Influence of ocean conditions on the timing of early life history events for blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) off California

Laidig, Thomas E. (2010) Influence of ocean conditions on the timing of early life history events for blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) off California. Fishery Bulletin, 108(4), pp. 442-449.

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Abstract

Settled juvenile blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) were collected from two kelp beds approximately 335 km apart off Mendocino in northern California and Monterey in central California. A total of 112 rockfish were collected from both sites over 5 years (1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, and 2003). Total age, settlement date, age at settlement, and birth date were determined from otolith microstructure. Fish off Mendocino settled mostly in June and fish off Monterey settled mostly in May (average difference in settlement=23 days). Although the difference in the timing of settlement followed this same pattern for both areas over the five years, settlement occurred later in 2002 and 2003 than in the prior years of sampling. The difference in the timing of settlement was due primarily to differences in birth dates for the two areas. The time of settlement was positively related to upwelling and negatively related to sea level anomaly for most of the months before settlement. Knowledge of the timing of settlement has implications for design and placement of marine protected areas because protection of nursery grounds is frequently a major objective of these protected areas. The timing of settlement is also an important consideration in the planning of surveys of early recruits because mistimed surveys (caused by latitudinal differences in the timing of settlement) could produce biased estimates.

Item Type: Article
Title: Influence of ocean conditions on the timing of early life history events for blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) off California
Personal Creator/Author:
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Laidig, Thomas E.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 108
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 442-449
Date: 2010
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8740
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 14:45
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 14:45
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8740

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