Sampling statistics in the Atlantic menhaden fishery

Chester, Alexander J. (1984) Sampling statistics in the Atlantic menhaden fishery. NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, (NOAA Technical Report NMFS, 9)

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Atlantic menhaden, Brrvoortia tyrannus, the object of a major purse-seine fishery along the U.S. east coast, are landed at plants from northern Florida to central Maine. The National Marine Fisheries Service has sampled these landings since 1955 for length, weight, and age. Together with records of landings at each plant, the samples are used to estimate numbers of fish landed at each age. This report analyzes the sampling design in terms of probablity sampling theory. The design is c1assified as two-stage cluster sampling, the first stage consisting of purse-seine sets randomly selected from the population of all sets landed, and the second stage consisting of fish randomly selected from each sampled set. Implicit assumptions of this design are discussed with special attention to current sampling procedures. Methods are developed for estimating mean fish weight, numbers of fish landed, and age composition of the catch, with approximate 95% confidence intervals. Based on specific results from three ports (port Monmouth, N.J., Reedville, Va., and Beaufort, N.C.) for the 1979 fishing season, recommendations are made for improving sampling procedures to comply more exactly with assumptions of the sampling design. These recommendatlons include adopting more formal methods for randomizing set and fish selection, increasing the number of sets sampled, considering the bias introduced by unequal set sizes, and developing methods to optimize the use of funds and personnel. (PDF file contains 22 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Sampling statistics in the Atlantic menhaden fishery
Personal Creator/Author:
Chester, Alexander J.
Series Name: NOAA Technical Report NMFS
Number: 9
Date: 1984
Publisher: NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Management
Item ID: 2813
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2009 13:06
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:18

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