Fish assemblages and indicator species: reef fishes off the southeastern United States

Shertzer, Kyle W. and Williams, Erik W. (2008) Fish assemblages and indicator species: reef fishes off the southeastern United States. Fishery Bulletin, 106(3), pp. 257-269.

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Abstract

For many fish stocks, resource management cannot be based on stock assessment because data are insufficient-a situation that requires alternative approaches to management. One possible approach is to manage data-limited stocks as part of an assemblage and to determine the status of the entire unit by a data-rich indicator species. The utility of this approach was evaluated in analyses of 15 years of commercial and 34 years of recreational logbook data from reef fisheries off the southeastern United States coast. Multivariate statistical analyses successfully revealed three primary assemblages. Within assemblages, however, there was little evidence of synchrony in population dynamics of member species, and thus, no support for the use of indicator species. Nonetheless, assemblages could prove useful as management units. Their identification offers opportunities for implementing management to address such ecological considerations as bycatch and species interrelations.

Item Type: Article
Title: Fish assemblages and indicator species: reef fishes off the southeastern United States
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CreatorsEmail
Shertzer, Kyle W.Kyle.Shertzer@noaa.gov
Williams, Erik W.Erik.Williams@noaa.gov
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 106
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 257-269
Date: 2008
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Uncontrolled Keywords: stock assessments; reefs; southern United States
Subjects: Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2089
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 17 May 2009 17:08
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:40
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2089

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