Incorporating fishery observer data into an integrated catch-at-age and multiyear tagging model for estimating mortality rates and abundance

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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Title: Incorporating fishery observer data into an integrated catch-at-age and multiyear tagging model for estimating mortality rates and abundance
Personal Creator/Author:
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Eveson, J. Paige
Polacheck, Tom
Laslett, Geoff M.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 105
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 493-508
Date: 2007
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8865
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 09:41
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 09:41
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8865

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