Description of embryonic development of Atka mackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius)

Lauth, Robert R. and Blood, Deborah M. (2007) Description of embryonic development of Atka mackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius). Fishery Bulletin, 105(4), pp. 571-576.

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Atka mackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius) is hexagrammid fish that inhabits the temperate and subarctic North Pacific Ocean and neighboring seas (Fig. 1). This highly abundant fish is a critically important prey species (Sinclair and Zeppelin, 2002; Zenger, 2004) that supports a directed commercial trawl fishery (Lowe et al., 2006). Atka mackerel is a demersal spawner and males provide parental care to eggs (Zolotov, 1993). During breeding periods, sexually mature males aggregate on the bottom at nesting sites where they establish territories (Lauth et al., in press). Sexually mature females periodically visit male nesting territories from July to October to spawn batches of demersal egg masses (McDermott and Lowe, 1997; McDermott et al., 2007). Individual nests may consist of multiple egg masses deposited by different females, and males defend nesting territories for a protracted period lasting from the time territories are being established until all eggs within the territory are completely hatched (Lauth et al., 2007). Knowledge about the timing of the reproductive cycle and the use of spawning habitat are important for understanding population structure and the dynamics of stock recruitment, which in turn are important factors in the management of Atka mackerel populations.

Item Type: Article
Title: Description of embryonic development of Atka mackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius)
Personal Creator/Author:
Lauth, Robert R.
Blood, Deborah M.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 105
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 571-576
Date: 2007
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 8871
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 09:36
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 09:36

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