Biological Analysis of Two Management Options for the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery

Vaughan, Douglas S. and Smith, Joseph W. (1991) Biological Analysis of Two Management Options for the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery. Marine Fisheries Review, 53(4), pp. 58-66.

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Abstract

Biological implications of two managment options (the closed corridor and the recommended shortened season (Option 7) options) for the Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, fishery are reported based on purse-seine landings and port sampling data from 1970 to 1984 and captain's daily fishing reports from 1978 to 1982. Large catches of age-O menhaden raise concern for growth overfishing. Area-specific yield-per-recruit analyses are used to investigate the biological consequences of these management options. The closed corridor option indicates coastwide gains in yield-per-recruit ranging from 0.3 to 7.2% depending on changes in fishing activity with most areas showing gains. The shortened fishing season indicates coastwide gains in yield per recruit ranging from O. 4 to 10.2% depending onf ishing year with most geographic areas showing gains. The shortened fishing season option offers the greatest gains when large numbers ofy oung menhaden would be caught late in the fishing year, while gains from the closed corridor option depend on how the fishing fleet responds to that management plan. The shortened season offers greater potential coastwide gains to the fishery, but also may result in greater losses to the North Carolina fall fishery. The analytical approach is applicable to the management of other coastal migratory fish stocks that fall under the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission or other interstate management groups.

Item Type: Article
Title: Biological Analysis of Two Management Options for the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery
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Vaughan, Douglas S.
Smith, Joseph W.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 53
Number: 4
Page Range: pp. 58-66
Date: 1991
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Fisheries
Management
Item ID: 9915
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2012 15:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2012 15:04
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9915

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