Eveson, J. Paige and Polacheck, Tom and Laslett, Geoff M. (2007) Incorporating fishery observer data into an integrated catch-at-age and multiyear tagging model for estimating mortality rates and abundance. Fishery Bulletin, 105(4), pp. 493-508.
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Tagging experiments are a useful tool in fisheries for estimating mortality rates and abundance of fish. Unfortunately, nonreporting of recovered tags is a common problem in commercial fisheries which, if unaccounted for, can render these estimates meaningless. Observers are often employed to monitor a portion of the catches as a means of estimating reporting rates. In our study, observer data were incorporated into an integrated model for multiyear tagging and catch data to provide joint estimates of mortality rates (natural and f ishing), abundance, and reporting rates. Simulations were used to explore model performance under a range of scenarios (e.g., different parameter values, parameter constraints, and numbers of release and recapture years). Overall, results indicated that all parameters can be estimated with reasonable accuracy, but that fishing mortality, reporting rates, and abundance can be estimated with much higher precision than natural mortality. An example of how the model can be applied to provide guidance on experimental design for a large-scale tagging study is presented. Such guidance can contribute to the successful and cost-effective management of tagging programs for commercial fisheries.
|Title:||Incorporating fishery observer data into an integrated catch-at-age and multiyear tagging model for estimating mortality rates and abundance|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Fishery Bulletin|
|Page Range:||pp. 493-508|
|Issuing Agency:||United States National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Depositing User:||Patti M. Marraro|
|Date Deposited:||18 Jun 2012 11:41|
|Last Modified:||18 Jun 2012 11:41|
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