulation of agroforestry systems goes along with the following order: taungya agroforestry system (174 MgCha-1 > mixed multistorey system (162 MgC ha-1 > falcata-coffee multistorey system (92 MgC ha-1. Carbon was stored in the various pools inthe following order of magnitude: soil (77-92% > trees (7-22% > herbaceous vegetation and litter (1%. Compared with natural forests, theseselected agroforestry systems represents 23-44% of the total carbon stock. Policy programs promoting the establishment of agroforestry systemsin idle lands in Bukidnon should be considered.

  16. Development and assessment of a physics-based simulation model to investigate residential PM2.5 infiltration across the US housing stock

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    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Population Impact Assessment Modeling Framework (PIAMF) was expanded to enable determination of indoor PM2.5 concentrations and exposures in a set of 50,000 homes representing the US housing stock. A mass-balance model is used to calculat...

  17. Human health risk assessment of organochlorines associated with fish consumption in a coastal city in China

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    Food consumption is an important route of human exposure to organochlorines (OCs). In order to assess the potential health risks associated with these contaminants due to fish consumption, five species of fish were collected from a local market in Zhoushan City, an island in the East China Sea. Dioxin-like compounds, such as polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/ dibenzofurans, in the fish samples were screened by H4IIE-luc cell bioassay, and the concentrations of specific organochlorines were measured by gas chromatograph-electron capture detector (GC-ECD). The bioassay results indicated that concentrations of dioxin-like compounds in the fish samples were below detection limit (0.64 pg/mL). The concentrations of OC pesticides and PCBs ranged from 0.67 to 13 and 0.24 to 1.4 ng/g wet wt., respectively. Significantly, concentrations of p,p'-DDE in fish meat were comparatively high (average 3.9 ng/g wet wt.) compared with the other OC pesticides. The daily fish consumption, based on a dietary survey conducted among 160 local healthy residents, was determined to be 105 g/person. The relevant cancer benchmark concentrations of HCB, dieldrin, chlordane, DDTs and PCBs were 0.36, 0.04, 1.6, 1.7, and 0.29 ng/kg per day, respectively, based on the local diet. The hazard ratios (HRs), based on non-cancer endpoints were all less than 1.0, while the HRs based on cancer were greater than 1.0 for certain contaminants based on the 95th centile concentration in fish tissue. - Health risk assessment of organochlorines associated with fish consumption reveals potential cancer risks for some contaminants in a coastal population in China

  18. Mercury contamination in human hair and fish from Cambodia: levels, specific accumulation and risk assessment.

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    Agusa, Tetsuro; Kunito, Takashi; Iwata, Hisato; Monirith, In; Tana, Touch Seang; Subramanian, Annamalai; Tanabe, Shinsuke

    2005-03-01

    Mercury (Hg) concentrations in human hair and fish samples from Phnom Penh, Kien Svay, Tomnup Rolork and Batrong, Cambodia, collected in November 1999 and December 2000 were determined to understand the status of contamination, and age- and sex-dependent accumulation in humans and to assess the intake of mercury via fish consumption. Mercury concentrations in human hair ranged from 0.54 to 190mug/g dry wt. About 3% of the samples contained Hg levels exceeding the no observed adverse effects level (NOAEL) of WHO (50mug/g) and the levels in some hair samples of women also exceeded the NOAEL (10mug/g) associated with fetus neurotoxicity. A weak but significant positive correlation was observed between age and Hg levels in hair of residents. Mercury concentrations in muscle of marine and freshwater fish from Cambodia ranged from <0.01 to 0.96mug/g wet wt. Mercury intake rates were estimated on the basis of the Hg content in fish and daily fish consumption. Three samples of marine fish including sharp-tooth snapper and obtuse barracuda, and one sample of sharp-tooth snapper exceeded the guidelines by US EPA and by Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), respectively, which indicates that some fish specimens examined (9% and 3% for US EPA and JECFA guidelines, respectively) were hazardous for consumption at the ingestion rate of Cambodian people (32.6g/day). It is suggested that fish is probably the main source of Hg for Cambodian people. However, extremely high Hg concentrations were observed in some individuals and could not be explained by Hg intake from fish consumption, indicating some other contamination sources of Hg in Cambodia. PMID:15572226

  19. An evaluation of multi-annual management strategies for ICES roundfish stocks

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    Kell, L.T.; Pilling, G.M.

    2006-01-01

    Current scientific management objectives for ICES roundfish stocks are to ensure conservation of the biological resource and do not explicitly consider economic or social objectives. For example, there are currently no objectives to maximize the sustainable yield or to reduce variability in total allowable catches (TACs). This is despite the fact that the current system can result in wide annual fluctuations in TAC, limiting the ability of the fishing industry to plan for the future. Therefore, this study evaluated management strategies that stabilized catches by setting bounds on the interannual variability in TACs. An integrated modelling framework was used, which simulated both the real and observed systems and the interactions between system components. This allowed the evaluation of candidate management strategies with respect to the intrinsic properties of the systems, as well as our ability to observe, monitor, assess, and control them. Strategies were evaluated in terms of risk (measured as the probability of spawning-stock biomass falling below a biomass threshold for the stock) and cumulative yield. In general, bounds on interannual TAC change of 10% and 20% affected the ability to achieve management targets, although the outcome of applying TAC bounds could not have been pre-judged because results were highly dependent on the specific biology of the stock, current status, and the interaction with assessment and management. For example, for North Sea haddock, management became less responsive to fluctuations resulting from large recruitment events. Simulated target fishing mortality levels were rarely achieved, regardless of the TAC bound applied, and actual fishing mortality rates oscillated around the target. In the longer term, more restrictive bounds resulted in oscillations of greater amplitude and wavelength in yield and SSB. Bounds had less effect when a stock was close to the biomass corresponding to the target F. Risk for stocks that are declining or currently at low abundance may be greater, because if bounds restrict the extent to which TACs can be reduced each year, they could lead to collapse of the stock and the loss of all future revenue. However, for a recovered stock or one at high abundance, the loss of yield as a result of bounds would be smaller than that caused by the total collapse of the fishery. At low stock size or if the stock was declining, catches should be changed more rapidly than when the stock was increasing or at a high level, especially high stock sizes acting as an insurance against uncertainty. Therefore, rebuilding strategies, and strategies aimed at maintaining the stock above prescribed limits, should be considered separately. (c) 2005 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Population dynamics and stock assessment for Octopus maya (Cephalopoda:Octopodidae) fishery in the Campeche Bank, Gulf of Mexico

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    Francisco, Arreguín-Sánchez; Manuel J, Solís -Ramírez; María E, González de la Rosa.

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Octopus maya es uno de los recursos pesqueros más importantes del Golfo de México, con rendimientos anuales promedio de 9 000 t, y constituye el 80% de la captura total, seguido por O. vulgaris. En la pesquería participan dos flotas artesanales sobre O. maya, y una de mediana altura capturando ambas [...] especies. Datos de frecuencia de longitudes de la captura para la temporada de pesca 1994 (Agosto 1° a Diciembre 15) fueron usados para analizar la dinámica poblacional y el estado de explotación de O. maya. Los parámetros del modelo de von Bertalanffy fueron: L° = 252 mm longitud de manto, K = 1.4 años-1, C = 1.0 y WP = 0.6, y tZ = 0.842 años. Una estimación inicial de la mortalidad natural fue M = 2.2, la mortalidad total Z = 8.77, y tasa de explotación F/Z = 0.75, lo cual sugiere una intensa explotación. El análisis de rendimiento por recluta indica que podría aumentarse la talla mínima legal para incrementar los rendimientos. El VPA indica un recurso explotado al límite de su capacidad biológica. Debido a que las hembras mueren después de la reproducción, una nueva estimación de mortalidad natural, M = 3.3, y tasa de explotación, F/Z = 0.57 fueron obtenidas, coincidiendo con los resultados del VPA basado en longitudes y el método de Thompson y Bell. Abstract in english The octopus (Octopus maya) is one of the most important fish resources in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico with a mean annual yield of 9000 ton, and a reasonable number of jobs created; O. maya represents 80% of the total octopus catch, followed by Octopus vulgaris. There are two artisanal fleets based on [...] Octopus maya and a middle-size fleet that covers both species. Catch-at-length structured data from the artisanal fleets, for the 1994 season (August 1st to December 15th) were used to analyze the O. maya population dynamics and stock and to estimate the current level of exploitation. Von Bertalanffy growth parameters were: L = 252 mm, mantle length; K=1.4 year -1; oscillation parameters C=1.0, WP=0.6; and tz=0.842 years. A rough estimate of natural mortality was M=2.2, total mortality from catch curve Z=8.77, and exploitation rate F/Z=0.75. This last value suggests an intensive exploitation, even when yield per recruit analysis indicates both fleets may increase the minimum legal size on about 10% to increase yields. The length-based VPA also shows that the stock is being exploited under its maximum acceptable biological limit. These apparently contradictory results are explained by biological and behavioral characteristics of this species. Because most females die after reproduction, a new gross estimation of natural mortality was computed as M=3.3. The new estimate of exploitation rate was F/Z=0.57. This new value coincides with results from the length-VPA and the Thompson and Bell methods, the former suggesting that a reduction of 20% in fishing mortality may provide larger yields. This fishery resource is fully exploited and current management measures must be revised to sustain and probably optimize yields.

  1. Population dynamics and stock assessment for Octopus maya (Cephalopoda:Octopodidae fishery in the Campeche Bank, Gulf of Mexico

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    Francisco Arreguín-Sánchez

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available The octopus (Octopus maya is one of the most important fish resources in the Mexican Gulf of Mexico with a mean annual yield of 9000 ton, and a reasonable number of jobs created; O. maya represents 80% of the total octopus catch, followed by Octopus vulgaris. There are two artisanal fleets based on Octopus maya and a middle-size fleet that covers both species. Catch-at-length structured data from the artisanal fleets, for the 1994 season (August 1st to December 15th were used to analyze the O. maya population dynamics and stock and to estimate the current level of exploitation. Von Bertalanffy growth parameters were: L = 252 mm, mantle length; K=1.4 year -1; oscillation parameters C=1.0, WP=0.6; and tz=0.842 years. A rough estimate of natural mortality was M=2.2, total mortality from catch curve Z=8.77, and exploitation rate F/Z=0.75. This last value suggests an intensive exploitation, even when yield per recruit analysis indicates both fleets may increase the minimum legal size on about 10% to increase yields. The length-based VPA also shows that the stock is being exploited under its maximum acceptable biological limit. These apparently contradictory results are explained by biological and behavioral characteristics of this species. Because most females die after reproduction, a new gross estimation of natural mortality was computed as M=3.3. The new estimate of exploitation rate was F/Z=0.57. This new value coincides with results from the length-VPA and the Thompson and Bell methods, the former suggesting that a reduction of 20% in fishing mortality may provide larger yields. This fishery resource is fully exploited and current management measures must be revised to sustain and probably optimize yields.Octopus maya es uno de los recursos pesqueros más importantes del Golfo de México, con rendimientos anuales promedio de 9 000 t, y constituye el 80% de la captura total, seguido por O. vulgaris. En la pesquería participan dos flotas artesanales sobre O. maya, y una de mediana altura capturando ambas especies. Datos de frecuencia de longitudes de la captura para la temporada de pesca 1994 (Agosto 1° a Diciembre 15 fueron usados para analizar la dinámica poblacional y el estado de explotación de O. maya. Los parámetros del modelo de von Bertalanffy fueron: L° = 252 mm longitud de manto, K = 1.4 años-1, C = 1.0 y WP = 0.6, y tZ = 0.842 años. Una estimación inicial de la mortalidad natural fue M = 2.2, la mortalidad total Z = 8.77, y tasa de explotación F/Z = 0.75, lo cual sugiere una intensa explotación. El análisis de rendimiento por recluta indica que podría aumentarse la talla mínima legal para incrementar los rendimientos. El VPA indica un recurso explotado al límite de su capacidad biológica. Debido a que las hembras mueren después de la reproducción, una nueva estimación de mortalidad natural, M = 3.3, y tasa de explotación, F/Z = 0.57 fueron obtenidas, coincidiendo con los resultados del VPA basado en longitudes y el método de Thompson y Bell.

  2. Wavelet Transform-Based Approach for Assess the Relationships between Stock Markets of Developed Countries and MENA Region

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    Amel Abdoullah Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study develops an economic tool that investigates the relationship between the two developed stock market indices of the United States and the United Kingdom and the ten stock market indices of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA countries. The work is accomplished through a novel technique of combining wavelet filtering and the VEC model. Discrete wavelet filtering is used to eliminate noise in the daily dataset which covers the period from June 29, 2001 to May 5, 2009. The series generated by the discrete wavelet transform is then analyzed to determine the long-and short-term relationships between the stock markets by using a cointegration test and a VEC model. Results of the comparison between the proposed and traditional models demonstrate that the former (DWT with VEC model outperforms the latter (VEC model in performance and fitting the financial stock market series; furthermore, the former provides real information on the relationships among the stock markets. The cointegration test affirms the existence of cointegration between the studied series and a long-term relationship between the United States and United Kingdom stock markets and the MENA stock markets. The proposed model also shows the existence of a short-term relationship between the stock markets of the United States and the United Kingdom and the three stock markets of MENA region: Istanbul, UAE and Morocco.

  3. Impact of entrainment and impingement on fish populations in the Hudson River estuary. Volume III. An analysis of the validity of the utilities' stock-recruitment curve-fitting exercise and prior estimation of beta technique. Environmental Sciences Division publication No. 1792

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    This report addresses the validity of the utilities' use of the Ricker stock-recruitment model to extrapolate the combined entrainment-impingement losses of young fish to reductions in the equilibrium population size of adult fish. In our testimony, a methodology was developed and applied to address a single fundamental question: if the Ricker model really did apply to the Hudson River striped bass population, could the utilities' estimates, based on curve-fitting, of the parameter alpha (which controls the impact) be considered reliable. In addition, an analysis is included of the efficacy of an alternative means of estimating alpha, termed the technique of prior estimation of beta (used by the utilities in a report prepared for regulatory hearings on the Cornwall Pumped Storage Project). This validation methodology should also be useful in evaluating inferences drawn in the literature from fits of stock-recruitment models to data obtained from other fish stocks

  4. Robustness of egg production methods as a fishery independent alternative to assess the Eastern Baltic cod stock (Gadus morhua callarias L.)

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    Kraus, Gerd; Hinrichsen, Hans-Harald; Voss, Rüdiger; Teschner, Eske; Tomkiewicz, Jonna; Köster, Fritz

    2012-01-01

    data to stock assessment models relying on catch statistics from the commercial fisheries is potentially biased and the perception of stock status may be incorrect. Egg production methods (EPM) provide a fishery independent alternative. Additionally, they provide better estimates of stock reproductive...... of the number of egg surveys is tested applying three different methods requiring different numbers of egg surveys. We applied the annual egg production method (AEPM) requiring full egg survey coverage of the spawning season to estimate cod abundances in the Bornholm Basin. In addition, the daily...... fecundity reduction method (DFRM) and the daily egg production method (DEPM) were tested, the latter two methods requiring only single egg surveys, but require more complex reproduction input parameters. All three methods provided a comparable result, which was also expected as many spawning parameters were...

  5. Risk assessment in airlines stocks market / Avaliação do risco no mercado de ações de companhias aéreas

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    Renato Cesar, Sato.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram comparados os resultados entre carteiras de ações de companhias aéreas Norte-americanas e Europeia. O modelo avalia o risco de mercado utilizando a abordagem do Value-at-Risk em ambas às carteiras ao longo de um mês. A análise foi realizada através do uso dos métodos GARCH-EVT e [...] t-Student Copula com simulação de Monte Carlo. Os ativos do mercado financeiro costumam apresentar caudas pesadas em suas distribuições probabilísticas, portanto, um processo de modelagem capaz de lidar com esse aspecto é fundamental para mensurar o risco de perda dos investimentos. Foi analisado o período de meados de 2007 até meados de 2012 para compor uma comparação entre as duas carteiras. A crise financeira deflagrada em 2008 teve um maior impacto nas ações do mercado Norte Americano quando em relação ao mercado Europeu. A participação central dos transportes na economia faz com que estudos de avaliação do risco de investimento nesse setor sejam cruciais no processo de desenvolvimento industrial. A volatilidade do risco nesse mercado ocorre tanto por motivos internos e externos ao setor da aviação e o aprimoramento metodológico das ferramentas financeiras pode oferecer uma importante contribuição devido a dependência dos fluxos de investimentos. Abstract in english In this paper we compared the results between stock portfolios of North American and European airlines. The model accesses the market risk using Value-at-Risk approach in both portfolios over one month period. The analysis was performed through the use of GARCH-EVT methods and Student's-t Copula wit [...] h a Monte Carlo Simulation. The assets in the financial market usually present heavy tails in their probability distributions, so, a process capable to deal with this issue is crucial to measure the risk of loss. We analyzed the period from mid-2007 to mid-2012 to compose comparison between these two portfolios. The financial crisis of 2008 had a great impact in the North America market in relative to the European market. The central role of transport in the economy makes studies dealing with investment risk measure in this sector crucial for the industrial development. The volatility of risk in the airline market happens by internal and external motives and the methodological development of financial tools can offer an important contribution due the investment flux dependency.

  6. Recreational shore fishing in southern Portugal: biological and socio-economic aspects and perspectives for management

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    Veiga, Pedro Filipe Duarte Alves da

    2012-01-01

    Although overfishing is a concern for many fish stocks, it was for a long time only associated with commercial fishing exploitation, with less or no attention being given to the recreational fisheries. Recent research has shown however that the impact of recreational fishing on particular species can be considerable, and that the recreational harvest needs to be taken into account if fisheries are to be accurately assessed and effectively managed. In Portugal, the first recreat...

