Temporal variation in growth of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) larvae in the Panama Bight, 1990

Wexler, Jeanne B. and Chow, Seinen and Wakabayashi, Toshie and Nohara, Kenji and Margulies, Daniel (2007) Temporal variation in growth of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) larvae in the Panama Bight, 1990. Fishery Bulletin, 105(1), pp. 1-18.

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Abstract

Tuna larvae (at flexion, postflexion, and transformation stages) were collected by dip net and light traps at night in the northwestern Panama Bight during the season of reduced upwelling (June−September) of 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997. The larvae were identified as yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) by mtDNA analysis. Ichthyoplankton data from bongo and Tucker trawl tows were used to examine the potential prey abundance in relation to the mean size-at-age and growth rates of the yellowfin tuna larvae and their otoliths. The most rapid growth rates occurred during June 1990 when plankton volumes were at their highest levels. The lowest plankton volumes coincided with the lowest growth rates and mean sizes-at-age during the August−September 1991 period. High densities of larval fish were prevalent in the ichthyoplankton tows during the 1991 period; therefore intra- and interspecific competition for limited food resources may have been the cause of slower growth (density-dependent growth) in yellowfin tuna larvae The highest mean seasurface temperature and the lowest mean wind stress occurred during an El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event during the 1997 period. There appeared to be no clear association between these environmental factors and larval growth rates, but the higher temperatures may have caused an increase in the short-term growth of otoliths in relat

Item Type: Article
Title: Temporal variation in growth of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) larvae in the Panama Bight, 1990
Personal Creator/Author:
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Wexler, Jeanne B.
Chow, Seinen
Wakabayashi, Toshie
Nohara, Kenji
Margulies, Daniel
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 105
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 1-18
Date: 2007
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8901
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 09:31
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 09:31
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8901

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