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Identification of geographic origin of Norwegian spring-spawning herring (Clupea harengus L.) based on measurements of scale anuli
de Barros, P.; Holst, J.C. (1995). Identification of geographic origin of Norwegian spring-spawning herring (Clupea harengus L.) based on measurements of scale anuli. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer 52(5): 863-872
In: ICES Journal of Marine Science. Academic Press: Oxford. ISSN 1054-3139, more
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Keywords
    Clupeoid fisheries; Fishery management; Nursery grounds; Scale reading; Stock identification; Clupea harengus Linnaeus, 1758 [WoRMS]; ANE, Norway [Marine Regions]; PNE, Barents Sea [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • de Barros, P.
  • Holst, J.C.

Abstract
    The Norwegian spring-spawning herring stock is characterised by a highly variable recruitment. The juveniles are found from the fjords of west Norway to the north-eastern Barents Sea in a nursery area covering both temperate and boreal waters. High recruitment to the spawning stock is associated with year-classes that are mostly distributed in the Barents Sea as juveniles. The growth, maturation, and recruitment patterns of the fish spending their first years of life in the Barents Sea are distinct from those of the herring further south along the Norwegian west coast. For the management of this stock, it is important to identify the fish from the different nursery areas as they recruit to the fishery and the spawning stock. A method to discriminate the fish from the Barents Sea and the Norwegian west coast nursery areas is based on the width of the scale annuli. The success rate of the derived classification rule is estimated to be about 90%. The proportion of fish from each area in a sample can be estimated with a precision of sub(-) super(+) 4%.

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