An Assessment of Fishery Yields from the East China Sea Ecosystem

Chen , W. Z. and Zheng, Y. Z. and Chen, Y. Q. and Mathews, C. P. (1997) An Assessment of Fishery Yields from the East China Sea Ecosystem. Marine Fisheries Review, 59(4), pp. 1-7.

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A first assessment ofimportant East China Sea fisheries was carried out using data from 1956 to 1993. Two different data sets were available: 1) catch and effort data taken from landings and boat registrations and 2) catch and effort data from skipper's logs taken at sea. The two sets provided similar trends in CPUE over the study period. Stocks of high value, low volume species have been fished heavily and now produce very low landings or have been depleted (e.g. small and large yellow croaker). Some high volume and low value species have also been heavily fished (e.g. green filefish) while others (e.g. hairtail) are still producing high landings. Surplus production models were fitted to seven stocks. All showed considerable fluctuations in landings around MSY. The green filefish stock had an estimated MSY of around 160,000 tlyr at an effort of 2,500,000 kw and was depleted by a combination of excessive effort (around 4,000,000 kw in 1993) and marked fluctuations in landings (up to 70,000 tlyr above or below MSY). A sustainable policyfor managing ECS fisheries should address the effects ofboth effort and environmental variation.

Item Type: Article
Title: An Assessment of Fishery Yields from the East China Sea Ecosystem
Personal Creator/Author:
Chen , W. Z.
Zheng, Y. Z.
Chen, Y. Q.
Mathews, C. P.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 59
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 1-7
Date: 1997
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 9810
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 14:30
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 14:30

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