Forecasting contributions of lake whitefish year-classes to a Lake Superior commercial fishery from estimates of yearling abundance

North American Journal of Fisheries Management
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Abstract

We developed a simple linear regression model to forecast year-class contributions of lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis to the commercial harvest in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior. We indexed year-class strength from catches of yearling fish in bottom trawl samples. Recruitment of each year-class was measured by its relative abundance in the fishery at age 6. The relation between recruitment to the commercial fishery and year-class strength indices was positive and significant (r 2 = 0.67, P < 0.01). The model produced reliable estimates of recruitment to the fishery within the range of the regression. Projected recruitment of the 1983–1987 year-classes to the fishery in 1989-1993 should be sufficient to sustain current levels of harvest through 1993.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Forecasting contributions of lake whitefish year-classes to a Lake Superior commercial fishery from estimates of yearling abundance
Series title North American Journal of Fisheries Management
DOI 10.1577/1548-8675(1993)013<0349:FCOLWY>2.3.CO;2
Volume 13
Issue 2
Year Published 1993
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 349
Last page 352
Other Geospatial Lake Superior
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