Reproductive biology, spawning season, and growth of female rex sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus) in the Gulf of Alaska

Abookire, Alisa A. (2006) Reproductive biology, spawning season, and growth of female rex sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus) in the Gulf of Alaska. Fishery Bulletin, 104(3), pp. 350-359.

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Abstract

Rex sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus) have a wide distribution throughout the North Pacific, ranging from central Baja California to the western Bering Sea. Although rex sole are an important species in the commercial trawl fisheries off the U.S. West Coast, knowledge of their reproductive biology is limited to one study off the Oregon coast where ovaries were analyzed with gross anatomical methods. This study was initiated to determine reproductive and growth parameters specific to rex sole in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) stock. Female rex sole (n=594) ranging in total length from 166 to 552 mm were collected opportunistically around Kodiak Island, Alaska, from February 2000 to October 2001. All ovaries were analyzed by using standard histological criteria to determine the maturity stage. Year-round sampling of rex sole ovaries confirmed that rex sole are batch spawners and have a protracted spawning season in the GOA that lasts at least eight months, from October to May; the duration of the spawning season and the months of spawning activity are different from those previously estimated. Female rex sole in the GOA had an estimated length at 50% maturity (ML50) of 352 mm, which is greater than the previously estimated ML50 at southern latitudes. The maximum age of collected female rex sole was 29 years, and the estimated age at 50% maturity (MA50) in the GOA was 5.1 years. The von Bertalanffy growth model for rex sole in the GOA was significantly different from the previously estimated model for rex sole off the Oregon coast. This study indicated that there are higher growth rates for rex sole in the GOA than off the Oregon coast and that there are differences in length at maturity and similarity in age at maturity between the two regions.

Item Type: Article
Title: Reproductive biology, spawning season, and growth of female rex sole (Glyptocephalus zachirus) in the Gulf of Alaska
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Abookire, Alisa A.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 104
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 350-359
Date: 2006
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8972
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 19:10
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2012 19:10
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8972

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