Investigating spatial heterogeneity of von Bertalanffy growth parameters to inform the stock structuration of common sole, Solea solea, in the Eastern English Channel
|Author(s)||Du Pontavice Hubert1, 2, Randon Marine1, Lehuta Sigrid3, Vermard Youen3, Savina-Rolland Marie2, 4|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : Univ Bretagne Loire, Agrocampus Quest, UMR Ecol & Ecosyst Hlth 985, CS 84215, F-35042 Rennes, France.
2 : IFREMER, Unite Halieut Manche Mer Nord, F-62321 Boulogne Sur Mer, France.
3 : IFREMER, Unite Ecol & Modeles Halieut, F-44311 Nantes 03, France.
4 : IFREMER, Sci & Technol Halieut, F-56100 Lorient, France.
|Source||Fisheries Research (0165-7836) (Elsevier Science Bv), 2018-11 , Vol. 207 , P. 28-36|
|WOS© Times Cited||8|
|Keyword(s)||Key-words, von Bertalanffy growth function, Stock structuration, Solea solea, Flatfish, Life-history traits, Metapopulation|
In fisheries science, a mismatch between the delineation of a fish stock and the underlying biological population can lead to inaccurate assessment and management. Previous results suggested a potential spatial structuration of the Eastern English Channel (EEC) stock of common sole, Solea solea, in three sub-populations. In this article, we propose to investigate the spatial population structure of common sole in the EEC using the von Bertalanffy Growth Function parameters as indicators of population segregation. In order to test the sub-population hypothesis and evaluate its robustness to data sources, we developed three models, all including an area effect on growth parameters. The first model was aimed at testing a potential data source effect (in addition to the area effect) using commercial and scientific survey data jointly. The two other models used either scientific survey or commercial fishery data and focused on spatial differences in growth parameters. Our results showed that the growth parameter estimates indeed differed depending on the type of data used, with higher estimated asymptotic length and length at age two (L2) using commercial data. They also highlighted spatial differences in asymptotic length, consistent between models, which tend to confirm a spatial structuration of sole in the EEC. While these results need to be strengthened by marking and genetic studies, they constitute a first step towards a better understanding of the population spatial structuration of common sole in the EEC.