Reviews in Fisheries Science (REV FISH SCI )

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Reviews in Fisheries Science provides an important forum for the publication of up-to-date reviews, historical articles, and original research covering the broad range of subject areas in fisheries science. These areas include management, aquaculture, taxonomy, behavior, stock identification, genetics, nutrition, and physiology.

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    ABSTRACT: The growth equation currently used for Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus (L.), eastern stock (Lt = 318.85 [1-e^(-0.093*(t + 0.97)) is validated using several approaches. The first method involved a comparison of studies with von Bertalanffy parameter estimates in which, different methods for the age estimation are utilized, taking as references the maximum size of this species (Lmax = 319.93 +- 11.3 cm) and the growth equation of the western Atlantic stock (Lt = 314.90 [1-e ^(0.089* (t+1.13)). The result of this analysis showed that the growth equation used by ICCAT’s Standing Committee on Research and Statistics Atlantic bluefin tuna assessment group for the eastern stock perfectly fits Lmax. Second, an analysis was realized from first dorsal spine rings, 578 samples (age groups 0 to 3) of ABFT collected from the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean Sea, enabled the interpretation of the wide opaque bands (fast growth), formed during the boreal late spring and completed by autumn (June to November), and the translucent rings (hyaline rings, slow growth), formed during boreal autumn to late spring (November to May-June). In addition, first dorsal spine sections bands of two recovered fish that had carried conventional and electronic archival tags are also consistent. The chronological analysis of the opaque bands and hyaline rings of one fish tagged with an archival tag and recovered in the Bay of Biscay (the first time such a spine had been available for such analysis) revealed that transatlantic migrations may lead to double hyaline ring formation in the spine. Finally, the validation of the ABFT growth equation is made by superimposing tag-recovery data from tagging surveys in the Bay of Biscay, western Mediterranean and western Atlantic (N = 131) and spine readings (N = 299) to the eastern stock ABFT growth equation and analysing residuals. The coefficient of determination (R^2 = 97.98) and the residual’s distribution indicated good performance of the model. Although no important differences between the growth model of the eastern stock and that of the western stock are found, in all cases studied, the predictive accuracy indicators are better for the eastern model.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 08/2014; 22(3):239-255.
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    ABSTRACT: Recreational fishing is a booming activity in Mediterranean coastal areas. Despite generating a variety of impacts on marine resources and ecosystems, there is much less research into recreational fishing than there is into commercial fishing. This is the first study to cover the diverse implications that derive from this activity in Mediterranean coastal areas, and is based on a review of different studies from 15 areas in Spain, France, Italy, and Turkey. This study defines and compares the biological impact of the different recreational fishing methods on Mediterranean marine resources, particularly the most vulnerable and threatened coastal species, and characterizes the emerging and potential indirect ecological impacts on the marine ecosystem of certain aspects of this activity that have not, thus far, been taken into account (e.g., exotic species of bait, fishing gear loss, and bycatch). The results highlight the importance of determining the actual impact resulting from recreational fishing in coastal areas, so that effective regulatory measures can be developed for each mode of fishing.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 02/2014; 22(1):73-85.
  • Reviews in Fisheries Science 01/2014; 22(3):221-238.
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    ABSTRACT: Acanthopagrus butcheri was restocked in an estuary in which it had become depleted. The restocked fish were cultured in 2001 and 2002 using broodstock from that estuary. These fish, whose otoliths had been stained with alizarin complex one, were released into the estuary and their biological performance tracked for seven to eight years. The 2002 cohort, introduced at circa four months old in autumn, survived far better than the 2001 cohort, introduced at circa seven months old in winter, when freshwater discharge peaks and temperatures are low. While restocked fish matured and grew nearly as fast as wild fish, the increase in density was accompanied by a reduced growth of wild fish. Genetic comparisons, using seven microsatellite loci, demonstrated that the expected heterozygosity and relatedness of restocked and wild A. butcheri, which is naturally characterized by low levels of genetic polymorphism, were similar. Although culturing did not demonstrably increase the level of inbreeding, it did result in the loss of some rare alleles. The biological and genetic results, together with the contribution of restocked A. butcheri to the commercial catch for this species in the estuary rising to 62–74% by 2007–2010, demonstrates the efficacy of using restocking to replenish depleted A. butcheri stocks.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 11/2013; 21:441-453.
