Scientia Marina, Vol 75, No 2 (2011)

Growth of young-of-the-year European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus, L.) in the Bay of Biscay


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2011.75n2227

Naroa Aldanondo
AZTI–Tecnalia, Marine Research Unit, Spain

Unai Cotano
AZTI–Tecnalia, Marine Research Unit, Spain

Egoitz Etxebeste
AZTI–Tecnalia, Marine Research Unit, Spain

Abstract


Otolith daily increment analysis was used to describe the first growth season of young-of-the-year anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus L.) in the Bay of Biscay. Anchovy larvae and juveniles were sampled during their growth season over a three year period (2004, 2005 and 2006). A logistic curve was fitted to the length at age data. At the end of the first year of growth, length was 168.3 mm, with a maximum growth rate of 1.85 mm day -1 for 73 days after hatching. Moreover, a Gompertz growth model was applied to estimate otolith growth parameters. At the end of the first year the otolith radius was 1759 μm, with a maximum growth increment of 22.19 μm day-1 observed 56 days after hatching. Standard length and otolith radius were closely related; however, this relationship showed a characteristic change from exponential in the larval stage to linear in the juvenile stage.

Keywords


Bay of Biscay; early life stage; European anchovy; fish length-otolith radius relationship; growth; otolith

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