Population assessment of the vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens, from the Southeastern United States

Manooch III, Charles S. and Potts, Jennifer C. and Burton, Michael L. and Vaughan, Douglas S. (1998) Population assessment of the vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens, from the Southeastern United States. Beaufort, NC, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southeast Fisheries Science Center, (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC, 411)

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Abstract

Changes in the age structure and population size of vermilion snapper, Rhornboplites aurorubens, from North Carolina through the Florida Keys were examined using records of landings and size frequencies of fish from commercial, recreational, and headboat fisheries from 1986-1996. Population size in numbers at age was estimated for each year by applying separable virtual population analysis (SVPA) to the landings in numbers at age. SVPA was used to estimate annual, age-specific fishing mortality (F) for four levels of natural mortality (M = 0.20, 0.25, 0.30, and 0.35). Although landings of vermilion snapper for the three fisheries have declined, minimum fish size regulations have resulted in an increase in the mean size of fish landed. Age at entry and age at full recruitment were age-1 andage-3 fDr 1986-1991, compared with age-1 and age-4, respectively, for 1992-1996. Levels of mortality from fishing (F) ranged from 0.38 - 0.61 for the entire period. Current spawning potential ratio (SPR) is 21% or 27% depending on the natural mortality estimate. SPR could be raised to 30% or 40% with a reduction in F, or by increasing the age at entry to the fisheries. The latter could be enhanced now if fishermen, particularly recreational, comply with minimum size regulations. However, released fish mortality, modeled in the assessment at 27%, will continue to make the achievement of 30% and 40% SPR more difficult. (PDF contains 63 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Population assessment of the vermilion snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens, from the Southeastern United States
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Manooch III, Charles S.
Potts, Jennifer C.Jennifer.Potts@noaa.gov
Burton, Michael L.Michael.Burton@noaa.gov
Vaughan, Douglas S.Doug.Vaughan@noaa.gov
Series Name: NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC
Number: 411
Date: 1998
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service/Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Place of Publication: Beaufort, NC
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2228
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 23:15
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:26
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2228

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