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Analysis of an estuarine striped bass (Morone saxatilis) population: influence of density-dependent mortality between metamorphosis and recruitment
Kimmerer, W.J.; Cowan, J.H.; Miller, L.W.; Rose, K.A. (2000). Analysis of an estuarine striped bass (Morone saxatilis) population: influence of density-dependent mortality between metamorphosis and recruitment. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 57(2): 478-486. hdl.handle.net/10.1139/f99-273
In: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences = Journal canadien des sciences halieutiques et aquatiques. National Research Council Canada: Ottawa. ISSN 0706-652X, more
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Keywords
    Marine; Brackish water; Fresh water

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  • Kimmerer, W.J.
  • Cowan, J.H.
  • Miller, L.W.
  • Rose, K.A.

Abstract
    Compensation due to density-dependent mechanisms is essential for the maintenance of an exploited fish stock. Understanding compensation is important for understanding population regulation and responses to added mortality. We examined possible density-dependent effects on striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in the San Francisco Estuary. Three sets of data from sampling programs for young striped bass showed density-dependent mortality between 1 month of age and 8-12 months. The relationships between two indices of young striped bass abundance and recruitment at age 3 fit a Beverton-Holt function, also indicating density dependence. The carrying capacity, as determined by the asymptote of the Beverton-Holt curves, has declined over the last two to three decades. These results are consistent with a compensatory mechanism based on food limitation occurring after metamorphosis and with the decline in food resources observed in the estuary over the same period. The decline in striped bass over the last two to three decades may be partly due to this declining carrying capacity.

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