  7. GENETIC DIVERSITY OF STREAM FISH IN THE MID-ATLANTIC INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT AREA

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    In this report, we describe the results of research to assess the genetics of three stream fish species in the Mid-Atlantic region. This research had three specific goals. First, we sought to examine the utility of genetic analysis for purposes of taxonomic identification. Bioa...

  8. The Assessing of Financial Performance of Accepted Banks in Stock Exchange Market by means of ELETERE Technique

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    Ali Sorayaei

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Bank managers are stakeholders of the data analysis for financial performance that these data are important for them. In this regard, they consider valuable financial information and evaluate the bank's situation and will decide according it. This paper presents a method for systematic assessing banks' financial performance. The analysis is based on a set of criteria related to the financial performance of banks. The purpose of this research, ranking the bank listed in Tehran Stock Exchange, according to financial criteria. After a comprehensive review of the research literature and the idea of financial experts have been identified criteria to assess the financial performance of banks (liquidity factors, factors, profitability, and capital adequacy and risk asset structure factors. To increase the accuracy of the study, the weight of financial factors calculates with AHP-FUZZY method. Finally, the final weights obtained, the ELECTRE algorithm has been implemented to rank the banks. The results show that the KAR AFARIN bank is on top and ANSAR Bank, PASARGAD and the EGHTESAD NOVIN were ranked second, third and fourth and the MELAT bank, SADERAT and TEJARAT got the ratings from the eighth to the tenth.

  9. Reproductive effects assessment of fish in streams on the Oak Ridge Reservation

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    The Department of Energy has three large facilities located on the Oak Ridge Reservation Site, the Y-12 Plant, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Several Biological Monitoring and Abatement Programs (BMAP) monitor and assess the effects of these facilities on the aquatic and terrestrial resources of the reservation. One BMAP task concerns the potential role of contaminant-related reproductive dysfunction in shaping the composition of fish communities in creeks draining the facilities. This task addresses specific questions concerning (1) the reproductive competence of adult fish in the streams, and (2) the capacity of fish embryos and fry to survive and develop sequent reproductive cohorts. Evidence for current or potential reproductive impacts in several of the streams include abnormal fecundity at some sites, increased incidences of oocyte atresia, and a marked toxicity of surface water samples from several stream reaches to fish embryos in periodic embryo-larval tests. Recovery of certain of the monitored streams in response to ongoing remedial actions is documented by positive changes over time in many these indicators of reproductive dysfunction. These results suggest that the monitoring of reproductive indicators can be a sensitive tool for assessing the effects of both industrial discharges and remedial activities on the fish resources of receiving streams

  10. Stock Assessment of Columbia River Anadromous Salmonids : Final Report, Volume I, Chinook, Coho, Chum and Sockeye Salmon Summaries.

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    Howell, Philip J.

    1986-07-01

    The purpose was to identify and characterize the wild and hatchery stocks of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin on the basis of currently available information. This report provides a comprehensive compilation of data on the status and life histories of Columbia Basin salmonid stocks.

  11. Diel variation in gillnet catches and vertical distribution of pelagic fishes in a stratified European reservoir.

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    Vašek, Mojmír; Kube?ka, Jan; ?ech, Martin; Draštík, Vladislav; Mat?na, Josef; Mrkvi?ka, T.; Peterka, Ji?í; Prchalová, Marie

    2009-01-01

    Ro?. 96, ?. 1 (2009), s. 64-69. ISSN 0165-7836. [ Fish Stock Assessment Methods for Lakes and Reservoirs: Towards the true picture of fish stock. ?eské Bud?jovice, 11.09.2007-15.09.2007] R&D Projects: GA AV ?R(CZ) 1QS600170504; GA AV ?R(CZ) IAA600170502; GA ?R(CZ) GP206/06/P418 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : gillnet * diel catchability * distribution * epilimnetic fish es * CPUE * man-made lake Subject RIV: DA - Hydrology ; Limnology Impact factor: 1.531, year: 2009

  12. A Comparative Assessment of Hydroponically Grown Cereal Crops for the Purification of Aquaculture Wastewater and the Production of Fish Feed

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Hydroponically grown wheat, barley and oats were examined for their ability to remove nutrients from aquaculture wastewater. Wheat, barley and oats seeds were germinated in water in a hydroponics system. The seedlings then received wastewater from an aquaculture system stocked with Arctic charr. During the experiment, the crops grew rapidly and fairly uniformly and showed no signs of mineral deficiency although fungal growth was evident. The average crop heights and yields at harvest were 19.0, 25.5 and 25.2 cm and 64, 59 and 42 t ha-1 for wheat, barley and oats, respectively. The hydroponically grown wheat, barley and oats were able to significantly reduce the pollution load of the aquaculture wastewater. The TS, COD, NH4+-N, NO2--N, NO3--N and PO43--P reductions ranged from 53.3 to 57.7%, from 55.7 to 78.7%, from 76.0 to 80.0% from 85.1 to 92.9%, from 62.1 to 79.3% and from 74.1 to 93.0%, respectively. The compartments containing barley produced the highest quality effluent, which was suitable for reuse in aquaculture operations. The average TS, COD, NH4+-N, NO2--N, NO3--N and PO43--P concentrations and pH of the final effluent from the compartments containing barley were 442, 64, 0.50, 0.02, 5.89 and 0.61 mg L-1 and 6.65, respectively. The nutritive value of the three wastewater grown crops was assessed to determine the suitability of using the plants as a component in fish feed. The three terrestrial crops meet the energy, fat, Ca, Mg, P, Na, S and Mn dietary requirements of aquatic animals, exceed the carbohydrate, crude fiber, Cl, K, Cu, Fe, Se and Zn requirements of fish and shellfish and do not contain sufficient amounts of protein to meet the dietary requirements of fish and shellfish. The crops will require supplementation with a high protein source that contains low concentrations of carbohydrates, crude fiber, Cl, K, Cu, Fe, Se and Zn. Common protein sources that could be used for supplementation included fishmeal, bone meal and blood meal.

  13. Towards integration of environmental and health impact assessments for wild capture fishing and farmed fish with particular reference to public health and occupational health dimensions

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    Andrew Watterson; David Little; Kathleen Boyd; James A. Young; Ekram Azim; Francis Murray

    2008-01-01

    The paper offers a review and commentary, with particular reference to the production of fish from wild capture fisheries and aquaculture, on neglected aspects of health impact assessments which are viewed by a range of international and national health bodies and development agencies as valuable and necessary project tools. Assessments sometimes include environmental health impact assessments but rarely include specific occupational health and safety impact assessments especially integrated ...

  14. Exploratory assessment of fish consumption among Asian-origin sportfishers on the St. Lawrence river in the montreal region.

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    Shatenstein, B; Kosatsky, T; Tapia, M; Nadon, S; Leclerc, B S

    1999-02-01

    An exploratory survey was undertaken in the fall 1995 open-water fishing season with nine Bangladeshi and nine Vietnamese-origin sportfishers. Survey methodology and techniques of dietary and fish intake assessment were adapted to the cultural values and second language of each community. A 70-item instrument assessing sportfishing practices and fish consumption habits was administered by dietitians in participants' homes. Two 24-h diet recalls (aided by photographs taken by the participants) and a fish consumption calendar permitted the assessment of fish intake in the overall dietary context. A fish frequency item addressed consumption of locally available fish species (both sport and market fish) as well as imported frozen or dried species. Annually, Bangladeshi fishers consumed 46.8+/-25.6 sportfish meals, and Vietnamese fishers ate 40. 7+/-35.1 meals. In contrast, Bangladeshis reported greater annual consumption of imported, frozen nonsportfish (76.0+/-40.9 meals), and the Vietnamese ate more ocean than freshwater fish (45.1+/-34.4 ocean fish meals). Fish constituted approximately 19% of all protein foods eaten among the Bangladeshi fishers and 10% in the Vietnamese sample. Plasma and erythrocyte eicosapentanoic acid (EPA):arachidonic acid (AA) ratios supported findings from the fish frequency question showing that the two groups of Asian-origin fishers eat differing quantities of different fish species and that Asian-origin sportfishers-particularly the Bangladeshis-eat fish overall more frequently and in greater variety and quantity than francophone Quebecers; species selection appears to be both culturally motivated and influenced by the availability of St. Lawrence sportfish. PMID:10092420

  15. Assessing risks to fish populations near a proposed disposal facility for used nuclear fuel

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    The concept of used nuclear fuel disposal in the Canadian Shield is currently undergoing a federal environmental assessment review process. As part of this review, potential risks to brook trout populations in the vicinity of such an underground repository were considered. Chemical fate, transport and exposure models have been utilized to estimate the dose rates from released radionuclides and other fuel constituents, and these likely will not be sufficient to harm fish in nearby streams. However, other stressors such as habitat alteration (e.g., loss of upwelling) and/or fishing pressure associated with increased public access could have significant population impacts if the site is located in a pristine northern region. Population models are utilized to explore the risks of local population reduction for different combinations of fishing pressure and habitat degradation

  16. Development of methods for assessing the vulnerability of Australian residential building stock to severe wind

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    Knowledge of the degree of damage to residential structures expected from severe wind is used to study the benefits from adaptation strategies developed in response to expected changes in wind severity due to climate change. This study will inform government, the insurance industry and provide emergency services with estimates of expected damage. A series of heuristic wind vulnerability curves for Australian residential structures has been developed. In order to provide rigor to the heuristic curves and to enable quantitative assessment to be made of adaptation strategies, work has commenced to produce a simulation tool to quantitatively assess damage to buildings from severe wind. The simulation tool accounts for variability in wind profile, shielding, structural strength, pressure coefficients, building orientation, component self weights, debris damage and water ingress via a Monte Carlo approach. The software takes a component-based approach to modelling building vulnerability. It is based on the premise that overall building damage is strongly related to the failure of key components (i.e. connections). If these failures can be ascertained, and associated damage from debris and water penetration reliably estimated, scenarios of complete building damage can be assessed. This approach has been developed with varying degrees of rigor by researchers around the world and is best practice for the insurance industry.

  17. Desarrollo de un marco Bayesiano para la valoración del stock y el análisis de decisión de la pesquería del erizo rojo en Baja California, México / Developing a Bayesian framework for stock assessment and decision analysis of the red sea urchin fishery in Baja California, Mexico

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    J, Jurado-Molina; JS, Palleiro-Nayar; NL, Gutiérrez.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available La pesquería del erizo rojo (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) es importante para la economía de Baja California (México). Su pesca comercial se inició a principios de los años 70 como resultado de la expansión de su mercado de exportación; sin embargo, se ha detectado una baja sustancial en sus capt [...] uras y abundancia desde 1986. Dada la falta de un índice de abundancia relativa independiente de la pesquería para todas las áreas de captura, se utilizaron datos de CPUE y captura para llevar a cabo una valoración del stock del erizo rojo y realizar un análisis de decisión con relación a su pesquería. La dinámica poblacional fue descrita mediante el modelo de biomasa excedente de Schaefer usando métodos Bayesianos para estimar los parámetros del modelo y para proyectar la dinámica poblacional de la especie bajo diferentes escenarios de manejo, los cuales incluyeron estrategias de tasas de explotación constantes y capturas constantes. Los resultados sugieren que el stock actual es sólo 17% de la bioma virgen y que, para una estrategia de captura constante, un incremento del 10% en el nivel de captura actual podría causar el colapso de la pesquería en 20 años. Los resultados de las simulaciones sugieren que una estrategia de tasa de explotación constante entre 15% y 25% causaría que la población se recuperara y la captura se maximizara en 2024. Mayores niveles de explotación incrementarían la probabilidad de que la biomasa sea menor al 40% de la capacidad de carga de la población. Abstract in english The red sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) fishery is of importance to the economy of Baja California (Mexico). The commercial fishery started in the early 1970s as a result of expanding export markets, but has experienced substantial decline in landings and abundance since 1986. Fishery-i [...] ndependent surveys have not been conducted for all fishing areas, thus CPUE and catch data were used to conduct a stock assessment and decision analysis for the red sea urchin stock. The red sea urchin population dynamics was described with the Schaefer biomass dynamic model. Bayesian approaches were used for the estimation of the model parameters and for projecting the population dynamics of the species under different management scenarios, including constant harvest rate and constant catch strategies. This study suggests that the current stock is only 17% of the virgin stock biomass and that, for a constant catch policy, a 10% increase in the current catch rate could potentially cause the collapse of the fishery in 20 years. Simulation results suggested that a constant harvest rate between 15% and 25% would cause the population to recover and maximize the catch in 2024. Higher harvest rate levels would increase the probability of the biomass being less than 40% of the population carrying capacity.

  18. Integrated ecosystem assessment of Vieques, Puerto Rico Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)...

  19. Integrated ecosystem assessment of Vieques, Puerto Rico Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data (NODC Accession 0125235)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)...

  20. Integrated ecosystem assessment of Vieques, Puerto Rico Fish Assessment and Monitoring Data

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This fish and benthic composition database is the result of a multifaceted effort described below.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA)...

  1. Indices for assessing coral reef fish biodiversity: the need for a change in habits.

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    Loiseau, Nicolas; Gaertner, Jean-Claude

    2015-09-01

    We present the first representative and quantified overview of the indices used worldwide for assessing the biodiversity of coral reef fishes. On this basis, we discuss the suitability and drawbacks of the indices most widely used in the assessment of coral fish biodiversity. An extensive and systematic survey of the literature focused on coral reef fish biodiversity was conducted from 1990 up to the present. We found that the multicomponent aspect of biodiversity, which is considered as a key feature of biodiversity for numerous terrestrial and marine ecosystems, has been poorly taken into account in coral reef fish studies. Species richness is still strongly dominant while other diversity components, such as functional diversity, are underestimated even when functional information is available. We also demonstrate that the reason for choosing particular indices is often unclear, mainly based on empirical rationales and/or the reproduction of widespread habits, but generally with no clear relevance with regard to the aims of the studies. As a result, the most widely used indices (species richness, Shannon, etc.) would appear to be poorly suited to meeting the main challenges facing the monitoring of coral reef fish biodiversity in the future. Our results clearly show that coral reef scientists should rather take advantage of the multicomponent aspect of biodiversity. To facilitate this approach, we propose general guidelines to serve as a basis for the selection of indices that provide complementary and relevant information for monitoring the response of coral reef fish biodiversity in the face of structuring factors (natural or anthropic). The aim of these guidelines was to achieve a better match between the properties of the selected indices and the context of each study (e.g. expected effect of the main structuring factors, nature of data available). PMID:26445656

  2. Performance Assessment of the Food Industry of Tehran Stock Exchange Based on Balanced Score Card (BSC Technique

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    Morteza Asadi

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Major objective of the present paper was to study the role of balanced score card regarding performance assessment of companies listed in food and beverage industry in the stock exchange. This survey is descriptive and is regarded as a quasi-experimental research plan (Ex-Post design. The statistical population included 200 managers and research sample consisted of 99 persons based on Cochran formula. Questionnaire was used for data collection. Frequency tables and appropriate diagrams were applied to describe data and inferential statistics methods such as student's t-test were used to confirm or reject hypotheses. Variance analysis and t-test for two independent samples were used to study the impact of personal characteristics on responding to the hypotheses. Ranking of improvement degree of indexes for realization of purposes and determining rank of each factor was studied using Friedman test. Results of testing hypotheses reveal it is necessary for organizations to emphasize internal processes more given that planning and implementing efficient and suitable processes in the organization is led to offering appropriate services. About growth and learning scope it is notable that since employees are major capitals of the organization, special attention must be paid to this sector in order to satisfy employees and provide long-term benefits of the organization.

  3. Fish-based groups for ecological assessment in rivers: the importance of environmental drivers on taxonomic and functional traits of fish assemblages

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    Matono P.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of river-types is of practical value, serving as groups for which assessment procedures can be developed and applied. An abiotic typology was set by the Portuguese Water Agency, mainly based on 6 major morphoclimatic regions. However, to be biologically meaningful, this typology should fit the distribution patterns of the biological quality elements communities proposed in Water Framework Directive under the lowest possible human pressure. This study aimed to identify and characterize fish-based geographical groups for continental Portugal and their environmental and geographical discriptors, using taxonomic and functional traits. Sampling took place between 2004 and 2006 during Spring. Fish fauna from 155 reference sites was analysed using a multivariate approach. Cluster Analysis on fish composition identified 10 fish-groups, expressing a clear correspondence to the river basin level, due to the restrict basin distribution of many species. Groups showed a wider aggregation in 4 regions with a larger geographical correspondence, statistically supported by Similarity Analysis, both on fish composition and mostly on fish metrics/guilds. Principal Components Analysis revealed major environmental drivers associated to fish-groups and fish-regions. Fish-groups were hierarchically grouped over major and local regions, expressing a large-scale response to a North-South environmental gradient defined by temperature, precipitation, mineralization and altitude, and a regional scale response mainly to drainage area and flow discharge. From North to South, fish-regions were related to the morphoclimatic regions. Results contributed to reduce redundance in abiotic river-types and set the final typology for Portuguese rivers, constituting a fundamental tool for planning and managing water resources.

  4. Research Fishing

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Accurate and precise stock assessments are predicated on accurate and precise estimates of life history parameters, abundance, and catch across the range of the...

