Temporal stability of the maturation schedule of capelin Mallotus villosus in the Barents Sea

Baulier L, Heino M, & Gjosaeter H (2012). Temporal stability of the maturation schedule of capelin Mallotus villosus in the Barents Sea. Aquatic Living Resources 25 (2): 151-161. DOI:10.1051/alr/2012014.

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Abstract

Capelin in the Barents Sea are primarily harvested in a terminal fishery that targets maturing individuals. Theory predicts that, in a semelparous population (i.e., one in which reproduction is seasonal, synchronous, and followed by parental mortality), an unselective, terminal fishery (i.e., one in which most of the fish that are not caught will not have a new spawning opportunity) does not generate strong selection for changed age and size at maturation. The probabilistic maturation reaction norm (PMRN) method was applied to test this prediction and to detect possible temporal changes in length at maturation of Barents Sea capelin between 1978 and 2008. Maturation reaction norms suggest that maturation is age-independent in capelin, but that males require a larger size to attain the same maturation probability as females. No temporal trends in length at maturation could be detected, thus confirming the theoretical prediction. Furthermore, none of the candidate environmental variables tested to explain the temporal variability in length at maturation (water temperature and capelin biomass) consistently showed a significant correlation with the PMRN midpoints.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fisheries-induced evolution; Forage fish; Osmeridae; Probabilistic maturation reaction norms; Semelparous life-history; Sub-Arctic fish
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:46
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2016 11:43
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9918

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