Hatching date, nursery grounds, and early growth of juvenile walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) off northern Japan*

Hattori, Tsutomu and Nishimura, Akira and Narimatsu, Yoji and Kitagawa, Daiji (2006) Hatching date, nursery grounds, and early growth of juvenile walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) off northern Japan*. Fishery Bulletin, 104(3), pp. 468-475.

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Abstract

Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) is widely distributed in the North Pacific Ocean and plays an important role in coastal subarctic ecosystems. The Japanese Pacific population of this species is one of the most important demersal fishes for commercial fisheries in northern Japan. The population is distributed along the Pacific coast of Hokkaido and the Tohoku area (Fig. 1), which is the southern limit of distribution of the species in the western North Pacific. In Funka Bay, the main spawning ground for this population, pollock spawn from December to March (Kendall and Nakatani, 1992). Planktonic eggs and larvae are transported into the bay, where juveniles usually remain until late July when they reach 60−85 mm in total length (Hayashi et al., 1968; Nakatani and Maeda, 1987). These juvenile pollock then migrate from Funka Bay eastward to the Doto area off southeastern Hokkaido (Honda et al., 2004). Many studies on eggs, larvae, and juveniles of the species have been conducted in or near Funka Bay, but little information is available on the ecology of the early life stages in the Tohoku area. Hashimoto and Ishito (1991) suggested that eggs are transported from Funka Bay southward to the Tohoku area by the coastal branch of the Oyashio Current, but there has been no study to verify this hypothesis.

Item Type: Article
Title: Hatching date, nursery grounds, and early growth of juvenile walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) off northern Japan*
Personal Creator/Author:
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Hattori, Tsutomu
Nishimura, Akira
Narimatsu, Yoji
Kitagawa, Daiji
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 104
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 468-475
Date: 2006
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 8984
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 19:03
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2012 19:03
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8984

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