  5. Population trends, bend use relative to available habitat and within-river-bend habitat use of eight indicator species of Missouri and Lower Kansas River benthic fishes: 15 years after baseline assessment

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    Wildhaber, Mark L.; Yang, Wen-Hsi; Arab, Ali

    2015-01-01

    A baseline assessment of the Missouri River fish community and species-specific habitat use patterns conducted from 1996 to 1998 provided the first comprehensive analysis of Missouri River benthic fish population trends and habitat use in the Missouri and Lower Yellowstone rivers, exclusive of reservoirs, and provided the foundation for the present Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Program (PSPAP). Data used in such studies are frequently zero inflated. To address this issue, the zero-inflated Poisson (ZIP) model was applied. This follow-up study is based on PSPAP data collected up to 15 years later along with new understanding of how habitat characteristics among and within bends affect habitat use of fish species targeted by PSPAP, including pallid sturgeon. This work demonstrated that a large-scale, large-river, PSPAP-type monitoring program can be an effective tool for assessing population trends and habitat usage of large-river fish species. Using multiple gears, PSPAP was effective in monitoring shovelnose and pallid sturgeons, sicklefin, shoal and sturgeon chubs, sand shiner, blue sucker and sauger. For all species, the relationship between environmental variables and relative abundance differed, somewhat, among river segments suggesting the importance of the overall conditions of Upper and Middle Missouri River and Lower Missouri and Kansas rivers on the habitat usage patterns exhibited. Shoal and sicklefin chubs exhibited many similar habitat usage patterns; blue sucker and shovelnose sturgeon also shared similar responses. For pallid sturgeon, the primary focus of PSPAP, relative abundance tended to increase in Upper and Middle Missouri River paralleling stocking efforts, whereas no evidence of an increasing relative abundance was found in the Lower Missouri River despite stocking.

  6. Ecological risk assessment in a large river-reservoir. 2: Fish community

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    This paper summarizes the assessment of risks to fishes in the Clinch River Operable Unit due to contaminants released by the US Department of Energy's activities on its Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee. This paper focuses on the most contaminated area, the Poplar Creek (PC) embayment. The assessment is of interest because of its use of five distinct lines of evidence: fish community surveys, fish body burdens, toxicity tests of ambient waters, suborganismal bioindicators, and single chemical toxicity tests. None of these lines of evidence provided unambiguous evidence of a significant risk, but the surveys indicated that the fish community in PC was depauperate, polychlorinated biphenyl body burdens may have been at toxic levels in catfish, one of the three tests of ambient water showed clear toxicity, some of the indicators were indicative of toxic effects, and concentrations that have been toxic in the laboratory were detected periodically. Interpretation was further complicated by upstream contamination of both the Clinch River and PC. The risk characterization was performed by evaluating each line of evidence separately and then weighing the evidence using an ecoepidemiological approach

  7. DDT in fishes from four different Amazon sites: exposure assessment for breast feeding infants

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    D' Amato, C.; Torres, J.P.; Malm, O. [Lab. de Radioisotopos Eduardo Penna Franca, Inst. de Biofisica, UFRJ, RJ (Brazil); Bastos, W. [Lab. de Biogeoquimica, UNIR, Porto Velho (Brazil); Claudio, L.; Markowitz, S. [International Training Program on Environmental and Occupational Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Queens Coll., NY (United States)

    2004-09-15

    Concerning DDT in food, based on clinical observations as well as experimental animals, the annual Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Pesticide Residues held in 2000 estimated a Provisional Tolerable Daily Intake (PTDI) for DDT in 0.01 mg/kg/day. Marien and Laflamme have proposed a Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) for breast feedings infants of 5 x 10{sup -3} mg/kg/day, and conducted an assessment to evaluate the public health significance of eating {sigma}ODDT contaminated fish, accomplished by establishing a daily intake level of DDT for the population of greatest concern, like breastfeeding infants. Their results indicated that mothers who frequently consume contaminated fish could have breast milk DDT concentrations highly enough to expose their infants to levels above the TDI. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ODDT (o,p'-DDT + p,p'-DDT + o,p'-DDE + p,p'-DDE + o,p'-DDD) levels in commercial fish samples from distinct Brazilian Amazon sites, which are consumed by the riverine populations, and to assess the potential health impacts from eating these fishes, especially for breastfeeding infants.

  8. Ecological risk assessment in a large river-reservoir. 2: Fish community

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    Suter, G.W. II; Barnthouse, L.W.; Efroymson, R.A.; Jager, H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Environmental Sciences Div.

    1999-04-01

    This paper summarizes the assessment of risks to fishes in the Clinch River Operable Unit due to contaminants released by the US Department of Energy`s activities on its Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee. This paper focuses on the most contaminated area, the Poplar Creek (PC) embayment. The assessment is of interest because of its use of five distinct lines of evidence: fish community surveys, fish body burdens, toxicity tests of ambient waters, suborganismal bioindicators, and single chemical toxicity tests. None of these lines of evidence provided unambiguous evidence of a significant risk, but the surveys indicated that the fish community in PC was depauperate, polychlorinated biphenyl body burdens may have been at toxic levels in catfish, one of the three tests of ambient water showed clear toxicity, some of the indicators were indicative of toxic effects, and concentrations that have been toxic in the laboratory were detected periodically. Interpretation was further complicated by upstream contamination of both the Clinch River and PC. The risk characterization was performed by evaluating each line of evidence separately and then weighing the evidence using an ecoepidemiological approach.

  9. TESTING THE WEAK-FORM EFFICIENCY OF THE ROMANIAN CAPITAL MARKET BY ASSESSING THE RANDOM WALK-LIKE BEHAVIOUR OF STOCK PRICES

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    PA?CA LUCIAN

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper attempts to test the efficiency of the Romanian Capital Market by assessing some basic statistical properties of prices for the ten most liquid stocks listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange. More specifically, by testing if stock price series exhibit a random walk-like behaviour. For robustness of the results, two unit root tests—the Augmented Dickey-Fuller and the Kwiatkowski-Phillips-Schmidt-Shin—are used to measure stationarity for both prices and returns, and determine if price dynamics is determined by an order one integrated process (a proxy for the random walk. Further Lo and MacKinley‘s Variance Ratio Test is applied to study if the variance of returns is a linear time-dependent function (a well-known property of a random variable. The analysis is done for a period between 15 October 1997, or the listing date on the stock exchange, respectively, and 10 April 2013, for both daily and weekly observations. Furthermore, to take into account the distortive effects of the financial turmoil from 2007-2009 on market efficiency, a separate analysis has been conducted for two sub-periods, pre- and post-recession, respectively.

  10. A trait-based assessment of the Barents Sea fish community:implications for vulnerability under environmental change

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    Wiedmann, Magnus Aune

    2014-01-01

    SUMMARY This is a study of the fish community in the Barents Sea and its vulnerability to disturbance such as fishing and climate change. The vulnerability of the fish community depends on its sensitivity to, and adaptability under, stress. To assess these two components of vulnerability, I have combined survey data from the Barents Sea with information about the species properties (i.e., traits), following three approaches. 1) To study the adaptability under disturbance, I ...

  11. HABITAT USE BY NATIVE AND STOCKED TROUT (SALMO TRUTTA L. IN TWO NORTHEAST STREAMS, PORTUGAL

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    TEIXEIRA A.

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Habitat use by stocked and native brown trout (Salmo trutta L. was assessed in two headwater streams of North-eastern Portugal. Underwater observations were made during the summer season in three successive years to evaluate the effect of supplemental trout stocking. Multivariate analysis techniques applied to data sets on microhabitat use were exploited to identify the focal elevation (distance of fish from the bottom, total depth and cover as the variables that contribute most to the discrimination between stocked and native trout. Preference curves computed for native and stocked trout of the same age (1+, showed a distinct pattern in their ability to explore the available microhabitat resources. Stocked trout tended to occupy deeper pools (total depth > 100 cm vs. 60-100 cm for native trout, holding higher focal elevations (140-160 cm vs. 22.5 cm and cover (combination of boulders and overhanging vegetation or undercut banks. Furthermore, a high poststocking movement of 80% hatchery-reared fish was verified just one month after their release, suggesting that stocking did not contribute to the sustainable populations in either stream, and is far from being an adequate management technique.

  12. Stock-catch analysis of carp recreational fisheries in Czech reservoirs: Insights into fish survival, water body productivity and impact of extreme events.

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    Boukal S., David; Jankovský, Martin; Kube?ka, Jan; Heino, M.

    119-120, 20 MAY (2012), s. 23-32. ISSN 0165-7836 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 7F10070 Grant ostatní: Financial Mechanism of EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanism (NO) A/CZ0046/2/0029 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : management * time series * stocking Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 1.695, year: 2012 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165783611003687

  13. Radiological assessment of fish samples due to natural radionuclides in river Yobe, Northern Nigeria

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    Assessment of natural radioactivity of some fish samples in river Yobe was conducted, using gamma spectroscopy method with NaI(TI) detector. Radioactivity is phenomenon that leads to production of radiations, whereas radiation is known to trigger or induce cancer. The fish were analyzed to estimate the radioactivity (activity) concentrations due to natural radionuclides 226Ra, 232Th and 40K. The obtained result show that the activity concentration for (226Ra), in all the fish samples collected ranges from 15.23±2.45BqKg-1 to 67.39±2.13BqKg-1 with an average value of 34.13±1.34BqKg-1. That of 232Th, ranges from 42.66±0.81BqKg-1 to 201.18±3.82BqKg-1, and the average value stands at 96.01±3.82BqKg-1. The activity concentration for 40K, ranges between 243.3±1.56 BqKg-1 to 618.2±2.81 BqKg-1 and the average is 413.92±1.7 BqKg-1. This study indicated that average daily intake due to natural activity from the fish is valued at 0.913 Bq/day, 2.577Bq/day and 11.088 Bq/day for 226Ra, 232Th and 40K respectively. This shows that the activity concentration values for fish, shows a promising result with most of the fish activity concentrations been within the acceptable limits. However locations (F02, F07 and F12), fish became outliers with significant values of 112.53?Svy-1, 121.11?Svy-1 and 114.32?Svy-1 effective dose. This could be attributed to variation in geological formations within the river as well as the feeding habits of these fish. The work shows that consumers of fish from River Yobe have no risk of radioactivity ingestion, even though no amount of radiation is assumed to be totally safe.

  14. Stereology as a tool to assess reproduction strategy and fecundity of teleost fishes : Integrated studies in Central Baltic herring (Clupea harengus L.)

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    Bucholtz, Rikke HagstrØm

    2013-01-01

    In fish stock assessment, spawning stock biomass (SSB) is used as an index of stock reproductive potential (SRP), and proportionality is assumed between SSB and recruitment, i.e. offspring production. SSB is calculated as the sum of biomass proportions of sexually mature individuals per age group. However, evidence that SSB is not a reliable SRP indicator has accumulated over the past decades. The SSB estimation does not consider individual differences in fecundity, skipped spawning, timing of spawning or differences in reproductive traits between sexes, which may all fluctuate significantly, influenced by individual physiological condition. The Central Baltic herring has experienced a radical decline in SSB over the past decades. This is mainly due to overfishing. However, significant changes in Baltic Sea salinity and temperature have also altered herring prey composition and abundance, while reduction in the number of cod has caused sprat numbers and thereby food competition to increase. Together, this has resulted in a significant drop in Central Baltic herring physiological condition. The influence which this lowered condition may have on herring SRP, in terms of increased down-regulation and thereby lowered fecundity, skipped spawning and timing of spawning, has not been investigated and is not considered in assessment of the stock. The objective of the study was two-fold. Firstly, improve methods for quantification of oocyte recruitment dynamics by adapting and applying modern stereological methods to assess fecundity and reproductive strategies. The strength of the stereological method being that, in combination with conventional histological analysis, quantification of all oocyte categories is possible, as well as registration of qualitative characteristics relating to spawning history of individuals, and further that statistical evaluation of estimates and method is possible. Secondly, apply the stereological methods to fill in gaps in knowledge about Baltic Sea herring reproductive strategy under current environmental conditions, including oocyte recruitment pattern, fecundity determination and down-regulation, skipped spawning and spawning fidelity, and to understand how factors like condition may influence individual decision making and fitness regarding these reproductive traits. The stereological methods applied in this project constituted a powerful set of tools for quantification of oocyte dynamics in fish and were successfully implemented in herring ovaries for quantification of both oocyte numbers and sizes as well as total volume fraction of atretic oocytes, introducing a negligible error to the total variance of estimates. The histological nature of the stereological methods facilitated a ready validation of maturity data, distinguishing first time spawners from repeat spawners, as well as a ready recognition of ongoing oocyte recruitment in early maturity stages, early stage atresia, POFs and residual eggs. Analyzing a sample of females all collected during a short time frame in March 2008 covering various stages of maturation progression, we saw that oocyte recruitment followed the characteristic pattern of an iteroparous total spawner with determinate fecundity and group synchronous oocyte development. However, a significant fecundity down-regulation was apparent, which followed a three-step mechanism, resulting in low potential fecundity, but high relative potential fecundity compared to other herring stocks. Individual maturation progression revealed a substantial number of specimens with early developing ovaries, thereby being skipped or delayed spawners in accordance to the spring spawning season. Individual condition generally did not appear to influence fecundity regulation, but showed a strong correlation with degree of maturation progression, skipped or delayed spawners having significantly poorer condition than specimens expected to spawn during the spring spawning season. Results further indicated, that spawning occurs throughout the year in the Central Baltic herring population and that

  15. Population Dynamics and Stock Assessment of Blue Swimming Crab (Portunus pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758) in the Coastal Area of Trang Province, Thailand

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    Amonsak SAWUSDEE; Apirak SONGRAK

    2009-01-01

    The population dynamics and stock assessment of blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus Linnaeus, 1758) in the coastal area of Trang province, Southern Thailand was done through stratified sampling of 7,499 crabs that were caught by crab gill nets and crab traps. The sampling was done from September 2006 to August 2007. The carapace width and weight relationship was measured, including parameters such as asymptotic outer carapace width (OCWa), curvature (K), asymptotic inner carapace width (IC...

  16. Rapid Fishery Assessment by Market Survey (RFAMS) – An Improved Rapid-Assessment Approach to Characterising Fish Landings in Developing Countries

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    White, William T.; Last, Peter R.; Dharmadi,; Faizah, Ria; Chodrijah, Umi; Buckworth, Rik C.; Dichmont, Catherine M.

    2014-01-01

    The complex multi-gear, multi-species tropical fisheries in developing countries are poorly understood and characterising the landings from these fisheries is often impossible using conventional approaches. A rapid assessment method for characterising landings at fish markets, using an index of abundance and estimated weight within taxonomic groups, is described. This approach was developed for contexts where there are no detailed data collection protocols, and where consistent data collectio...

  17. Public Awareness of Mercury in Fish: Analysis of Public Awareness and Assessment of Fish Consumption in Vermont

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    Damsky, William E.; Duncan, Elizabeth; Flanagan, Noreen; Fromhold, Karen; Dung, Hyunh; Meyer, Russell; Sax, Jordan; Delaney, Thomas; Bress, William; Hoffman-Contois, Razelle; Carney, Jan K.

    2009-01-01

    Exposure to mercury from environmental sources, such as fish consumption, poses potential health risks to the public. The state of Vermont has developed educational brochures and posters displaying safe fish consumption guidelines in order to educate the public regarding mercury exposure through fish. In this study, a group of medical students from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health, conducted a study in Chittende...

  18. Environmental Assessment for the Transfer of 1100 AREA, Southern Rail Connection and Rolling Stock, Hanford Site, Richland, Washington

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    This environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared to assess potential environmental impacts associated with the U.S. Department of Energy's proposed action: the transfer of the 1100 Area, southern rail connection and rolling stock to a non-federal entity. Impact information contained herein will be used by the U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office Manager, to determine if the proposed action is a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. If the proposed action is determined to be major and significant, an environmental impact statement will be prepared. If the proposed action is determined not to be major and significant, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be issued and the action can proceed. Criteria used to evaluate significance can be found in Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1508.27. This EA was prepared in compliance with the ''National Environmental Policy Act'' (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA (40 CFR 1500-1508), and the U.S. Department of Energy Implementing Procedures for NEPA (10 CFR 1021). The following is a description of each section of the EA. (1) Purpose and Need for Action. This provides a brief statement concerning the problem or opportunity the U.S. Department of Energy is addressing with the proposed action. As necessary, background information is provided. (2) Description of the Proposed Action. A description with sufficient detail to identify potential environmental impacts is provided. (3) Alternatives to the Proposed Action. Reasonable alternative actions, which would address the Purpose and Need, are described. A no action alternative, as required by 10 CFR 1021, also is described. (4) Affected Environment. This provides a brief description of the locale in which the proposed action takes place, and which may be environmentally impacted. (5) Environmental Impacts. The range of environmental impacts, beneficial and adverse, are described for the proposed action. Impacts of alternatives briefly are discussed. (6) Permits and Regulatory Requirements. A brief description of permits and regulatory requirements for the proposed action is provided. (7) Organizations Consulted. Any outside agencies, groups, or individuals contacted as part of environmental assessment documentation preparation are listed. (8) References. Documents used to provide information or data are listed. The appendices contain additional information necessary to support an understanding of the proposed action, alternatives, and potential impacts is provided. Comments resulting from review of the environmental assessment by states and tribes or other stakeholders and the response to those comments will be included in the appendices.

  19. Assessing lake typologies and indicator fish species for Italian natural lakes using past fish richness and assemblages

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    Volta, Pietro; Alessandro OGGIONI; Bettinetti, Roberta; Jeppesen, Erik

    2011-01-01

    In order to establish a fish-based typology of Italian lakes and identify possible reference and indicator fish species for each lake type, we analysed historical data on fish assemblages of all Italian natural lakes[0.5 km2 from the period prior to the major decline in water quality in the 1950s. General linear regression models showed the ecoregion and lake altitude being the best predictors of fish species richness. The number of species was significantly higher in the Alpine than in the M...

