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Age at maturity, skipped spawning, and fecundity of female sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) during the spawning season
  • Published Date:
    2016
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    Accurate maturity-at-age data are necessary for estimating spawning stock biomass and setting reference points for fishing. This study is the first on age at maturity of female sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) sampled in Alaska during their winter spawning period, when maturity is most easily assessed. Skipped spawning, the situation where fish that have spawned in the past do not spawn during the current season, was documented in female sablefish for the first time. Determination of age at maturity was heavily influenced by whether these fish that would skip spawning were classified as mature or immature; age at 50% maturity was 6.8 years when fish that would skip spawning were classified as mature, and 9.9 years when classified as immature. Skipped spawning was more common on the continental shelf, and rates of skipped spawning increased with age through age 15. Estimates of age at maturity were similar for samples collected in winter and summer, when fish that would skip spawning sampled during winter were classified as mature. When fish that would skip spawning were considered immature in the sable fish population model for Alaska, estimates of spawning biomass decreased. Relative fecundity did not change with size and age, verifying the assumption made in the Alaska sablefish stock assessment that relative reproductive output is linearly related to female spawning biomass.

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