Pearson, Donald E. and McNally, Samuel V. G. (2005) Age, Growth, Life History, and Fisheries of the Sand Sole, Psettichthys melanostictus. Marine Fisheries Review, 67(4), pp. 9-18.
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Sand sole, Psettichthys melanostictus, is a small but important part of the west coast groundfish fishery. It has never been assessed and there is a limited amount of biological data for the species. We provide the first estimates of age and growth for California populations and compare them with studies from other areas. We found that sand sole is a rapidly growing species which may show a strong latitudinal gradient in growth rate. We also found evidence of a recent, strong cohortrelated shift in the sex ratio of the population towards fewer females. In addition we examined data from the Washington, Oregon, and California commercial fishery to make an initial determination of population status. We found that catch per unit of effort in commercial trawls experienced a decline over time but has rebounded in recent years, except central California (the southern part of its commercial range), where the decline has not reversed.
|Title:||Age, Growth, Life History, and Fisheries of the Sand Sole, Psettichthys melanostictus|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Marine Fisheries Review|
|Page Range:||pp. 9-18|
|Issuing Agency:||United States National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Depositing User:||Patti M. Marraro|
|Date Deposited:||14 Aug 2012 18:52|
|Last Modified:||14 Aug 2012 18:52|
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