  20. Public Fishing Plan and Environmental Assessment Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge 1986

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — A new fishing plan has been prepared to update the refuges public fishing program and to provide a legal framework for refuge fishing. This plan is combined with an...

  1. Impact of climate change on a risk assessment for intersex in fish due to steroid estrogens

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    V.D.J. Keller; Lloyd, P.; Williams, R. J.

    2013-01-01

    The impact of climate on the natural environment has been a reason for concern for many scientists across the globe. Although water quantity and water resources have been the focus of many studies over the past years, water quality raised less attention. In England and Wales, steroid estrogens, namely estrone (E1), estradiol (E2) and ethinylestradiol (EE2) were identified as being the main chemicals causing intersex in male fish. A national risk assessment is already available for intersex in...

  2. Disposable E-Tongue for the Assessment of Water Quality in Fish Tanks

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    Ali Yeon Md. Shakaff; Mohd Noor Ahmad; Misni Surif; Bahruddin Saad; Chew-Cheen Chang

    2008-01-01

    A disposable screen-printed e-tongue based on sensor array and pattern recognition that is suitable for the assessment of water quality in fish tanks is described. The characteristics of sensors fabricated using two kinds of sensing materials, namely (i) lipids (referred to as Type 1), and (ii) alternative electroactive materials comprising liquid ion-exchangers and macrocyclic compounds (Type 2) were evaluated for their performance stability, sensitivity and reproducibility. The Type 2 e-ton...

  3. TOXICITY ASSESSMENT OF PHOSPHONIUM BASED IONIC LIQUIDS TOWARDS FEMALE GUPPY FISH

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    Mohanad El-Harbawi; Yasmin Syazwani Bt. Yusri; M. Ismail Hossain

    2013-01-01

    In this study, two phosphonium based ionic liquids (butyl triphenyl phosphonium chloride and hexyl triphenyl phosphonium bromide) have been synthesized using quarternisation process. The toxicities of these Ionic Liquids (ILs) are unknown and may be harmful to humans and the environment. Therefore, the toxicity assessment of these ILs was carried out according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 203 guideline using female guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata). The m...

  4. Are the Most Plastic Species the Most Abundant Ones? An Assessment Using a Fish Assemblage

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    Vidal, Nicolás; Zaldúa, Natalia; D'Anatro, Alejandro; DANIEL E. NAYA

    2014-01-01

    Few studies have evaluated phenotypic plasticity at the community level, considering, for example, plastic responses in an entire species assemblage. In addition, none of these studies have addressed the relationship between phenotypic plasticity and community structure. Within this context, here we assessed the magnitude of seasonal changes in digestive traits (seasonal flexibility), and of changes during short-term fasting (flexibility during fasting), occurring in an entire fish assemblage...

  5. Systematic global assessment of reef fish communities by the Reef Life Survey program

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    Edgar, Graham J.; Stuart-Smith, Rick D.

    2014-01-01

    The assessment of patterns in macroecology, including those most relevant to global biodiversity conservation, has been hampered by a lack of quantitative data collected in a consistent manner over the global scale. Global analyses of species’ abundance data typically rely on records aggregated from multiple studies where different sampling methods and varying levels of taxonomic and spatial resolution have been applied. Here we describe the Reef Life Survey (RLS) reef fish dataset, which con...

  6. The Applicability of Oxidative Stress Biomarkers in Assessing Chromium Induced Toxicity in the Fish Labeo rohita

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    Kanchan Kumari; Ankur Khare; Swati Dange

    2014-01-01

    The evaluation of metal's toxicity in freshwater is one of the imperative areas of research and there is an emergent concern on the development of techniques for detecting toxic effects in aquatic animals. Oxidative stress biomarkers are very useful in assessing the health of aquatic life and more in depth studies are necessary to establish an exact cause effect relationship. Therefore, to study the effectiveness of this approach, a laboratory study was conducted in the fish Labeo rohita as a...

  7. About stock markets predictability

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    Hicham Benjelloun

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We argue that the financial markets have a predetermined outcome. They behave deterministically but appear to follow random patterns. Stock prices have nothing to do with future expectations; they are a reflection of previous convictions coming from the confident investors. A financial crisis is the result of the lack of confidence that characterizes a market moments before the crisis. Stocks returns are perfectly correlated to each other and it is possible to obtain high gains consistently. Finally we provide a different way of assessing risk and suggest a method to sense future performances.

  8. Assessing the efficacy of single-pass backpack electrofishing to characterize fish community structure

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    Meador, M.R.; McIntyre, J.P.; Pollock, K.H.

    2003-01-01

    Two-pass backpack electrofishing data collected as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment Program were analyzed to assess the efficacy of single-pass backpack electrofishing. A two-capture removal model was used to estimate, within 10 river basins across the United States, proportional fish species richness from one-pass electrofishing and probabilities of detection for individual fish species. Mean estimated species richness from first-pass sampling (p??s1) ranged from 80.7% to 100% of estimated total species richness for each river basin, based on at least seven samples per basin. However, p??s1 values for individual sites ranged from 40% to 100% of estimated total species richness. Additional species unique to the second pass were collected in 50.3% of the samples. Of these, cyprinids and centrarchids were collected most frequently. Proportional fish species richness estimated for the first pass increased significantly with decreasing stream width for 1 of the 10 river basins. When used to calculate probabilities of detection of individual fish species, the removal model failed 48% of the time because the number of individuals of a species was greater in the second pass than in the first pass. Single-pass backpack electrofishing data alone may make it difficult to determine whether characterized fish community structure data are real or spurious. The two-pass removal model can be used to assess the effectiveness of sampling species richness with a single electrofishing pass. However, the two-pass removal model may have limited utility to determine probabilities of detection of individual species and, thus, limit the ability to assess the effectiveness of single-pass sampling to characterize species relative abundances. Multiple-pass (at least three passes) backpack electrofishing at a large number of sites may not be cost-effective as part of a standardized sampling protocol for large-geographic-scale studies. However, multiple-pass electrofishing at some sites may be necessary to better evaluate the adequacy of single-pass electrofishing and to help make meaningful interpretations of fish community structure.

  9. Distribution and activity of pelagic fish - acoustic studies in the Baltic Sea

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    Didrikas, Tomas

    2005-01-01

    Fisheries agencies around the Baltic Sea use hydroacoustics to assess stock sizes of herring and sprat. These assessments rely on the assumption that the acoustic properties of Baltic clupeids are the same as North Sea herring. This may lead to biased results, as system-specific differences in salinity and fish fat content may influence acoustic target strength. The acoustic properties of the Baltic clupeids were explored and a new relationship between target strength and fish length was deve...

  10. Multi-Ecosystem Assessment of Mercury Bioaccumulation in Fishes: Habitat, Landscape, and Biogeochemical Drivers of Fish Mercury

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    Eagles-Smith, C.; Ackerman, J.; Herring, G.; Willacker, J.; Flanagan, C.

    2014-12-01

    Mercury (Hg) is a globally distributed contaminant that threatens ecosystem health across aquatic environments. The complexity of the Hg cycle and its primary drivers, coupled with dynamic food web processes that govern biomagnification, result in marked spatial variability in Hg bioaccumulation across aquatic ecosystems. However, it is unclear if patterns of bioaccumulation are consistent in magnitude and direction across ecosystem types. We synthesized data from several studies spanning more than 200 individual sites, comprising four distinct ecosystem classifications (estuaries, sub-alpine lakes, rivers, and managed wetlands). Within each ecosystem, we compared fish Hg concentrations among replicated sub-habitats and also evaluated the influence of land use, landscape composition, and biogeochemical drivers on fish Hg concentrations. We found substantial variability in fish Hg concentrations among adjacent sub-habitats within ecosystems. In estuarine environments, fish Hg concentrations were 7.4x higher in seasonal-saline wetlands than adjacent tidal wetland habitats. In riverine alcoves, preliminary data suggest that fish Hg concentrations were 1.5x higher than in fishes from paired mainstem river habitat. Among managed wetland habitats, fish Hg concentrations in rice fields were 2x higher than those in managed seasonal wetlands that were subjected to identical wetting and drying patterns. Across ecosystems, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations in surface waters were consistently correlated with fish Hg concentrations, highlighting its importance in Hg methylation and transport processes. Yet, the strength and direction of the relationships varied among habitat types. For example, fish Hg concentrations were positively correlated with DOC concentrations in riverine environments, whereas we found a negative correlation in alpine lakes. Instead, the most important determinant of fish Hg concentrations in alpine lakes was conifer tree density within a lake's catchment, resulting in a 4x increase in fish Hg concentration in lakes with the lowest to the highest catchment conifer tree density. Together, this integrated ecosystem analysis highlights the importance of understanding small-scale variation in bioaccumulation processes in order to better predict Hg risk.

  11. Similarities between Line Fishing and Baited Stereo-Video Estimations of Length-Frequency: Novel Application of Kernel Density Estimates

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    Langlois, Timothy J.; Fitzpatrick, Benjamin R.; Fairclough, David V.; Wakefield, Corey B.; Hesp, S. Alex; McLean, Dianne L.; Harvey, Euan S.; Meeuwig, Jessica J.

    2012-01-01

    Age structure data is essential for single species stock assessments but length-frequency data can provide complementary information. In south-western Australia, the majority of these data for exploited species are derived from line caught fish. However, baited remote underwater stereo-video systems (stereo-BRUVS) surveys have also been found to provide accurate length measurements. Given that line fishing tends to be biased towards larger fish, we predicted that, stereo-BRUVS would yield len...

  12. Assessment of spatial heterogeneity, environmental controls, and prediction accuracy of soil organic carbon stocks across geospatial and earth system models

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    Mishra, U.; Riley, W. J.; Koven, C. D.

    2012-12-01

    Reliable estimates of regional soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and their spatial variability are essential to better understand environmental controls of SOC stocks and their vulnerability to changing climate. We compared SOC estimates from four geospatial (linear regression, geographically weighted regression, regression kriging, and local regression kriging) approaches and four earth system model (ESM) (Beijing Climate center, Canadian Center for Climate Modeling, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory) estimates to evaluate the spatial heterogeneity of SOC stocks for the State of Alaska, USA. Soil wetness, near-surface air temperature, and net primary productivity (NPP) controls were evaluated across geospatial and ESM model estimates. Spatial heterogeneity of SOC stocks was more realistic and in agreement with existing pedogenic knowledge in geospatial estimates in comparison to ESM estimates. Observed environmental controls were not consistent across models. Prediction errors varied within geospatial and ESM estimates, in general, higher prediction errors were obtained for the SOC stocks generated from ESMs in comparison to geospatial approaches. Our results indicate the need for better process representations of the environmental controls of arctic SOC stocks in ESMs. We also investigated how environmental controls on SOC stocks changed with spatial resolution (100 m, 200 m, 500 m, 1 km, 2 km, 5 km, and 10 km) of controlling factors. The spatial structure and effective length scales of relationships between controls and SOC differed between controls, with soil wetness having the lowest effective length scale, followed by NPP, and then near-surface air temperature. We propose methods to apply these scaling results to improve SOC mechanisms implemented in ESMs.

  13. Designing and validating the methodology for the Internet assessment of fish consumption at a university setting

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    Erika da Silva, Maciel; Julia Santos, Vasconcelos; Luciana Kimie Savay da, Silva; Jaqueline Girnos, Sonati; Juliana, Galvão; Dirceu da, Silva; Marília, Oetterer.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Assessing fish consumption is complex and involves several factors; however, the use of questionnaires in surveys and the use of the Internet as tool to collect data have been considered promising approaches. Therefore, the objective of this research was to design a data collection technique using a [...] questionnaire to assess fish consumption by making it available on a specific home page on the Internet. A bibliographical survey or review was carried out to identify the features of the instrument, and therefore pre-tests were conducted with previous instruments, followed by the Focus Group technique. Specialists then performed an analysis and conducted an online pre-test. Multivariate data analysis was applied using the SmartPLS software. The results indicate that 1.966 participants belonging to the University of São Paulo (USP) community participated in the test, and after the exclusion of some variables, a statistically significant results were obtained. The final constructs comprised consumption, quality, and general characteristics. The instrument consisted of behavioral statements in a 5-point Likert scale and multiple-choice questions. The Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient was 0.66 for general characteristics, 0.98 for quality, and 0.91 for consumption, which indicate good reliability of the instrument. In conclusion, the results proved that the Internet assessment is efficient. The instrument of analysis allowed us to better understand the process of buying and consuming fish in the country, and it can be used as base for further research.

  14. Designing and validating the methodology for the Internet assessment of fish consumption at a university setting

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    Erika da Silva Maciel

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Assessing fish consumption is complex and involves several factors; however, the use of questionnaires in surveys and the use of the Internet as tool to collect data have been considered promising approaches. Therefore, the objective of this research was to design a data collection technique using a questionnaire to assess fish consumption by making it available on a specific home page on the Internet. A bibliographical survey or review was carried out to identify the features of the instrument, and therefore pre-tests were conducted with previous instruments, followed by the Focus Group technique. Specialists then performed an analysis and conducted an online pre-test. Multivariate data analysis was applied using the SmartPLS software. The results indicate that 1.966 participants belonging to the University of São Paulo (USP community participated in the test, and after the exclusion of some variables, a statistically significant results were obtained. The final constructs comprised consumption, quality, and general characteristics. The instrument consisted of behavioral statements in a 5-point Likert scale and multiple-choice questions. The Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient was 0.66 for general characteristics, 0.98 for quality, and 0.91 for consumption, which indicate good reliability of the instrument. In conclusion, the results proved that the Internet assessment is efficient. The instrument of analysis allowed us to better understand the process of buying and consuming fish in the country, and it can be used as base for further research.

  15. Application of Biochemical and Physiological Indicators for Assessing Recovery of Fish Populations in a Disturbed Stream

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    Adams, Marshall [ORNL; Ham, Kenneth [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Recovery dynamics in a previously disturbed streamwere investigated to determine the influence of a series of remedial actions on stream recovery and to evaluate the potential application of bioindicators as an environmental management tool. A suite of bioindicators, representing five different functional response groups, were measured annually for a sentinel fish species over a 15 year period during which a variety of remedial and pollution abatement actions were implemented. Trends in biochemical, physiological, condition, growth, bioenergetic, and nutritional responses demonstrated that the health status of a sentinel fish species in the disturbed stream approached that of fish in the reference stream by the end of the study. Two major remedial actions, dechlorination and water flow management, had large effects on stream recovery resulting in an improvement in the bioenergetic, disease, nutritional, and organ condition status of the sentinel fish species. A subset of bioindicators responded rather dramatically to temporal trends affecting all sites, but some indicators showed little response to disturbance or to restoration activities. In assessing recovery of aquatic systems, application of appropriate integrative structural indices along with a variety of sensitive functional bioindicators should be used to understand the mechanistic basis of stress and recovery and to reduce the risk of false positives. Understanding the mechanistic processes involved between stressors, stress responses of biota, and the recovery dynamics of aquatic systems reduces the uncertainty involved in environmental management and regulatory decisions resulting in an increased ability to predict the consequences of restoration and remedial actions for aquatic systems.

  16. Application of Biochemical and Physiological Indicators for Assessing Recovery of Fish Populations in a Disturbed Stream

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    Adams, S. M.; Ham, Kenneth D.

    2011-06-01

    Recovery dynamics in a previously disturbed streamwere investigated to determine the influence of a series of remedial actions on stream recovery and to evaluate the potential application of bioindicators as an environmental management tool. A suite of bioindicators, representing five different functional response groups, were measured annually for a sentinel fish species over a 15 year period during which a variety of remedial and pollution abatement actions were implemented. Trends in biochemical, physiological, condition, growth, bioenergetic, and nutritional responses demonstrated that the health status of a sentinel fish species in the disturbed stream approached that of fish in the reference stream by the end of the study. Two major remedial actions, dechlorination and water flow management, had large effects on stream recovery resulting in an improvement in the bioenergetic, disease, nutritional, and organ condition status of the sentinel fish species. A subset of bioindicators responded rather dramatically to temporal trends affecting all sites, but some indicators showed little response to disturbance or to restoration activities. In assessing recovery of aquatic systems, application of appropriate integrative structural indices along with a variety of sensitive functional bioindicators should be used to understand the mechanistic basis of stress and recovery and to reduce the risk of false positives. Understanding the mechanistic processes involved between stressors, stress responses of biota, and the recovery dynamics of aquatic systems reduces the uncertainty involved in environmental management and regulatory decisions resulting in an increased ability to predict the consequences of restoration and remedial actions for aquatic systems.

  17. Application of Biochemical and Physiological Indicators for Assessing Recovery of Fish Populations in a Disturbed Stream

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    Adams, S. Marshall; Ham, Kenneth D.

    2011-06-01

    Recovery dynamics in a previously disturbed stream were investigated to determine the influence of a series of remedial actions on stream recovery and to evaluate the potential application of bioindicators as an environmental management tool. A suite of bioindicators, representing five different functional response groups, were measured annually for a sentinel fish species over a 15 year period during which a variety of remedial and pollution abatement actions were implemented. Trends in biochemical, physiological, condition, growth, bioenergetic, and nutritional responses demonstrated that the health status of a sentinel fish species in the disturbed stream approached that of fish in the reference stream by the end of the study. Two major remedial actions, dechlorination and water flow management, had large effects on stream recovery resulting in an improvement in the bioenergetic, disease, nutritional, and organ condition status of the sentinel fish species. A subset of bioindicators responded rather dramatically to temporal trends affecting all sites, but some indicators showed little response to disturbance or to restoration activities. In assessing recovery of aquatic systems, application of appropriate integrative structural indices along with a variety of sensitive functional bioindicators should be used to understand the mechanistic basis of stress and recovery and to reduce the risk of false positives. Understanding the mechanistic processes involved between stressors, stress responses of biota, and the recovery dynamics of aquatic systems reduces the uncertainty involved in environmental management and regulatory decisions resulting in an increased ability to predict the consequences of restoration and remedial actions for aquatic systems.

