Commercial Fisheries Surveys

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Edited by: Brian R. Murphy and David W. Willis


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In this chapter, we describe methods for sampling commercial fisheries and identify factors affecting the design of sampling plans. When sampled properly, commercial fisheries can provide important information on the response of aquatic organisms to exploitation; such information can be used by management agencies to develop regulations for ensuring long-term production of the resource and long-term economic benefit. Fishery statistics are typically used to estimate abundance, mortality, recruitment, growth, and other vital characterisitcs of populations. Fishery statistics can also be used to study changes in fish community composition resulting from differential exploitation of species.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Commercial Fisheries Surveys
ISBN 188856900X
Edition 2nd
Year Published 1996
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Publisher location Bethesda, MD
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description p. 625-650
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Fisheries techniques
First page 625
Last page 650