Effect of fish length and nutritional condition on the fecundity of distressed Atlantic cod Gadus morhua from the Baltic Sea.

Mion, M., Thorsen, A., Vitale, F., Dierking, Jan , Herrmann, J. P., Huwer, B., von Dewitz, Burkhard and Casini, M. (2018) Effect of fish length and nutritional condition on the fecundity of distressed Atlantic cod Gadus morhua from the Baltic Sea. Journal of Fish Biology, 92 (4). pp. 1016-1034. DOI 10.1111/jfb.13563.

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The disappearance of larger individuals and the decrease in individual body condition suffered by Atlantic cod Gadus morhua in the eastern Baltic during the past two decades can be expected to affect the stock reproductive output. To investigate this, female G. morhua were collected during the spawning and pre-spawning period in 2015-2016. The current individual potential fecundity (FP) of eastern Baltic G. morhua was estimated and analysed in relation to total length (LT) and indices of nutritional status such as body condition (K) and hepato-somatic index (IH) using generalized linear models. In addition, the current prevalence of atresia and its potential relation to K were investigated. Moreover, a calibration curve to estimate FP from oocyte diameter, based on the autodiametric oocyte counting method, was established for the first time for eastern Baltic G. morhua and can be used for future fecundity studies on this stock. The results showed that FP was mainly positively related to fish length, but K and IH also contributed significantly to the variation in FP. The model predicted that fish with K=1·2 have a FP 51% higher than fish of the same LT with K=0·8. The prevalence of fecundity regulation by atresia was 5·8%, but it was found only in fish in the pre-spawning maturity stage and with low K. Temporal changes in biological features such as the length composition and individual body condition of eastern Baltic G. morhua, should be accounted for when estimating stock reproductive potential.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: atresia; fish body condition; fish size; hepato-somatic index; potential fecundity; stock assessment
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1111/jfb.13563
ISSN: 0022-1112
Projects: BONUS BIO-C3
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 08:10
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 15:03
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/42162

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