  18. Replacing fish meal by food waste in feed pellets to culture lower trophic level fish containing acceptable levels of organochlorine pesticides: health risk assessments.

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    Cheng, Zhang; Mo, Wing-Yin; Man, Yu-Bon; Nie, Xiang-Ping; Li, Kai-Bing; Wong, Ming-Hung

    2014-12-01

    The present study used food waste (collected from local hotels and restaurants) feed pellets in polyculture of low-trophic level fish [bighead (Aristichtys nobilis), grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus), and mud carp (Cirrhina molitorella)] aiming at producing safe and quality products for local consumption. The results indicated that grass carp (hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) food waste feed pellets were relatively free of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). The experimental ponds (water and sediment) were relatively free of OCPs, lowering the possibility of biomagnification of OCPs in the food chains within the ponds. The raw concentrations of OCPs extracted from the fish were not in the bioavailable form, which would ultimately reach bloodstream and exert adverse effects on human body. Health risk assessments based on digestible concentrations are commonly regarded as a more accurate method. The results of health risk assessments based on raw and digestible concentrations showed that the fish fed with food waste feed pellets were safe for consumption from the OCP perspective. PMID:25080070

  19. Assessing the added value of the recent declaration on unregulated fishing for sustainable governance of the central Arctic Ocean

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    Kourantidou, Melina

    2016-01-01

    . In this paper, the four Interim Measures in the Declaration are discussed and what value these measures bring beyond the existing international agreements is explored. It is found that even though the Declaration fills a gap in the management of potential fish stocks in the central Arctic Ocean......, adopts an appropriate precautionary approach and encourages joint research activities, there are both opportunities and challenges connected to its implementation. The most valuable and urgent Interim Measure is that of joint scientific cooperation, which will facilitate more region-specific research and...

  20. Deliverable 3.4-4: Fish indicators for ecological status assessment of lakes affected by eutrophication and hydromorphological pressures

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    Pédron, S.; De Bortoli, J.; Argillier, C.

    2009-01-01

    One of the objectives of work package 3.4 of WISER is to develop a fish-based ecological status indicator for European lakes exposed to hydromorphological and eutrophication pressures, including uncertainty assessment.

  1. Extraction of fish body oil from Sardinella longiceps by employing direct steaming method and its quantitative and qualitative assessment

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    Moorthy Pravinkumar

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the quantitative and qualitative properties of the extracted fish oil from Sardinella longiceps (S. longiceps. Methods: Four size groups of S. longiceps were examined for the extraction of fish oil based on length. The size groups included Group I (size range of 7.1–10.0 cm, Group II (size range of 10.1–13.0 cm, Group III (size range of 13.1–16.0 cm and Group IV (size range of 16.1– 19.0 cm. Fish oil was extracted from the tissues of S. longiceps by direct steaming method. The oil was then subjected to the determination of specific gravity, refractive index, moisture content, free fatty acids, iodine value, peroxide value, saponification value and observation of colour. Results: The four groups showed different yield of fish oil that Group IV recorded the highest values of (165.00 ± 1.00 mL/kg followed by Group III [(145.66 ± 1.15 mL/kg] and Group II [(129.33 ± 0.58 mL/kg], whereas Group I recorded the lowest values of (78.33 ± 0.58 mL/ kg in monsoon season, and the average yield was (180.0 ± 4.9 mL/kg fish tissues. These analytical values of the crude oil were well within the acceptable standard values for both fresh and stocked samples. Conclusions: The information generated in the present study pertaining to the quantitative and qualitative analysis of fish oil will serve as a reference baseline for entrepreneurs and industrialists in future for the successful commercial production of fish oil by employing oil sardines.

  2. Evaluation of swimming capability and potential velocity barrier problems for fish. Part B: New telemetric approaches to the assessment of fish swimming performance

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    This report represents the second part of a study undertaken to develop information related to swimming capability of several important fish species. The study will provide biological design criteria to mitigate potential velocity barrier problems associated with hydroelectric power plants. This part of the report focuses on the development and evaluation of approaches to assessing locomotory activity, swimming performance and energy load costs to fish under naturally occurring conditions and in relation to potential barriers. The study involved implantation of a bio-sensitive radio transmitter (electromyogram (EMG)) tag in the swimming muscle of fish, calibration of locomotory ability and energetic scope, and subsequent use of EMG signals to assess swimming performance and metabolic costs in situ. Digital signal processing (DSP) with antennae switching was also used to study high speed swimming performance, behaviour, and migratory strategy in relation to ascent of an experimental flume. The techniques and technologies developed indicate the complexity of factors that regulate fish swimming energy expenditure that need to be considered in the design and operation of fish passage facilities. 84 refs., 6 tabs., figs., 2 appendices

  3. Arsenic speciation in fish products and seafood as a prerequisite for proper risk assessment

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    Pierluigi Piras

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The Boi Cerbus lagoon, facing a mining and industrial site in Sardinia (Italy, is an important fishing area for the local population. Previous studies showed high concentrations of total arsenic (Astot in fish, molluscs and crustaceans sampled in the lagoon, and a possible exceeding of the provisional tolerable weekly intake set by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives by some local consumer groups. However, the percentage of inorganic As (Asinorg should be known for a correct assessment of potential risk, as its toxicity is much higher than that of the organic forms. Eighty samples of 14 different species of fish, molluscs and crustaceans, sampled in the Boi Cerbus lagoon in 3 different seasons (winter, spring and summer, were analysed for Astot by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS and Asinorg by high performance liquid chromatography-ICP-MS. All the data obtained from the analysis were statistically processed to evaluate significant differences based on season, taxon and habitat, in preparation for a subsequent risk assessment.

  4. Do national advisories serve local consumers: an assessment of mercury in economically important North Carolina fish.

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    Petre, Sally Jane; Sackett, Dana K; Aday, D Derek

    2012-05-01

    Consumption of marine fish provides both benefits (lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids and essential nutrients) and risks (main source of mercury (Hg) exposure for humans). Mercury is a potent neurotoxin and the source of more fish advisories nationwide than any other toxicant. Despite the widespread nature of Hg, it is unknown whether local Hg contamination reflects national and regional levels often used as bases to inform consumers of potential fish consumption risk. Thus, the objectives of our study were to examine Hg levels of six commonly consumed marine species harvested locally off the North Carolina coast and to compare our results to published regional (Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch List) and national (Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, and Food and Drug Administration, FDA) Hg averages, action levels, and guidelines. We found significant differences in Hg concentrations among collected species, and we identified correlations between Hg concentration and fish length and trophic levels. Collected mahi mahi and triggerfish were below the EPA fish tissue action level (0.3ppm). Wahoo and grouper exceeded the EPA action level but were below the FDA action level (1.0ppm). King mackerel had the highest Hg concentration among targeted species, exceeding both EPA and FDA action levels. Further, our local results were not always consistent with calculated averages from EPA and FDA databases for the same species, and although many of our findings were consistent with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch List (southeast region), recommendations based on Hg levels would conflict with recommendations they provide based on sustainability. We find regional and national averages are not always reflective of local Hg contamination and suggest local data may be needed to accurately assess consumer risk. PMID:22453298

  5. A multispecies statistical age-structured model to assess predator-prey balance: application to an intensively managed Lake Michigan pelagic fish community

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    Tsehaye, Iyob; Jones, Michael L.; Bence, James R.; Brenden, Travis O.; Madenjian, Charles P.; Warner, David M.

    2014-01-01

    Using a Bayesian model fitting approach, we developed a multispecies statistical catch-at-age model to assess trade-offs between predatory demands and prey productivities, focusing on the Lake Michigan pelagic fish community. We assessed these trade-offs in terms of predation mortalities and productivities of alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) and functional responses of salmonines. Our predation mortality estimates suggest that salmonine consumption has been a major driver of historical fluctuations in prey abundance, with sharp declines in alewife abundance in the 1980s and 2000s coinciding with estimated increases in predation mortalities. While Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) were food limited during periods of low alewife abundance, other salmonines appeared to maintain a (near) maximum per-predator consumption across all observed prey densities, suggesting that feedback mechanisms are unlikely to help maintain a balance between predator consumption and prey productivity in Lake Michigan. This study demonstrates that a multispecies modeling approach that combines stock assessment methods with explicit consideration of predator–prey interactions could provide the basis for tactical decision-making from a broader ecosystem perspective.

  6. Assessing Fish and Motile Fauna around Offshore Windfarms Using Stereo Baited Video

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    Griffin, Ross A.; Robinson, Gary J.; West, Ashley; Gloyne-Phillips, Ian T.; Unsworth, Richard K. F.

    2016-01-01

    There remains limited knowledge of how offshore windfarm developments influence fish assemblages, particularly at a local scale around the turbine structures. Considering the existing levels of anthropogenic pressures on coastal fish populations it is becoming increasingly important for developers and environmental regulators to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing fish assemblages. Improving our ability to assess such fish populations in close proximity to structures will assist in increasing this knowledge. In the present study we provide the first trial use of Baited Remote Underwater Stereo-Video systems (stereo BRUVs) for the quantification of motile fauna in close proximity to offshore wind turbines. The study was conducted in the Irish Sea and finds the technique to be a viable means of assessing the motile fauna of such environments. The present study found a mixture of species including bottom dwellers, motile crustaceans and large predatory fish. The majority of taxa observed were found to be immature individuals with few adult individuals recorded. The most abundant species were the angular crab (Goneplax rhomboides) and the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula). Of note in this study was the generally low abundance and diversity of taxa recorded across all samples, we hypothesise that this reflects the generally poor state of the local fauna of the Irish Sea. The faunal assemblages sampled in close proximity to turbines were observed to alter with increasing distance from the structure, species more characteristic of hard bottom environments were in abundance at the turbines (e.g. Homarus gammarus, Cancer pagarus, Scyliorhinus spp.) and those further away more characteristic of soft bottoms (e.g. Norwegian Lobster). This study highlights the need for the environmental impacts of offshore renewables on motile fauna to be assessed using targeted and appropriate tools. Stereo BRUVs provide one of those tools, but like the majority of methods for sampling marine biota, they have limitations. We conclude our paper by providing a discussion of the benefits and limitations of using this BRUV technique for assessing fauna within areas close to offshore windfarms. PMID:26934587

  7. Preliminary Observations On The Relative Growth And Production Of Tilapia Species Cultured In Cages At Three Stocking Densities

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    1987-01-01

    Relative growth rate and productivity of Tilapia species (T. nilotica and T. galilaea) were studied for fish reared in cages in the Serow fish farm, Egypt. Both species were reared under three different stocking densities 100, 200 and 300 fish/ in^The fish were fed daily with supplementary food of 20% protein content at 5% of the stock weight-Control cages of each type of fish at the lowest stocking density were maintained without supplementary feeding. Results indicated that the individua...

  8. Toxicological assessment of fish (Clarias gariepinus) from bitumen-polluted River Oluwa, Nigeria.

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    Ayandiran, T A; Dahunsi, S O

    2016-02-01

    Toxicological evaluation of Clarias gariepinus from bitumen-polluted River Oluwa, Nigeria, was carried out in furtherance of studies on the environmental impacts of the bitumen exploration in Ondo State, Nigeria. Samples were taken from three different (two polluted and one as control) sites. The effect of changes in monthly seasonal flow rate was assessed for the sites of study. Blood plasma clinical-chemical parameters (BCCPs) and histological changes/lesions in various organs were evaluated as markers of pollution in the fish blood using standard methods. The result of the physicochemical properties of water from the sampling points revealed some of the values conforming to approved standards while others showed deviation. Significant differences were found in the blood and histological endpoints between the control and the polluted sites as well as between the two seasons evaluated across the sites. The public health implications of consuming this fish are fully discussed. PMID:26725477

  9. TOXICITY ASSESSMENT OF PHOSPHONIUM BASED IONIC LIQUIDS TOWARDS FEMALE GUPPY FISH

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    Mohanad El-Harbawi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, two phosphonium based ionic liquids (butyl triphenyl phosphonium chloride and hexyl triphenyl phosphonium bromide have been synthesized using quarternisation process. The toxicities of these Ionic Liquids (ILs are unknown and may be harmful to humans and the environment. Therefore, the toxicity assessment of these ILs was carried out according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD 203 guideline using female guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata. The median Lethal Concentrations (LC50 have been estimated for butyl triphenyl phosphonium chloride and for hexyl triphenyl phosphonium bromide to be 73.35 and 61.36 mg L-1 respectively. Both LC50 obtained can be identified as slightly toxic ILs based on Acute Toxicity Rating Scale by Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS. The findings from this study can be used for better design of phosphonium-based ILs with consideration of their aquatic toxicities.

  10. Rapid assessment of toxicity of oil sands process-affected waters using fish cell lines

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    Oil-sand process-affected waters (OSPAW) are being evaluated in acute and chronic toxicity tests with various model organisms to assess the safety of reclamation ponds where OSPAWs are being deposited. Classical toxicity assays typically require large volumes of test waters, take time and are costly. They may also require expensive analytical assays to characterize the contaminants present. Cytotoxicity assays using indigenous and model fish cell lines may prove useful for a prompt comparative toxicity assessment of copious samples retrieved at various temporal and spatial sites at a fraction of cost and time compared to in vivo assays. This presentation reported on a study in which a rapid fluorometric assay using several fish cell lines was used to assess the acute toxicity of 20 water samples including OSPAW. The water samples were mixed with media salts and evaluated directly on cells in culture without prior extraction procedures. The evaluation was done in blind and a consistent pattern of toxicity was observed with the tested cell lines. It was concluded that this approach may minimize the need of using whole organisms for toxicity assessment of OSPAW.

  11. A broadened causality in variance approach to assess the risk dynamics between crude oil prices and the Jordanian stock market

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    Within the new developed causality-in-variance approach, this paper builds up a broad methodological framework to more accurately capture the risk spillover effects between global oil prices and Jordanian stock market returns during the period 1 March 2003–31 January 2014. The sample period is divided, on the basis of the 2008 financial crisis, into pre-crisis and post-crisis periods. Results for the pre-crisis period show a lack of risk spillovers between global oil and the Jordanian stock market. After the crisis, however, we find evidence for one-way risk spillover running from the oil market. These findings have implications for the design of appropriate asset allocation and regulatory policies to manage risk spillover effects. -- Highlights: •A broad methodological framework accurately seizes dynamic risk spillover between oil prices and Jordanian stock returns. •We find insignificant risk spillover until the start of the financial crisis. •Crude oil transmits its risk to the Jordanian stock market

  12. Microbiological assessment along the fish production chain of the Norwegian pelagic fisheries sector--Results from a spot sampling programme.

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    Svanevik, Cecilie Smith; Roiha, Irja Sunde; Levsen, Arne; Lunestad, Bjørn Tore

    2015-10-01

    Microbes play an important role in the degradation of fish products, thus better knowledge of the microbiological conditions throughout the fish production chain may help to optimise product quality and resource utilisation. This paper presents the results of a ten-year spot sampling programme (2005-2014) of the commercially most important pelagic fish species harvested in Norway. Fish-, surface-, and storage water samples were collected from fishing vessels and processing factories. Totally 1,181 samples were assessed with respect to microbiological quality, hygiene and food safety. We introduce a quality and safety assessment scheme for fresh pelagic fish recommending limits for heterotrophic plate counts (HPC), thermos tolerant coliforms, enterococci and Listeria monocytogenes. According to the scheme, in 25 of 41 samplings, sub-optimal conditions were found with respect to quality, whereas in 21 and 9 samplings, samples were not in compliance concerning hygiene and food safety, respectively. The present study has revealed that the quality of pelagic fish can be optimised by improving the hygiene conditions at some critical points at an early phase of the production chain. Thus, the proposed assessment scheme may provide a useful tool for the industry to optimise quality and maintain consumer safety of pelagic fishery products. PMID:26187839

  13. The fish embryo toxicity test as an animal alternative method in hazard and risk assessment and scientific research

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    Animal alternatives research has historically focused on human safety assessments and has only recently been extended to environmental testing. This is particularly for those assays that involve the use of fish. A number of alternatives are being pursued by the scientific community including the fish embryo toxicity (FET) test, a proposed replacement alternative to the acute fish test. Discussion of the FET methodology and its application in environmental assessments on a global level was needed. With this emerging issue in mind, the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) and the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) held an International Workshop on the Application of the Fish Embryo Test as an Animal Alternative Method in Hazard and Risk Assessment and Scientific Research in March, 2008. The workshop included approximately 40 scientists and regulators representing government, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations from North America, Europe, and Asia. The goal was to review the state of the science regarding the investigation of fish embryonic tests, pain and distress in fish, emerging approaches utilizing fish embryos, and the use of fish embryo toxicity test data in various types of environmental assessments (e.g., hazard, risk, effluent, and classification and labeling of chemicals). Some specific key outcomes included agreement that risk assessors need fish data for decision-making, that extending the FET to include eluethereombryos was desirable, that relevant endpoints are being used, and that additional endpoints could facilitate additional uses beyond acute toxicity testing. The FET was, however, not yet considered validated sensu OECD. An important action step will be to provide guidance on how all fish tests can be used to assess chemical hazard and to harmonize the diverse terminology used in test guidelines adopted over the past decades. Use of the FET in context of effluent assessments was considered and it is not known if fish embryos are sufficiently sensitive for consideration as a surrogate to the sub-chronic 7-day larval fish growth and survival test used in the United States, for example. Addressing these needs by via workshops, research, and additional data reviews were identified for future action by scientists and regulators.

