Histological Analysis Reveals Larger Size at Maturity for Southern Flounder with Implications for Biological Reference Points

@inproceedings{Midway2012HistologicalAR,
  title={Histological Analysis Reveals Larger Size at Maturity for Southern Flounder with Implications for Biological Reference Points},
  author={Stephen R Midway and Frederick Scott Scharf},
  year={2012}
}
Abstract For fish stocks managed using biological reference points based upon spawning biomass, it is critical to have accurate maturity schedules. We investigated size- and age-dependent patterns in maturity for southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma, a flatfish supporting valuable coastal fisheries in North Carolina and throughout its range. We evaluated both macroscopic and histological methods over two consecutive reproductive seasons. Histological analyses revealed that maturity… CONTINUE READING

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