Size-dependent spatial distribution of hake (Merluccius capensis and Merluccius paradoxus) in Namibian waters

A. Gordoa, Carlos Duarte

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Abstract

Along the Namibian coast, both species have strongly aggregated spatial distributions. Average fish size increased with depth, suggesting that the formation of hake aggregation is based on size-dependent shoaling behaviour. Hake spacing was size dependent with areal fish density and biomass being scaled to the -5 and -2 power, respectively, of fish length. The maximum areal densities, presumably corresponding to those within the shoals, exceeded those described by size-dependence equations by 20- and 13-fold for M. capensis and M. paradoxus, respectively. The size dependence of hake spacing implies that fishing pressure targeting aggregates of small hake (shallow shoals) should have a disproportionate effect on fish mortality and recruitment compared with similar fishing pressure targeting aggregates of larger hake (deep shoals). -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2095-2099
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Volume48
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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