  14. The fish embryo toxicity test as an animal alternative method in hazard and risk assessment and scientific research

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    Embry, Michelle R., E-mail: membry@ilsi.org [ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute, 1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 (United States); Belanger, Scott E., E-mail: belanger.se@pg.com [Procter and Gamble, Central Product Safety, PO Box 538707, Miami Valley Innovation Center, Cincinnati, OH 45253-8707 (United States); Braunbeck, Thomas A., E-mail: braunbeck@zoo.uni-heidelberg.de [University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 230, Heidelberg D -69120 (Germany); Galay-Burgos, Malyka, E-mail: malyka.galay-burgos@ecetoc.org [European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC), 4 Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse B-1160, Brussels (Belgium); Halder, Marlies, E-mail: marlies.halder@jrc.ec.europa.eu [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, In-Vitro Methods Unit TP-580 Ispra 21027 (Italy); Hinton, David E., E-mail: dhinton@duke.edu [Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, PO Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708, Unites States (United States); Leonard, Marc A., E-mail: mleonard@rd.loreal.com [L' Oreal Recherche Avancee, Unite d' Ecotoxicologie, 1 av. E. Schueller, 93601 Aulnay sous bois (France); Lillicrap, Adam, E-mail: Adam.lillicrap@niva.no [AstraZeneca, Freshwater Quarry, Brixham TQ5 8BA (United Kingdom); Norberg-King, Teresa, E-mail: norberg-king.teresa@epa.gov [U.S. EPA, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, 6201 Congdon Boulevard, Duluth, MN 55804-1636 (United States); Whale, Graham, E-mail: graham.whale@shell.com [Shell Global Solutions, Analytical Technology, P.O. Box 1, Chester CH1 3SH (United Kingdom)

    2010-04-15

    Animal alternatives research has historically focused on human safety assessments and has only recently been extended to environmental testing. This is particularly for those assays that involve the use of fish. A number of alternatives are being pursued by the scientific community including the fish embryo toxicity (FET) test, a proposed replacement alternative to the acute fish test. Discussion of the FET methodology and its application in environmental assessments on a global level was needed. With this emerging issue in mind, the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute (HESI) and the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) held an International Workshop on the Application of the Fish Embryo Test as an Animal Alternative Method in Hazard and Risk Assessment and Scientific Research in March, 2008. The workshop included approximately 40 scientists and regulators representing government, industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations from North America, Europe, and Asia. The goal was to review the state of the science regarding the investigation of fish embryonic tests, pain and distress in fish, emerging approaches utilizing fish embryos, and the use of fish embryo toxicity test data in various types of environmental assessments (e.g., hazard, risk, effluent, and classification and labeling of chemicals). Some specific key outcomes included agreement that risk assessors need fish data for decision-making, that extending the FET to include eluethereombryos was desirable, that relevant endpoints are being used, and that additional endpoints could facilitate additional uses beyond acute toxicity testing. The FET was, however, not yet considered validated sensu OECD. An important action step will be to provide guidance on how all fish tests can be used to assess chemical hazard and to harmonize the diverse terminology used in test guidelines adopted over the past decades. Use of the FET in context of effluent assessments was considered and it is not known if fish embryos are sufficiently sensitive for consideration as a surrogate to the sub-chronic 7-day larval fish growth and survival test used in the United States, for example. Addressing these needs by via workshops, research, and additional data reviews were identified for future action by scientists and regulators.

  15. Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Opening of Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge to Fishing

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This proposal calls for the opening of Mathews Brake NWR to sport fishing. General regulations pertaining to licenses, creel limits, and methods of taking fish will...

  16. Assessment of Environmental Contaminants in Muddy River Fishes, Clark County, Nevada

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — In 2002 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Service Southern Nevada Field Office initiated a study to identify environmental contaminant impacts to native fish of...

  17. Assessment of fish health effects resulting from exposure to oil sands wastewater

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    Balch, G.C.; Goudey, J.S. [HydroQual Labs. Ltd., Calgary, Alberta (Canada); Birkholtz, D. [EnviroTest Labs. Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta (Canada); Van Meer, T.; MacKinnon, M. [Syncrude Canada Ltd., Fort McMurray, Alberta (Canada)

    1995-12-31

    The objective of this study was to determine if oil sands wastewater had an effect on the general health and condition of hatchery raised rainbow trout (200 to 400 g). Effects were assessed based on a battery of physiological and biochemical indices and the physical condition of the fish. The trout were exposed to tailings water in the field and in a flow through system under laboratory conditions. The field tests were conducted in 1992 and 1993 in experimental ponds at Syncrude which contained fine tails covered with surface water, fine tails covered with tailings water, and a surface water control pond. The laboratory treatments included Mildred Lake tailings water, dyke drainage water, fractionated tailings pond water (acid fraction containing naphthenic acids), sodium naphthenate, recycle water from Suncor`s tailings pond, and a laboratory control. All body condition factors and blood parameters were normal in the field and laboratory exposed fish and there were no apparent differences between the fish exposed to the tailings water and controls.

  18. Assessment of fish health effects resulting from exposure to oil sands wastewater

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    The objective of this study was to determine if oil sands wastewater had an effect on the general health and condition of hatchery raised rainbow trout (200 to 400 g). Effects were assessed based on a battery of physiological and biochemical indices and the physical condition of the fish. The trout were exposed to tailings water in the field and in a flow through system under laboratory conditions. The field tests were conducted in 1992 and 1993 in experimental ponds at Syncrude which contained fine tails covered with surface water, fine tails covered with tailings water, and a surface water control pond. The laboratory treatments included Mildred Lake tailings water, dyke drainage water, fractionated tailings pond water (acid fraction containing naphthenic acids), sodium naphthenate, recycle water from Suncor's tailings pond, and a laboratory control. All body condition factors and blood parameters were normal in the field and laboratory exposed fish and there were no apparent differences between the fish exposed to the tailings water and controls

  19. Assessment of two nonnative poeciliid fishes for monitoring selenium exposure in the endangered desert pupfish

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    Saiki, Michael K.; Martin, Barbara A.; May, Thomas W.; Brumbaugh, William G.

    2012-01-01

    We assessed the suitability of two nonnative poeciliid fishes—western mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) and sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna)—for monitoring selenium exposure in desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius). Our investigation was prompted by a need to avoid lethal take of an endangered species (pupfish) when sampling fish for chemical analysis. Total selenium (SeTot) concentrations in both poeciliids were highly correlated with SeTot concentrations in pupfish. However, mean SeTot concentrations varied among fish species, with higher concentrations measured in mosquitofish than in mollies and pupfish from one of three sampled agricultural drains. Moreover, regression equations describing the relationship of selenomethionine to SeTot differed between mosquitofish and pupfish, but not between mollies and pupfish. Because selenium accumulates in animals primarily through dietary exposure, we examined fish trophic relationships by measuring stable isotopes (? 13C and ? 15N) and gut contents. According to ? 13C measurements, the trophic pathway leading to mosquitofish was more carbon-depleted than trophic pathways leading to mollies and pupfish, suggesting that energy flow to mosquitofish originated from allochthonous sources (terrestrial vegetation, emergent macrophytes, or both), whereas energy flow to mollies and pupfish originated from autochthonous sources (filamentous algae, submerged macrophytes, or both). The ? 15N measurements indicated that mosquitofish and mollies occupied similar trophic levels, whereas pupfish occupied a slightly higher trophic level. Analysis of gut contents showed that mosquitofish consumed mostly winged insects (an indication of terrestrial taxa), whereas mollies and pupfish consumed mostly organic detritus. Judging from our results, only mollies (not mosquitofish) are suitable for monitoring selenium exposure in pupfish.

  20. Assessing the feasibility of native fish reintroductions: a framework applied to threatened bull trout

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    Dunham, Jason B.; Gallo, Kirsten; Shively, Dan; Allen, Chris; Goehring, Brad

    2011-01-01

    Translocations to recover native fishes have resulted in mixed success. One reason for the failure of these actions is inadequate assessments of their feasibility prior to implementation. Here, we provide a framework developed to assess the feasibility of one type of translocation-reintroduction. The framework was founded on two simple components of feasibility: the potential for recipient habitats to support a reintroduction and the potential of available donor populations to support a reintroduction. Within each component, we developed a series of key questions. The final assessment was based on a scoring system that incorporated consideration of uncertainty in available information. The result was a simple yet transparent system for assessing reintroduction feasibility that can be rapidly applied in practice. We applied this assessment framework to the potential reintroduction of threatened bull trout Salvelinus confluentus into the Clackamas River, Oregon. In this case, the assessment suggested that the degree of feasibility for reintroduction was high based on the potential of recipient habitats and available donor populations. The assessment did not provide a comprehensive treatment of all possible factors that would drive an actual decision to implement a reintroduction,

  1. Winter diet of great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) on the River Vltava: estimate of size and species composition and potential for fish stock losses.

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    ?ech, Martin; Vej?ík, Lukáš

    2011-01-01

    Ro?. 60, ?. 2 (2011), 129–142. ISSN 0139-7893. [Czech Ichthyological Conference /XII./. Vod?any, 19.05.2010-20.05.2010] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/06/1371; GA ?R(CZ) GP206/09/P266; GA AV ?R(CZ) 1QS600170504 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Keywords : diagnostic bones * fish withdrawal * regurgitated pellets * European chub * European perch * grayling * roach * ruffe * Slapy Reservoir * trout spp. Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.554, year: 2011

  2. Anglerfish Lophius piscatorius L. in Faroese waters. Life history, ecological importance and stock status

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    Ofstad, Lise Helen

    2013-01-01

    Anglerfish Lophius piscatorius has during the last two decades become a highly exploited resource and is now one of the five most economically important demersal fish species in the Faroese fishery. Despite this, there is at present little information available on the population status of anglerfish in Faroese waters. The main aim of this study is to increase the biological knowledge of anglerfish and to perform an assessment of the stock in order to evaluate the sustainability of the anglerf...

  3. Does predation by grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) affect Bothnian Sea herring stock estimates?

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    Gårdmark, Anna; Östman, Örjan; Nielsen, Anders; Lundström, Karl; Karlsson, Olle; Pönni, Jukka; Aho, Teija

    2012-01-01

    Mortality of small pelagic fish due to marine mammals is generally considered to be low compared with other sources of mortality. With recent recoveries of marine mammal predators worldwide, this may no longer hold. The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) population in the Bothnian Sea has increased fivefold since 1985. Its main prey, herring (Clupea harrengus), is a key species for fisheries in the region. Yet, current stock assessments assume constant natural mortality, leading to a risk of biased ...

  4. Feeding behavior of black carp Mylopharyngodon piceus (Pisces: Cyprinidae) on fry of other fish species and trematode transmitting snail species

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    Hung, Nguyen Manh; The, Dang Tat; Stauffer, Jay R.; Madsen, Henry

    2014-01-01

    Fish raised in aquaculture ponds may get infected with fishborne zoonotic trematodes (FZT) during the nursing stage. Freshwater snails serve as intermediate hosts for FZT and we wanted to explore the possibility of controlling snails by stocking nursery ponds with a few juvenile specimens of the mollusc-eating fish, black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus). Obviously, the risk that black carp might also prey on the juvenile fishes in nursery ponds should first be assessed. Laboratory trials showed th...

  5. Linking hydrologic, physical and chemical habitat environments for the potential assessment of fish community rehabilitation in a developing city

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    Zhao, C. S.; Yang, S. T.; Liu, C. M.; Dou, T. W.; Yang, Z. L.; Yang, Z. Y.; Liu, X. L.; Xiang, H.; Nie, S. Y.; Zhang, J. L.; Mitrovic, S. M.; Yu, Q.; Lim, R. P.

    2015-04-01

    Aquatic ecological rehabilitation is increasingly attracting considerable public and research attention. An effective method that requires less data and expertise would help in the assessment of rehabilitation potential and in the monitoring of rehabilitation activities as complicated theories and excessive data requirements on assemblage information make many current assessment models expensive and limit their wide use. This paper presents an assessment model for restoration potential which successfully links hydrologic, physical and chemical habitat factors to fish assemblage attributes drawn from monitoring datasets on hydrology, water quality and fish assemblages at a total of 144 sites, where 5084 fish were sampled and tested. In this model three newly developed sub-models, integrated habitat index (IHSI), integrated ecological niche breadth (INB) and integrated ecological niche overlap (INO), are established to study spatial heterogeneity of the restoration potential of fish assemblages based on gradient methods of habitat suitability index and ecological niche models. To reduce uncertainties in the model, as many fish species as possible, including important native fish, were selected as dominant species with monitoring occurring over several seasons to comprehensively select key habitat factors. Furthermore, a detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) was employed prior to a canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) of the data to avoid the "arc effect" in the selection of key habitat factors. Application of the model to data collected at Jinan City, China proved effective reveals that three lower potential regions that should be targeted in future aquatic ecosystem rehabilitation programs. They were well validated by the distribution of two habitat parameters: river width and transparency. River width positively influenced and transparency negatively influenced fish assemblages. The model can be applied for monitoring the effects of fish assemblage restoration. This has large ramifications for the restoration of aquatic ecosystems and spatial heterogeneity of fish assemblages all over the world.

  6. Assessing the vulnerability of wild rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) stocks to overfishing in the Thompson Nicola Region of British Columbia

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    Webb, Stacy Lynn

    2006-01-01

    Overfishing is more commonly associated with commercial fisheries than recreational fisheries, but evidence increasingly suggests recreational fisheries are not immune. In my study, I use a generalized linear model to examine if wild stocks of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss in British Columbia's Southern Interior lakes are vulnerable to overharvest from recreational anglers. Assuming high angling effort implies high harvest rates, I determined which factors make a lake attractive to angler...

  7. "We Like to Listen to Stories about Fish": Integrating Indigenous Ecological and Scientific Knowledge to Inform Environmental Flow Assessments

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    Sue E. Jackson

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Studies that apply indigenous ecological knowledge to contemporary resource management problems are increasing globally; however, few of these studies have contributed to environmental water management. We interviewed three indigenous landowning groups in a tropical Australian catchment subject to increasing water resource development pressure and trialed tools to integrate indigenous and scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of freshwater fish to assess their water requirements. The differences, similarities, and complementarities between the knowledge of fish held by indigenous people and scientists are discussed in the context of the changing socioeconomic circumstances experienced by indigenous communities of north Australia. In addition to eliciting indigenous knowledge that confirmed field fish survey results, the approach generated knowledge that was new to both science and indigenous participants, respectively. Indigenous knowledge influenced (1 the conceptual models developed by scientists to understand the flow ecology and (2 the structure of risk assessment tools designed to understand the vulnerability of particular fish to low-flow scenarios.

  8. Assessing water quality at large geographic scales: Relations among land use, water physicochemistry, riparian condition, and fish community structure

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    Meador, M.R.; Goldstein, R.M.

    2003-01-01

    Data collected from 172 sites in 20 major river basins between 1993 and 1995 as part of the US Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment Program were analyzed to assess relations among basinwide land use (agriculture, forest, urban, range), water physicochemistry, riparian condition, and fish community structure. A multimetric approach was used to develop regionally referenced indices of fish community and riparian condition. Across large geographic areas, decreased riparian condition was associated with water-quality constituents indicative of nonpoint source inputs-total nitrogen and suspended sediment and basin-wide urban land use. Decreased fish community condition was associated with increases in total dissolved solids and rangeland use and decreases in riparian condition and agricultural land use. Fish community condition was relatively high even in areas where agricultural land use was relatively high (>50% of the basin). Although agricultural land use can have deleterious effects on fish communities, the results of this study suggest that other factors also may be important, including practices that regulate the delivery of nutrients, suspended sediments, and total dissolved solids into streams. Across large geographic scales, measures of water physicochemistry may be better indicators of fish community condition than basinwide land use. Whereas numerous studies have indicated that riparian restorations are successful in specific cases, this analysis suggests the universal importance of riparian zones to the maintenance and restoration of diverse fish communities in streams.

  9. Commercial pond fish culture

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    Wokoma, S.A.

    1987-01-01

    Commercial pond fish culture practice is comparatively new in Nigeria. It is therefore very important that simple guidelines be provided for the establishment, development, and management of such projects. The objective of this paper is to fulfill this urgent need. All aspects of commercial pond fish culture are dealt with. Fish pond operations comprise of pond preparation, stocking, rearing, and harvesting. These have been highlighted in the text, bearing in mind that the most important prin...

  10. ASSESSMENT METHODS OF CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo) DIET

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    Krešimir Terzi?; An?elko Opa?ak; Dinko Jelki?; Tihomir Florijan?i?

    2008-01-01

    Various cormorant diet assessment methods are used to assess their daily meal in order to evaluate, using these and other data, the damage to commercial fish farms as well as the damage on open waters caused by cormorants. All of the parameters used for evaluating the damage to fish stock (number of birds, density and fish structure, daily meal, fish price, degree of protection and preservation etc.) are specific for an individual fishpond or other body of water and can only be used for that ...

  11. Health risk assessment from mercury levels in bycatch fish species from the coasts of Guerrero, Mexico (Eastern Pacific).

