Jacobson, Larry D. and Stokesbury, Kevin D. E. and Allard, Melissa A. and Chute, Antonie and Harris, Bradley P. and Hart, Deborah and Jaffarian, Tom and Marino II, Michael C. and Nogueira, Jacob I. and Rago, Paul (2010) Measurement errors in body size of sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus) and their effect on stock assessment models. Fishery Bulletin, 108(2), pp. 233-247.
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Body-size measurement errors are usually ignored in stock assessments, but may be important when body-size data (e.g., from visual sur veys) are imprecise. We used experiments and models to quantify measurement errors and their effects on assessment models for sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus). Errors in size data obscured modes from strong year classes and increased frequency and size of the largest and smallest sizes, potentially biasing growth, mortality, and biomass estimates. Modeling techniques for errors in age data proved useful for errors in size data. In terms of a goodness of model fit to the assessment data, it was more important to accommodate variance than bias. Models that accommodated size errors fitted size data substantially better. We recommend experimental quantification of errors along with a modeling approach that accommodates measurement errors because a direct algebraic approach was not robust and because error parameters were diff icult to estimate in our assessment model. The importance of measurement errors depends on many factors and should be evaluated on a case by case basis.
|Title:||Measurement errors in body size of sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus) and their effect on stock assessment models|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Fishery Bulletin|
|Page Range:||pp. 233-247|
|Issuing Agency:||United States National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Depositing User:||Patti M. Marraro|
|Date Deposited:||11 Jun 2012 20:32|
|Last Modified:||11 Jun 2012 20:32|
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