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    ABSTRACT: The hatchery program for chum salmon in Hokkaido, northern Japan, constitutes one of the largest salmon hatchery programs in the world. The hatchery program has been conducted for over 120 years, and returns of chum salmon rapidly increased during the last quarter of the 20th century. Since the 1990s, chum salmon returns to Hokkaido have remained at a historically high level, although different fluctuation trends have been observed among regions within Hokkaido. Although such intensive hatchery programs have been conducted for more than 25 generations, there has been no evidence indicating any decline of genetic diversity. The hatchery program for chum salmon in Hokkaido is successful in increasing commercial catches and will likely be the main management tool in future. However, information on naturally spawning chum salmon in Hokkaido remains scarce. Assessment of naturally spawning populations recently commenced, and it has been revealed that naturally spawning chum salmon populations remain in many rivers in Hokkaido. For future management, monitoring chum salmon of both hatchery and natural origin is important, and a novel strategy that accounts for the enhancement of commercial stocks and the coexistence of hatchery programs and wild populations should be established in Japan.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 11/2013; 21(3-4):469-479.
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    ABSTRACT: This article synthesizes information on marine and estuarine release programs in Australia and evaluates potential opportunities for stock enhancement. In Australia, the scale of restocking and stock enhancement programs in marine environments has been low compared with other countries, particularly Japan, China, and the United States. However, since the early 1990s, a number of government and industry organizations have made significant investments in research and development for the release of a variety of species to evaluate the potential of releases to increase the productivity of fisheries. The scale of these research programs has varied from releases of tens of thousands of individuals (abalone Haliotis laevigata, barramundi Lates calcarifer, and mulloway Argyrosomos japonicus), hundreds of thousands (tiger prawns Penaeus esculentus and black bream Acanthopagrus butcheri), and millions (eastern king prawn Penaeus plebejus). These programs, which have shown a strong commitment to the responsible approach to enhancement sensu (Blankenship and Leber, 1995; Lorenzen et al., 2010), have resulted in increased knowledge on the population dynamics and ecology of released species and the development of bio-economic and energetic models to better plan and evaluate releases. Currently, research is continuing in New South Wales (A. japonicus, P. plebejus), Queensland (L. calcarifer), andWestern Australia (A. butcheri, H. laevigata). Furthermore, Victoria is developing a plan for releasing juveniles to enhance fisheries in estuarine and marine environments, and South Australia has developed a policy for marine and estuarine stock enhancement. Policies on stock enhancement are being considered for development in New South Wales and Western Australia. These developments in policy and the introduction of fishing license fees in some states have generated renewed interest in initiating release programs in Australia that follow the responsible approach to enhancement.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 11/2013; 21(3-4):222-236.
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    ABSTRACT: Intentional release of wild-caught individuals has been widely used to establish new populations of the commercially valuable but threatened reef gastropod Trochus niloticus in oceanic islands. Is this also a viable strategy to enhance depleted populations of this species and other marine invertebrates? We monitored growth and survival of 765 translocated individuals and 486 in their original habitat for 5–9 months. Individuals translocated to a severely overexploited reef (mainland Palawan) grew 2–3 times faster than those at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Phillipines. Despite variations in growth between the three sites, survival probabilities were consistently high, ranging between 0.77 and 0.92. So translocation is feasible, and sites at which a species has previously been found are likely to be suitable for their growth and survival. If site management can control over-fishing, this approach is likely to be a valuable tool for enhancing field populations of a large invertebrates like Trochus that have a short lived planktonic larva.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 01/2013; 21(3-4):403-413.
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    ABSTRACT: The high demand for shells of the large reef-associated gastropod Trochus niloticus in the manufacture of mother-of-pearl buttons has resulted in a widespread decline of its population. As a consequence, juvenile mass production and restocking has been practiced as one of the many conservation measures. Trochus has long been successfully bred in captivity, but culturing of juveniles until ready for release is faced with many problems, including the shortage of natural food. Terrestrial plants have traditionally been used by fishermen as food in keeping wild trochus juveniles, but their potential use in intermediate culture of trochus has not been evaluated. We conducted four growth trials for 60–120 days, rearing hatchery-produced juveniles (10–28-mm shell diameter) at different stocking densities in indoor tanks and sea cages, with coconut leaves as the main or an additional substrate. An average growth rate of 4.4 mm mo−1 (95% CL 4.0–4.7 mm mo−1) for all stocking densities was achieved in growth trials using small cages deployed at 5–6 m on the reef slope, which was comparable to growth rates in the wild. This growth rate was three times higher than in trials using large metal cages on the reef slope, and 2 to 23 times higher than indoor trials using wooden tanks or small cages in concrete tanks. Survival rates were as high as 99%. Incidence of escape in sub-tidal cages was low except when some cages were damaged by strong waves. The results indicate that trochus juveniles can be successfully cultured at high density in sub-tidal cages with coconut leaves as substrate.
    Reviews in Fisheries Science 01/2013; 21(3-4):414-423.