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    Spanopoulos-Zarco, P; Ruelas-Inzunza, J; Meza-Montenegro, M; Osuna-Sánchez, K; Amezcua-Martínez, F

    2014-09-01

    With the aim of determining Hg distribution in muscle and liver of bycatch fish from Guerrero state in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and assess the potential risk to consumer, Hg was quantified in 14 species of bycatch fish. For the majority of fish the order of Hg levels was liver > muscle. The highest concentration corresponded to the liver of Isopisthus remifer (2.05 µg g(-1)) and the lowest (0.02 µg g(-1)) was detected in muscle of Prionotus sp. The highest hazard quotient (0.75) was found in the Mexican milkfish Micropogonias ectenes; considering all the individuals, mean hazard quotient was 0.336. PMID:24902649

  12. Influencing factors on the functional level of haemophilic patients assessed by FISH.

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    Kachooei, A R; Badiei, Z; Zandinezhad, M E; Ebrahimzadeh, M H; Mazloumi, S M; Omidi-Kashani, F; Moradi, A; Mahdavian-Naghashzargar, R; Razi, S

    2014-03-01

    Joint destruction in early adulthood brings the patients to the orthopaedic clinics. If a haemophilic patient becomes disabled, it shows a number of factors such as timely diagnosis, availability of appropriate treatment depending on the country, access and affordability to treatments and equally importantly the responsibility of the patient in managing self care by remaining compliant by prescribed treatment regimen. We assessed the functional level by functional independence score in haemophilia (FISH). Overall, 104 patients with haemophilia A and 29 with haemophilia B were evaluated. We assessed the function of the patients by FISH. We divided the sum scores into weak (FISH score 8-16), moderate (17-24), and good (25-32). For evaluating the level of functional deficit in a 2 × 2 table, we categorized the weak and moderate levels into Disordered Group and the good level into Not-Disordered Group. The average age was 26.9 ± 14.24. Each 1 year increase in age can increase 1.07 fold the possibility of being placed in Disordered Function Group. Severe haemophilia can increase 7.34 fold, presence of inhibitor can increase 9.75 fold and home self-care increases 3.89 fold the possibility of being placed in Disordered Function Group. To decrease the burden of the cost on patient, family and the government, education plays the most important role. We suggest that we send a trained team of physician and nurses to the deprived villages and cities instead of waiting for the patient to refer to our Care Center. PMID:24118441

  13. Solow Residuals Without Capital Stocks

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    Burda, Michael C.; Severgnini, Battista

    2014-01-01

    We use synthetic data generated by a prototypical stochastic growth model to assess the accuracy of the Solow residual (Solow, 1957) as a measure of total factor productivity (TFP) growth when the capital stock in use is measured with error. We propose two alternative measurements based on current investment expenditures: one eliminates the capital stock by direct substitution, while the other employs generalized differences of detrended data and the Malmquist index. In short samples, these meas...

  14. Model-based assessment of local-scale fish larval connectivity in a network of marine protected areas

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    Basterretxea, Gotzon; Jordi, Antoni; Catalán, Ignacio Alberto; Sabatés, Ana

    2012-01-01

    We assessed by numerical modeling the coastal fish larval dispersion along the southern coast of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, NW Mediterranean) with the objective of determining the factors that contribute to successful recruitment. We assumed that fish larvae dispersal is mainly regulated by physical transport. Currents are mainly wind driven in this area; therefore, changes in wind forcing have a first-order impact on larval transport. The synoptic wind patterns were systematically analyzed ...

  15. In vitro assessment on intestinal microflora from commonly farmed fishes for control of the fish pathogen Edwardsiella tarda

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    LOH, Jiun Yan; LIM, Yau Yan; HARMIN, Sharr Azni; Ting, Adeline Su Yien

    2014-01-01

    This study was aimed to evaluate the microflora isolated from the intestines of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), freshwater catfish (Clarias batrachus), snakehead (Ophicephalus striatus), snakeskin gourami (Trichogaster pectoralis), climbing perch (Anabas testudineus), and river catfish (Pangasius pangasius) for their potential probiotic development. Isolates were initially screened for their inhibitory effect against one of the most common fish pathogens, Edwardsiella tarda. Positive antagon...

  16. Dose assessment of past accidental or chronic exposure using FISH chromosome painting

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    Lindholm, C.; Salomaa, S

    2000-07-01

    In order to evaluate the practicality of FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridisation) chromosome painting for retrospective biodosimetry, more information on the stability of translocations with time and the control level of translocations is needed. The temporal behaviour of translocation frequency in four accidentally exposed subjects showed that translocations remained relatively stable throughout the first post-accidental years. A decline in translocation yields was, however, observed in one subject exposed to both high dose and partial body irradiation that lead to severe aplasia. This finding implies that FISH biodosimetry may not be informative in cases where the dose has not been uniformly distributed. In our studies, significant age dependence and wide translocation range has been observed. In dose assessment of low dose exposure to a large number of people the age effect has been accounted for by comparing the results with a matched control group. Our data support the use of translocations for retrospective dosimetry for moderately high doses of the order of 1 Gy acute exposure with uniform whole-body exposures. In low dose chronic exposures, reliable assessment of past exposures can be achieved on group level. (author)

  17. Comparative assessment of water quality parameters of mariculture for fish production in Hong Kong Waters.

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    Leung, H M; Leung, S K S; Au, C K; Cheung, K C; Wong, Y K; Leung, A O W; Yung, K K L

    2015-05-15

    The objective of the study is to evaluate the effect of fish cultivation on water quality in fish culture zone (FCZ) and analysed by Principle Component Analysis (PCA). 120 surface water samples were collected from Hong Kong Waters (60 samples in Victoria Harbour and another 60 in Ma Wan FCZ). Significant difference was found in dissolved oxygen (MW: 59.6%; VH: 81.3%), and Escherichia coli (MW: 465 CFU/100 ml; VH: 162.5 CFU/100 ml). Three principle components are responsible for water quality variations in the studying sites. The first component included E. coli (0.625) and dissolved oxygen (0.701). The second included E. coli (0.387) and ammonical-nitrogen (0.571). The third included E. coli (0.194) and ammonical-nitrogen (0.287). This framework provides information to assess the relative contribution of eco-aquaculture to nutrient loads and the subsequent risk of eutrophication. To conclude, a rigorous monitoring of water quality is necessary to assess point and nonpoint source pollution. Besides, appropriate remediation techniques should be used to combat water pollution and achieve sustainability. PMID:25697818

  18. Assessing relationships between chemical exposure, parasite infection, fish health, and fish ecological status: a case study using chub (Leuciscus cephalus) in the Bílina River, Czech Republic.

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    Wenger, M.; Ondra?ková, Markéta; Machala, M.; Ne?a, J.; Hyršl, P.; Šimková, A.; Jurajda, Pavel; von der Ohe, P.; Segner, H.

    2010-01-01

    Ro?. 29, ?. 2 (2010), s. 453-466. ISSN 0730-7268 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC522 Grant ostatní: 6th Framework Programme EC(XE) MODELKEY (511237-GOCE) Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60930519 Keywords : multiple stressors * environmental risk assessment * exposure biomarkers * parasites * fish health Subject RIV: GJ - Animal Vermins ; Diseases, Veterinary Medicine Impact factor: 3.026, year: 2010

  19. VIS – A database on the distribution of fishes in inland and estuarine waters in Flanders, Belgium

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    Dimitri Brosens

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO has been performing standardized fish stock assessments in Flanders, Belgium. This Flemish Fish Monitoring Network aims to assess fish populations in public waters at regular time intervals in both inland waters and estuaries. This monitoring was set up in support of the Water Framework Directive, the Habitat Directive, the Eel Regulation, the Red List of fishes, fish stock management, biodiversity research, and to assess the colonization and spreading of non-native fish species. The collected data are consolidated in the Fish Information System or VIS. From VIS, the occurrence data are now published at the INBO IPT as two datasets: ‘VIS - Fishes in inland waters in Flanders, Belgium’ and ‘VIS - Fishes in estuarine waters in Flanders, Belgium’. Together these datasets represent a complete overview of the distribution and abundance of fish species pertaining in Flanders from late 1992 to the end of 2012. This data paper discusses both datasets together, as both have a similar methodology and structure. The inland waters dataset contains over 350,000 fish observations, sampled between 1992 and 2012 from over 2,000 locations in inland rivers, streams, canals, and enclosed waters in Flanders. The dataset includes 64 fish species, as well as a number of non-target species (mainly crustaceans. The estuarine waters dataset contains over 44,000 fish observations, sampled between 1995 and 2012 from almost 50 locations in the estuaries of the rivers Yser and Scheldt (“Zeeschelde”, including two sampling sites in the Netherlands. The dataset includes 69 fish species and a number of non-target crustacean species. To foster broad and collaborative use, the data are dedicated to the public domain under a Creative Commons Zero waiver and reference the INBO norms for data use.

  20. 76 FR 72678 - Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing, Scientific Research, Display, and Chartering...

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    ... FR 35778; corrected on July 15, 2008 73 FR 40658) in light of the results of recent stock assessments... fishing program. Research fishery permit holders assist NMFS in collecting valuable shark life history... published on October 31, 2011 (76 FR 67149). The authorized number of species for 2011, as well as...

  1. A Multiple Watershed Approach to Assessing the Effects of Habitat Restoration Actions on Anadromous and Resident Fish Populations, Technical Report 2003-2004.

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    Marmorek, David

    2004-03-01

    Habitat protection and restoration is a cornerstone of current strategies to restore ecosystems, recover endangered fish species, and rebuild fish stocks within the Columbia River Basin. Strategies featuring habitat restoration include the 2000 Biological Opinion on operation of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS BiOp) developed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the 2000 Biological Opinion on Bull Trout developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Sub-Basin Plans developed under the Fish and Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC). There is however little quantitative information about the effectiveness of different habitat restoration techniques. Such information is crucial for helping scientists and program managers allocate limited funds towards the greatest benefits for fish populations. Therefore, it is critical to systematically test the hypotheses underlying habitat restoration actions for both anadromous and resident fish populations. This pilot project was developed through a proposal to the Innovative Projects fund of the NWPCC (ESSA 2002). It was funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) following reviews by the Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP 2002), the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA 2002), the NWPCC and BPA. The study was designed to respond directly to the above described needs for information on the effectiveness of habitat restoration actions, including legal measures specified in the 2000 FCRPS BiOp (RPA 183, pg. 9-133, NMFS 2000). Due to the urgency of addressing these measures, the timeline of the project was accelerated from a duration of 18 months to 14 months. The purpose of this pilot project was to explore methods for evaluating past habitat restoration actions and their effects on fish populations. By doing so, the project will provide a foundation of retrospective analyses, on which to build prospective, multi-watershed designs for future habitat restoration actions. Such designs are being developed concurrently with this project by several other groups in the Columbia Basin (RME Workgroup 2003, NMFS 2003, Hillman and Paulsen 2002, Hillman 2003). By addressing questions about habitat restoration and monitoring (in coordination with other related efforts), we hope that this project will catalyze a shift in the Basin's paradigm of habitat restoration, moving from implementation of individual watershed projects towards rigorously designed and monitored, multiwatershed, adaptive management experiments. The project involved three phases of work, which were closely integrated with various related and ongoing efforts in the region: (1) Scoping - We met with a Core Group of habitat experts and managers to scope out a set of testable habitat restoration hypotheses, identify candidate watersheds and recommend participants for a data evaluation workshop. (2) Data Assembly - We contacted over 80 scientists and managers to help evaluate the suitability of each candidate watershed's historical data for assessing the effectiveness of past restoration actions. We eventually settled on the Yakima, Wenatchee, Clearwater, and Salmon subbasins, and began gathering relevant data for these watersheds at a workshop with habitat experts and managers. Data assembly continued for several months after the workshop. (3) Data Analysis and Synthesis - We explored statistical approaches towards retrospectively analyzing the effects of restoration 'treatments' at nested spatial scales across multiple watersheds (Chapters 2-5 of this report). These analyses provided a foundation for identifying existing constraints to testing restoration hypotheses, and opportunities to overcome these constraints through improved experimental designs, monitoring protocols and project selection strategies (Chapters 6 and 7 of this report). Finally, we developed a set of recommendations to improve the design, implementation, and monitoring of prospective habitat restoration programs in the Columbia River Basin (Chapter 8).

  2. Diet Composition and Selectivity in O+ Perch (Perca fluviatilis L. and its Competition with Adult Fish and Carp (Cyprinus carpio L. Stock in Pond Culture

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    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available Food composition and selectivity of 0+ perch (Perca fluviatilis were studied under the experimental pond conditions during the growing season in 2000. The diet of perch fry consisted mainly of chironomid larvae and pupae and zooplankton, mainly cladocerans (Bosmina longirostris, Chydorus sp., Ceriodaphnia sp., Alona sp. and copepods. Both chironomids and cladocerans were consumed with positive selectivity. The food items of lesser importance were water beetles (genera Rhantus, Hydrobius and Hydroporus, water bugs Corixa affinis and mayfly larvae Caenis sp. Chironomid larvae were most important food items also in the diet of both adult perch and 2+ carp. Also 0+ perch contributed considerably to the diet of adult perch and benthic food resources (bryozoans and organic debris including supplied feed cereals were of biggest importance for common carp. The perch competes with parental fish and common carp for approximately one third of available food items, whilst adult perch and carp compete for a half of them.

  3. A comparative assessment of contaminants in fish from four resacas of the Texas, USA-Tamaulipas, Mexico border region

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    Mora, M.A.; Papoulias, D.; Nava, I.; Buckler, D.R.

    2001-01-01

    A recent survey of contaminant information for the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), Texas, has shown that little is known about contaminants and their impacts on biota of resacas (oxbows) along the US-Mexico border. In 1996, fish were collected from four resacas in the Texas- Tamaulipas border region to assess contaminant loadings and their impacts on fish and birds. Tissue residue concentrations in fish were analyzed and also compared to two histopathological bioindicators of unhealthy environmental conditions. Of the organochlorine insecticides measured, DDE was the most common and was present at relatively high concentrations (10 ??g/g w/w) at some sites. DDE concentrations were nearly 20 times greater in fish from resacas in Texas than from resacas in Tamaulipas, although the limited sample sizes obtained precluded statistical comparisons. DDE concentrations in fish from the two Texas resacas were also greater than those reported in fish from nearby areas during the 1980s and 1990s. Most trace element concentrations were similar among resacas from Texas and Tamaulipas. Arsenic, however, was two to six times greater in fish from a downtown resaca in Matamoros than in fish from other resacas in Tamaulipas and Texas. The bioindicators, pigment accumulation, and macrophage aggregates (MAs), in general, reflected the contamination indicated by the tissue residues for each site. Overall, it appears that some resacas of the US-Mexico border region are contaminant sinks and could pose potential health or reproductive problems for fish and wildlife, and humans that consume fish from those sites. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

  4. A comparative assessment of contaminants in fish from four resacas of the Texas, USA-Tamaulipas, Mexico border region.

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    Mora, M A; Papoulias, D; Nava, I; Buckler, D R

    2001-07-01

    A recent survey of contaminant information for the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), Texas, has shown that little is known about contaminants and their impacts on biota of resacas (oxbows) along the US-Mexico border. In 1996, fish were collected from four resacas in the Texas-Tamaulipas border region to assess contaminant loadings and their impacts on fish and birds. Tissue residue concentrations in fish were analyzed and also compared to two histopathological bioindicators of unhealthy environmental conditions. Of the organochlorine insecticides measured, DDE was the most common and was present at relatively high concentrations (10 microg/g w/w) at some sites. DDE concentrations were nearly 20 times greater in fish from resacas in Texas than from resacas in Tamaulipas, although the limited sample sizes obtained precluded statistical comparisons. DDE concentrations in fish from the two Texas resacas were also greater than those reported in fish from nearby areas during the 1980s and 1990s. Most trace element concentrations were similar among resacas from Texas and Tamaulipas. Arsenic, however, was two to six times greater in fish from a downtown resaca in Matamoros than in fish from other resacas in Tamaulipas and Texas. The bioindicators, pigment accumulation, and macrophage aggregates (MAs), in general, reflected the contamination indicated by the tissue residues for each site. Overall, it appears that some resacas of the US-Mexico border region are contaminant sinks and could pose potential health or reproductive problems for fish and wildlife, and humans that consume fish from those sites. PMID:11488385

  5. Fishing amplifies forage fish population collapses.

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    Essington, Timothy E; Moriarty, Pamela E; Froehlich, Halley E; Hodgson, Emma E; Koehn, Laura E; Oken, Kiva L; Siple, Margaret C; Stawitz, Christine C

    2015-05-26

    Forage fish support the largest fisheries in the world but also play key roles in marine food webs by transferring energy from plankton to upper trophic-level predators, such as large fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Fishing can, thereby, have far reaching consequences on marine food webs unless safeguards are in place to avoid depleting forage fish to dangerously low levels, where dependent predators are most vulnerable. However, disentangling the contributions of fishing vs. natural processes on population dynamics has been difficult because of the sensitivity of these stocks to environmental conditions. Here, we overcome this difficulty by collating population time series for forage fish populations that account for nearly two-thirds of global catch of forage fish to identify the fingerprint of fisheries on their population dynamics. Forage fish population collapses shared a set of common and unique characteristics: high fishing pressure for several years before collapse, a sharp drop in natural population productivity, and a lagged response to reduce fishing pressure. Lagged response to natural productivity declines can sharply amplify the magnitude of naturally occurring population fluctuations. Finally, we show that the magnitude and frequency of collapses are greater than expected from natural productivity characteristics and therefore, likely attributed to fishing. The durations of collapses, however, were not different from those expected based on natural productivity shifts. A risk-based management scheme that reduces fishing when populations become scarce would protect forage fish and their predators from collapse with little effect on long-term average catches. PMID:25848018

  6. Environmental and human health risk assessment of organic micro-pollutants occurring in a Spanish marine fish farm

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    In this work the risk posed to seawater organisms, predators and humans is assessed, as a consequence of exposure to 12 organic micro-pollutants, namely metronidazole, trimethoprim, erythromycin, simazine, flumequine, carbaryl, atrazine, diuron, terbutryn, irgarol, diphenyl sulphone (DPS) and 2-thiocyanomethylthiobenzothiazole (TCMTB). The risk assessment study is based on a 1-year monitoring study at a Spanish marine fish farm, involving passive sampling techniques. The results showed that the risk threshold for irgarol concerning seawater organisms is exceeded. On the other hand, the risk to predators and especially humans through consumption of fish is very low, due to the low bioconcentration potential of the substances assessed. - Exposure and effects of twelve organic micro-pollutants are evaluated at a Spanish fish farm.

