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A daily fecundity reduction method was applied to Microstomus pacificus, commonly known as Dover sole, a pleuronectid flatfish of the upper continental slope (200 to 1,500 m) of the west coast of North America. This method was developed for estimating adult biomass of fishes with determinate annual fecundity and utilizes the daily decline in reproductive potential of the population and the numbers of planktonic eggs. Daily decline in reproductive potential was estimated from the decline of the product of the standing stock of advanced oocytes and the numbers of females with reproductively active ovaries. Daily production of planktonic eggs was estimated from the numbers of eggs in quantitative oblique plankton tows. We describe the survey design, data assembly, statistical estimation procedures, and the possible biases due to the limitation of surveys.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1993

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