Population Biology and Life History of the North American Menhadens, Brevoortia spp.

Ahrenholz, Dean W. (1991) Population Biology and Life History of the North American Menhadens, Brevoortia spp. Marine Fisheries Review, 53(4), pp. 3-19.

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Abstract

Four recognized species of menhaden, Brevoortia spp., occur in North American marine waters: Atlantic menhaden, B. tyrannus; Gulf menhaden, B. patronus; yellowfin menhaden. B. smithi; and finescale menhaden, B. gunteri. Three of the menhaden species are known to form two hybrid types. Members of the genus range from coastal waters of Veracruz, Mex., to Nova Scotia, Can. Atlantic and Gulf menhaden are extremely abundant within their respective ranges and support extensive purse-seine reduction (to fish meal and oil) fisheries. All menhaden species are estuarine dependent through late larval and juvenile stages. Depending on species and location within the range, spawning may occur within bays and sounds to a substantial distance offshore. Menhaden are considered to be filter-feeding, planktivorous omnivores as juveniles and adults. Menhaden eggs, immature developmental stages, and adults are potential prey for a large and diverse number of predators. North American menhadens, including two hybrids, are hosts for the parasitic isopod, Olencira praegustator, and the parasitic copepod, Lemaeenicus radiatus. Although the data are quite variable, a dome-shaped Ricker function is frequently used to describe the spawner-recruitment relationship for Atlantic and Gulf menhaden. Each of these species is treated as a single stock with respect to exploitation by the purse-seine reduction fishery. Estimates of instantaneous natural (other) mortality rates are O.45 for Atlantic menhaden and 1.1 for Gulf menhaden.

Item Type: Article
Title: Population Biology and Life History of the North American Menhadens, Brevoortia spp.
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Ahrenholz, Dean W.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 53
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 3-19
Date: 1991
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9910
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 15:06
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2012 15:06
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9910

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