Power analysis for detecting trends in juvenile spotted seatrout abundance in Florida Bay

Porch, Clay E. and Powell, Allyn B. and Settle, Lawrence (2004) Power analysis for detecting trends in juvenile spotted seatrout abundance in Florida Bay. Miami, FL, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southeast Fisheries Science Center, (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC, 526)

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The spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) is considered a key species relative to the implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). One of the goals of the CERP is to increase freshwater flows to Florida Bay. Increased freshwater flows can have potential positive and negative impacts on spotted seatrout populations. At low salinities, the planktonic eggs of spotted seatrout sink to the bottom and are not viable (Alshuth and Gilmore, 1994; Holt and Holt, 2002). On the other hand, increased freshwater flows can alleviate hypersaline conditions that could result in an expansion of the distribution of the early life stages of spotted seatrout (Thayer et al., 1999; Florida Department of Environmental Protection1). Thus it would be useful to develop a monitoring program that can detect changes in seatrout abundance on time scales short enough to be useful to resource managers. The NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (NOAA) has made sporadic collections of juvenile seatrout using otter trawls since 1984 (see Powell et al, 2004). The results suggest that it might be useful to sample for seatrout in as many as eight different areas or basins (Figure 1): Bradley Key, Sandy Key, Johnson Key, Palm Key, Snake Bight, Central, Whipray and Crocodile Dragover. Unfortunately, logistical constraints are likely to limit the number of tows to about 40 per month over a period of six months each year. Inasmuch as few seatrout are caught in any given tow and the proportion of tows with zero seatrout is often high, it is important to determine how best to allocate this limited sampling effort among the various basins so that any trends in abundance may be detected with sufficient statistical confidence. (PDF contains 16 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Power analysis for detecting trends in juvenile spotted seatrout abundance in Florida Bay
Personal Creator/Author:
Porch, Clay E.
Powell, Allyn B.
Settle, Lawrence
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC
Number: 526
Date: 2004
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Place of Publication: Miami, FL
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Management
Item ID: 2134
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 19:03
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:32
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2134

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