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Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 449–462 | Cite as

Modelling growth in fish with complex life histories

  • R. M. Higgins
  • H. Diogo
  • E. J. Isidro
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Abstract

Understanding growth in living organisms is central to the study of individuals, populations and communities. In fisheries, in particular, growth modelling is fundamental to the management of fish stocks that can constitute important economic resources. The scientific literature is abundant in studies attempting to define the growth trajectory of different fish species but often little consideration is given to the ecological components of the fish’s life history. This review examines ontogeny of fishes with complex life histories, in particular how different phases can effect growth and the interpretation of growth models. Using the blackspot seabream (Pagellus bogaraveo) as an example, we explore alternative approaches to understanding growth in a species that undergoes both sex reallocation and ontogenetic vertical migration. More flexible models are required in order to accurately represent significant lifetime events, specifically accounting for periodical changes in the growth trajectory. Finally, model evaluation and interpretation need to be adequate to the task, particularly when outcomes are used to support resource management, in order to address concerns regarding conservation, sustainability, and successful management in the long term.

Keywords

Growth Ontogenetic migration Habitat shift Hermaphrodite Modelling 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was financially supported by the Directorate for Science, Technology and Communication of the Azores Regional Government via the project PAGFish: Population, age and growth studies for commercial fish species in the Azores. (M3.1.7/F/003/2008/0000016) and a scholarship granted to RMH (M3.1.7/F/003/2008/0000016), in collaboration with the European Social Fund program PRO-EMPREGO. We would also like to thank Gui Menezes and Alexandra Rosa for providing access to the otolith archive as well as the crew of the research vessel ‘Arquipélago’ and the team members of the demersal sampling cruises for collecting samples. We are also grateful for the contributions and comments made by anonymous reviewers.

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  1. 1.IMAR and LARSyS Associated Laboratory, Department of Oceanography and FisheriesUniversity of the AzoresHortaPortugal

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