Borrowing external information to estimate angler size selectivity

Model development and application to Murray cod

Daniel C. Gwinn, Gavin Butler, Brett Ingram, Scott Raymond, Mark Lintermans, Qifeng Ye

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Estimating the size selectivity of fishery users and sampling methods can be difficult to achieve due to data limitations. However, these limitations can be moderated by borrowed information from other sources such as other systems, times, and species. Here we develop a model that integrates an externally sourced boat electrofishing length– vulnerability model with internally sourced boat electrofishing and angling catch data to estimate length-dependent vulnerability of fish to angling in a data-limited situation. We apply the model to Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) as an example and show that angling for Murray cod selectively captures a narrow range of sizes that includes medium to large size fish. Although boat electrofishing also followed a similar pattern, the range of fish sizes vulnerable to capture was much broader, including a more uniform vulnerability of all size classes evaluated. Understanding the length selectivity to capture has key implications for effective determination of fisheries regulations, as well as interpreting monitoring data. Thus, we see this modelling approach as a good option when more informative data are not available to support the estimation process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


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