Compensatory density dependence in fish populations: importance, controversy, understanding and prognosis

  title={Compensatory density dependence in fish populations: importance, controversy, understanding and prognosis},
  author={Kenneth A. Rose and James H Cowan and Kirk O. Winemiller and Ransom A. Myers and Ray Hilborn},
  journal={Fish and Fisheries},
Density-dependent processes such as growth, survival, reproduction and movement are compensatory if their rates change in response to variation in population density (or numbers) such that they result in a slowed population growth rate at high densities and promote a numerical increase of the population at low densities. [] Key Method We analyse a spawner–recruit database to test the predictions about compensation and compensatory reserve that derive from a three-endpoint life-history framework designed for…

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