Distributions and abundances of Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) and other pelagic fishes in the California Current Ecosystem during spring 2006, 2008, and 2010, estimated from acoustic–trawl surveys

Zwolinski, Juan P. and Demer, David A. and Byers, Kyle A. and Cutter, George R. and Renfree, Josiah S. and Sessions, Thomas S. and Macewicz, Beverly J. (2012) Distributions and abundances of Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) and other pelagic fishes in the California Current Ecosystem during spring 2006, 2008, and 2010, estimated from acoustic–trawl surveys. Fishery Bulletin, 110(1), pp. 110-122.

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Abstract

The abundances and distributions of coastal pelagic fish species in the California Current Ecosystem from San Diego to southern Vancouver Island, were estimated from combined acoustic and trawl surveys conducted in the spring of 2006, 2008, and 2010. Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus), and Pacific mackerel (Scomber japonicus) were the dominant coastal pelagic fish species, in that order. Northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax) and Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) were sampled only sporadically and therefore estimates for these species were unreliable. The estimates of sardine biomass compared well with those of the annual assessments and confirmed a declining trajectory of the “northern stock” since 2006. During the sampling period, the biomass of jack mackerel was stable or increasing, and that of Pacific mackerel was low and variable. The uncertainties in these estimates are mostly the result of spatial patchiness which increased from sardine to mackerels to anchovy and herring. Future surveys of coastal pelagic fish species in the California Current Ecosystem should benefit from adaptive sampling based on modeled habitat; increased echosounder and trawl sampling, particularly for the most patchy and nearshore species; and directed-trawl sampling for improved species identification and estimations of their acoustic target stren

Item Type: Article
Title: Distributions and abundances of Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) and other pelagic fishes in the California Current Ecosystem during spring 2006, 2008, and 2010, estimated from acoustic–trawl surveys
Personal Creator/Author:
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Zwolinski, Juan P.
Demer, David A.
Byers, Kyle A.
Cutter, George R.
Renfree, Josiah S.
Sessions, Thomas S.
Macewicz, Beverly J.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 110
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 110-122
Date: January 2012
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8694
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 14:49
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 14:49
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8694

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