  7. Environmental and human health risk assessment of organic micro-pollutants occurring in a Spanish marine fish farm

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    Munoz, Ivan, E-mail: ivanmuno@ual.e [Departamento de Hidrogeologia y Quimica Analitica, Universidad de Almeria, 04120 Almeria (Spain); Martinez Bueno, Maria J., E-mail: mjbueno@ual.e [Departamento de Hidrogeologia y Quimica Analitica, Universidad de Almeria, 04120 Almeria (Spain); Agueera, Ana, E-mail: aaguera@ual.e [Departamento de Hidrogeologia y Quimica Analitica, Universidad de Almeria, 04120 Almeria (Spain); Fernandez-Alba, Amadeo R., E-mail: amadeo@ual.e [Departamento de Hidrogeologia y Quimica Analitica, Universidad de Almeria, 04120 Almeria (Spain)

    2010-05-15

    In this work the risk posed to seawater organisms, predators and humans is assessed, as a consequence of exposure to 12 organic micro-pollutants, namely metronidazole, trimethoprim, erythromycin, simazine, flumequine, carbaryl, atrazine, diuron, terbutryn, irgarol, diphenyl sulphone (DPS) and 2-thiocyanomethylthiobenzothiazole (TCMTB). The risk assessment study is based on a 1-year monitoring study at a Spanish marine fish farm, involving passive sampling techniques. The results showed that the risk threshold for irgarol concerning seawater organisms is exceeded. On the other hand, the risk to predators and especially humans through consumption of fish is very low, due to the low bioconcentration potential of the substances assessed. - Exposure and effects of twelve organic micro-pollutants are evaluated at a Spanish fish farm.

  8. Assessment of Hydroponically Grown Macrophytes for Their Suitability as Fish Feed

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    A. M. Snow

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Water hyacinth, water lettuce and parrot's feather plants were examined for their ability to remove nutrients from aquaculture wastewater at two retention times. During the experiment, the aquatic plants grew rapidly in the hydroponics system and appeared healthy with green color. At hydraulic retention times (HRTs of 6 and 12 days, the average water hyacinth, water lettuce and parrot's feather yields were 83, 51 and 51 g (dm m-2 and 49, 29 and 22 g (dm m-2, respectively. The aquatic plants were able to significantly reduce the pollution load of the aquaculture wastewater. The TS, COD, NH4+-N, NO2--N, NO3--N and PO43--P reductions ranged from 21.4 to 48.0%, from 71.1 to 89.5%, from 55.9 to 76.0%, from 49.6 to 90.6%, from 34.5 to 54.4% and from 64.5 to 76.8%, respectively. Generally, the reductions increased with longer retention times and were highest in compartments containing water hyacinth followed by compartments containing water lettuce and parrot's feather. The nutritive value of the three wastewater grown plants was assessed to determine the suitability of using the plants as a component in fish feed. The three wastewater grown plants did not contain sufficient amounts of protein and fat to meet the dietary requirements of fish and shellfish. They also contained high concentrations of K, Cu, Fe, Mn, Se and Zn, which can lead to reduced feed intake, weight gain and growth rates in fish and shellfish.

  9. Assessing effects of water abstraction on fish assemblages in Mediterranean streams

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    Benejam, Lluis; Angermeier, Paul L.; Munné, Antoni; García-Berthou, Emili

    2010-01-01

    1. Water abstraction strongly affects streams in arid and semiarid ecosystems, particularly where there is a Mediterranean climate. Excessive abstraction reduces the availability of water for human uses downstream and impairs the capacity of streams to support native biota. 2. We investigated the flow regime and related variables in six river basins of the Iberian Peninsula and show that they have been strongly altered, with declining flows (autoregressive models) and groundwater levels during the 20th century. These streams had lower flows and more frequent droughts than predicted by the official hydrological model used in this region. Three of these rivers were sometimes dry, whereas there were predicted by the model to be permanently flowing. Meanwhile, there has been no decrease in annual precipitation. 3. We also investigated the fish assemblage of a stream in one of these river basins (Tordera) for 6 years and show that sites more affected by water abstraction display significant differences in four fish metrics (catch per unit effort, number of benthic species, number of intolerant species and proportional abundance of intolerant individuals) commonly used to assess the biotic condition of streams. 4. We discuss the utility of these metrics in assessing impacts of water abstraction and point out the need for detailed characterisation of the natural flow regime (and hence drought events) prior to the application of biotic indices in streams severely affected by water abstraction. In particular, in cases of artificially dry streams, it is more appropriate for regulatory agencies to assign index scores that reflect biotic degradation than to assign ‘missing’ scores, as is presently customary in assessments of Iberian streams.

  10. Determination of toxic elements (mercury, cadmium, lead, tin and arsenic) in fish and shellfish samples. Risk assessment for the consumers.

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    Olmedo, P; Pla, A; Hernández, A F; Barbier, F; Ayouni, L; Gil, F

    2013-09-01

    Although fish intake has potential health benefits, the presence of metal contamination in seafood has raised public health concerns. In this study, levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, tin and arsenic have been determined in fresh, canned and frozen fish and shellfish products and compared with the maximum levels currently in force. In a further step, potential human health risks for the consumers were assessed. A total of 485 samples of the 43 most frequently consumed fish and shellfish species in Andalusia (Southern Spain) were analyzed for their toxic elements content. High mercury concentrations were found in some predatory species (blue shark, cat shark, swordfish and tuna), although they were below the regulatory maximum levels. In the case of cadmium, bivalve mollusks such as canned clams and mussels presented higher concentrations than fish, but almost none of the samples analyzed exceeded the maximum levels. Lead concentrations were almost negligible with the exception of frozen common sole, which showed median levels above the legal limit. Tin levels in canned products were far below the maximum regulatory limit, indicating that no significant tin was transferred from the can. Arsenic concentrations were higher in crustaceans such as fresh and frozen shrimps. The risk assessment performed indicated that fish and shellfish products were safe for the average consumer, although a potential risk cannot be dismissed for regular or excessive consumers of particular fish species, such as tuna, swordfish, blue shark and cat shark (for mercury) and common sole (for lead). PMID:23792415

  11. Fish Breeding in Nigeria

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    J.A. Akankali

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Fish breeding is a very important activity ensuring availability of fingerlings for the stocking of ponds, pens, tanks and cages. The breeding habits of fishes in nature differ from specie to specie Different species of fish choose different places in the aquatic environment for breeding. Most species do not breed when in captivity due to a number of factors. In Nigeria, induced breeding of African mud catfish through injection of ova prim hormone or pituitary gland is the main practice. This article reviews the wild sources of fish seeds, some cultivable fishes. carp breeding, relationship between the endocrine system and gonad development, function of the Central Nervous System (CNS in propagation, influence of ecological conditions on gonad development, artificial propagation of common carp, natural induced spawning, salmon culture and an innovation in the sea to educate fish breeders, fish genetics and fish culturist in other to facilitate their productivity.

  12. Monitoring and assessment of water health quality in the Tajan River, Iran using physicochemical, fish and macroinvertebrates indices

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    Aazami, J.; Kosten, S.; Abdoli, A.; Sohrabi, H.; Brink, P.J., van den

    2015-01-01

    Background - Nowadays, aquatic organisms are used as bio-indicators to assess ecological water quality in western regions, but have hardly been used in an Iranian context. We, therefore, evaluated the suitability of several indices to assess the water quality for an Iranian case study. Methods - Measured data on biotic (fish and macroinvertebrates) and abiotic elements (28 physicochemical and habitat parameters), were used to calculate six indices for assessment of water quality and the impac...

  13. A simple and affordable calorespirometer for assessing the metabolic rates of fishes.

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    Regan, M D; Gosline, J M; Richards, J G

    2013-12-15

    Calorimetry is the measurement of the heat liberated during energy transformations in chemical reactions. When applied to living organisms, it measures the heat released due to the energy transformations associated with metabolism under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. This is in contrast to the often-used respirometric techniques for assessing energy turnover, which can only be used under fully aerobic conditions. Accordingly, calorimetry is considered the 'gold standard' for quantifying metabolic rate, yet despite this, it remains a seldom-used technique among comparative physiologists. The reasons for this are related to the expense and perceived difficulty of the technique. We have designed and constructed an inexpensive flow-through calorespirometer capable of detecting rates of metabolic heat loss and oxygen consumption (O2) in fish under a variety of environmental conditions over long-term experiments. The metabolic heat of the fish is detected as a voltage by a collection of Peltier units wired in series, while oxygen optodes placed on the inflowing and outflowing water lines are used for the calculation of O2. The apparatus is constructed in a differential fashion to account for ambient temperature fluctuations. This paper describes the design and construction of the calorespirometer for ~$1300 CDN. Using the goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus), we show that the calorespirometer is sensitive to changes in metabolic rate brought about by pharmacological manipulation and severe hypoxia exposures. PMID:24072793

  14. Assessment of water pollution and suitability to fish life in six Italian rivers.

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    Barghigiani, C; Ristori, T; Scerbo, R; Cini, C; Nottoli, R; Moschini, L; Giaconi, V

    2001-01-01

    This paper reports the results of a monitoring programme of six rivers (Serchio, Cecina, Cascina, ERa, Elsa and Pavone) that drain north-west Tuscany (Italy). In this area, agricultural, industrial and urbanization pressures affect water quality, also in terms of suitability for the survival of aquatic organisms. The river waters were monitored for several physico-chemical parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, suspended solids, total ammonia, nitrites, Cu, Cd, Cr, Ni and Pb) in order to assess the anthropogenic impact on the environmental conditions of these watercourses and their suitability for fish life. Statistical data handling was performed for each river and the percentage of physico-chemical parameters that, according to the E.C. law, were over the limits that must not be exceeded to protect fish life, was calculated and a classification was made of the six rivers in this sense. Concerning the metals, inter-element relationships (between chromium and nichel, lead and copper, nichel and lead and copper, copper and lead) were found which allow some remarks on the origins of the anthropogenic impacts, and comparisons were made with two metal-polluted watercourses in northern Italy, the Po and Lambro rivers. From the comparison, the Tuscan rivers showed generally lower metal contamination, especially with respect to the Lambro. PMID:11214350

  15. Interrenal dysfunction in fish from contaminated sites: In vivo and in vitro assessment

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    Hontela, A. [Univ. du Quebec, Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

    1998-01-01

    Cortisol, synthesized in the interrenal cells of teleost head kidney, has a major role in the physiologic response to physical and chemical stressors. Plasma levels of cortisol increase in physiologically competent fish acutely exposed to stressors such as cadmium or mercury. The effects of chronic low level exposures are less well understood. The author has diagnosed an endocrine impairment characterized by a reduced capacity to elevate plasma cortisol levels in response to an acute standardized capture stress in yellow perch (Perca flavescens) and in northern pike (Esox lucius) sampled at sites contaminated by mixtures of pollutants (heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and polychlorinated biphenyls), by heavy metals, or by bleached kraft mill effluent. The studies with fish, as well as with amphibians at contaminated sites, demonstrated that low level chronic exposures impair secretion of corticosteroids. The author has developed new tests for assessment of the functional integrity of teleost and amphibian interrenal tissue using an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) challenge, in vivo and in vitro. The reduced ability to respond to ACTH indicates that the normal neuroendocrine response to stressors may be disrupted and that the ability to cope with biotic and abiotic stressors in the environment may be significantly reduced in the impaired animals.

  16. Assessing the Effects of Water Right Purchases on Stream Temperatures and Fish Habitat

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    Elmore, L.; Null, S. E.

    2012-12-01

    Warm stream temperature and low flow conditions are limiting factors for native trout species in Nevada's Walker River. Water rights purchases are being considered to increase instream flow and improve habitat conditions. However, the effect of water rights purchases on stream temperatures and fish habitat have yet to be assessed. Manipulating flow conditions affect stream temperatures by altering water depth, velocity, and thermal mass. This study uses the River Modeling System (RMSv4), an hourly, physically-based hydrodynamic and water quality model, to estimate flows and stream temperatures in the Walker River. The model is developed for two wet years (2010-2011). Study results highlight reaches with cold-water habitat that is suitable for native trout species. Previous research on the Walker River has evaluated instream flow changes with water rights purchases. This study incorporates stream temperatures as a proxy for trout habitat, and thus explicitly incorporates water quality and fish habitat into decision-making regarding water rights purchases. Walker River

  17. Residual levels of DDTs and PAHs in freshwater and marine fish from Hong Kong markets and their health risk assessment.

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    Cheung, K C; Leung, H M; Kong, K Y; Wong, M H

    2007-01-01

    Axial and ventral muscle from 10 each species of freshwater and marine fish purchased from markets in Hong Kong were analyzed for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (total DDTs including DDE, DDD and DDT) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Among the 10 freshwater fish species, rice field eel (Monopterus albus) showed significantly higher levels of DDTs in both ventral (125 ng/g wet wt) and axial muscle (127 ng/g wet wt) than the other species. The highest concentration of PAHs was detected in catfish (Clarias fuscus), with 24.8 ng/g in ventral muscle and 9.1 ng/g in axial muscle. As to marine fish, snubnose pompano (Trachinotus blochii) showed significantly higher levels of DDT and its metabolites (1018 ng/g in ventral and 409 ng/g wet wt in axial tissues) than all other marine fish species. The overall concentrations of PAHs in marine fish species were 15.5-57.0 ng/g (axial muscle) and 18.1-118 ng/g wet wt (ventral muscle) where yellow seafin (Acanthopeyrus latus) and golden threadfin bream (Nemipterus virgatus) exhibited the highest concentrations of PAHs in the axial and ventral muscles, respectively. In general, results showed that levels of PAHs in Hong Kong market fish was low and do not expect to cause any concern for human consumption. However, the levels of DDTs in fish samples ranged from 1.10 to 1018 ng/g wet wt, and based on a fish consumption rate of 142.2g/day to calculate the screening value of 14.4 ng/g wet wt for human consumption (USEPA, 2000. Guidance for assessing chemical contaminant, data for use in fish advisories, vol. 1: fish sampling and analysis, third ed. EPA 823-R-95-007. Office of Water, Washington, DC), there were 9 out of 20 (45%) muscle samples of freshwater fish species and 14 out of 20 (70%) muscle samples of marine fish species had elevated levels of DDTs exceeded the screening value. It was also suggested to use ventral muscle for detecting concentrations of persistent organic pollutants in fish. PMID:16870232

  18. Assessing the impact of non-native freshwater fishes on native species using relative weight

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    Giannetto D.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the research was to test relative weight (Wr, a condition index which allows evaluation of fish well-being, as a tool to investigate the impact of the presence of non native species (NNS on the condition of the key native species (NS of the Tiber River basin (Italy: Barbustyberinus Bonaparte, Leuciscus cephalus (Linnaeus, Leuciscus lucumonis Bianco, Rutilus rubilio (Bonaparte and Telestes muticellus (Bonaparte. By means of Canonical Correlation Analysis, data from 130 sampling sites, distributed throughout Tiber River basin, were examined. Wr of NS was related to densities of NNS and to environmental variables. Moreover, the correlation between Wr of NS and density of NNS was investigated through linear regression analysis and covariance analysis. Preliminary results encourage the use of Wr as a tool to assess the relationship between NS and ecological factors (such as the presence of NNS and to explain the changes that occur along the longitudinal gradient of a river.

  19. Assessing Cumulative Thermal Stress in Fish During Chronic Exposure to High Temperature

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    Bevelhimer, M.S.; Bennett, W.R.

    1999-11-14

    As environmental laws become increasingly protective, and with possible future changes in global climate, thermal effects on aquatic resources are likely to receive increasing attention. Lethal temperatures for a variety of species have been determined for situations where temperatures rise rapidly resulting in lethal effects. However, less is known about the effects of chronic exposure to high (but not immediately lethal) temperatures and even less about stress accumulation during periods of fluctuating temperatures. In this paper we present a modeling framework for assessing cumulative thermal stress in fish. The model assumes that stress accumulation occurs above a threshold temperature at a rate depending on the degree to which the threshold is exceeded. The model also includes stress recovery (or alleviation) when temperatures drop below the threshold temperature as in systems with large daily variation. In addition to non-specific physiological stress, the model also simulates thermal effects on growth.

  20. A Change in the Use of Regulatory Criteria for Assessing Potential Impacts of Sound on Fishes.

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    Jacobs, Fred; Krebs, Justin; Popper, Arthur N

    2016-01-01

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) currently uses interim criteria developed on the US West Coast to assess the potential onset of peak and cumulative effects of noise on fishes. Analyses performed for this project provided adequate support for the NMFS to use the peak criterion (i.e., area ensonified by 206 dB re 1 ?Pa peak sound pressure level [SPLpeak]) for estimating the incidental take of Hudson River sturgeon. Application of the peak criterion (rather than the cumulative criterion) could have implications for future construction projects because estimates of take using SPLpeak will generally be considerably lower than estimates of take based on the cumulative sound exposure level. PMID:26610997