Aquat. Living Resour.
Volume 30, 2017
|Number of page(s)||15|
|Published online||24 February 2017|
Demographic variables and stock status of pike, Esox lucius, in the commercial fishery in the Anzali Wetland (SW Caspian Sea) near the southern limits of its distribution range
Fisheries Department, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Guilan,
P.O. Box 1144,
2 Department of Environmental Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
⁎ Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 16 January 2017
The demographic variables of pike (Esox lucius) were studied at the southern edge of the species' distribution in the Anzali Wetland, south-western Caspian Sea. The main aim was to provide data for the assessment of the stock and to explore possible fisheries management measures such as setting minimum landing size based on length-at-maturity. Pike collected from commercial landings ranged from 15.4 to 75.4 cm in fork length (FL), from 52.9 to 3462.5 g in weight and were between 0 and 8 years old. Von Bertalanffy growth function parameters were L∞ = 90.6 cm FL, k = 0.12 yr−1 and t0 = −1.74 yr−1. Male pike matured at 1–2 years with L50 of 28.6 cm FL, whereas females matured at 2–3 years with a L50 of 33.9 cm FL. Instantaneous total mortality (Z) was estimated as 0.93 yr−1, while fishing mortality (F) was estimated to be 0.66 yr−1. Yield-per-recruit analysis indicated that pike in the Anzali Wetland seems to be growth-overfished under the current fishing regime with no management measures, and substantial increases in yield could be achieved by increasing the length at first harvest. The results indicated that management actions such as enforced legislation are required to obtain a better stock status and higher yield. Management could be more effective if the number of fishers and their catch could be controlled, e.g., through the allocation of fishing licenses.
Key words: Growth / Maturity / Maximum sustainable yield / Mortality / Overfishing / Yield-per-recruit
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