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Title: A maximum likelihood method for obtaining incubation temperature of eggs of synchronous spawning fishes
Authors: Pena, M.; Uriarte, A.; Santos, M.; Ibaibarriaga, L.
Citation: FISHERIES RESEARCH, 2010, 103, 9-17
Abstract: The Daily Egg Production Method (DEPM) used to estimate the Spawning Stock Biomass for many fish species requires that eggs classified into morphological stages are converted into daily cohorts Since the development of the eggs is dependent on the temperature, the ageing process requires the temperature at which the eggs have been incubated For the Bay of Biscay anchovy the incubation temperature is usually considered to be the observed temperature at 10 m depth, where maximum concentrations of eggs ale typically reported However, this temperature cannot always be recorded In cold years, this can sometimes produce cohorts that are older than expected Physical transport of the eggs could be one of the explanations as the eggs are transported from one area to another, they follow an unknown gradient of temperatures In this paper we present a method to calculate the incubation temperature by station col responding to the maximum probability of finding the number of eggs by stages in the station, given sampling time and daily distribution of spawning time. The algorithm sweeps a range of temperature values below the sea stir face temperature (SST) recorded at each station, and gives both the global maximum and the local maximum closest to SST as potential solutions We analyze the effect of the temperature on the ageing, and assess the expected variations in the final estimates of the Daily Egg Production (C) 2010 Elsevier B V All rights reserved
Issue Date: 2010
Type: Article
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2010.01.006
ISSN: 0165-7836
E-ISSN: 1872-6763
Funder: Basque Government [Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Department of Industry]
European Commission [022717]
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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