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Age and growth of albacore Thunnus alalunga in the North Pacific Ocean

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The age and growth of North Pacific albacore Thunnus alalunga were investigated using obliquely sectioned sagittal otoliths from samples of 126 females and 148 males. Otolith edge analysis indicated that the identified annulus in a sagittal otolith is primarily formed during the period from September to February. The assessments of the fish age at first annulus formation indicated that the first annulus represents an age of <1 year. This study presents an age estimate (0·75 years) for the formation of the first annulus. The oldest fish ages observed in this study were 10 years for females and 14 years for males. The von Bertalanffy growth parameters of females estimated were L = 103·5 cm in fork length (L F), K = 0·340 year−1 and t 0 = −0·53 years, and the parameters of males were L = 114·0 cm, K = 0·253 year−1 and t 0 = −1·01 years. Sexual size dimorphism between males and females seemed to occur after reaching sexual maturity. The coefficients of the power function for expressing the L F–mass relationship obtained from sex‐pooled data were a = 2·964 × 10−5 and b = 2·928.

Document Type: Regular Paper


Publication date: 2012-05-01

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