Handbook of fish age estimation protocols and validation methods

Type Article
Date 2019
Language English
Author(s) Vitale Francesca1, Worsoe Clausen Lotte2, Ni Chonchuir Grainne3
Contributor(s) Mahe KeligORCID, de Pontual HeleneORCID
Affiliation(s) 1 : Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, sweden
2 : ICES, denmark
3 : Marine Institute, Ireland Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway H91 R67, Ireland
Source ICES cooperative research report (1017-6195) (Conseil international pour l'exploration de la mer.), 2019 , N. 346 , P. 180p.
DOI 10.17895/ices.pub.5221
Note ISBN 978-87-7482-223-3

The Planning Group on Commercial Catch, Discards and Biological Sampling (PGCCDBS) 2012 was approached by the ICES Publications and Communications Group (PUBCOM) with the suggestion to combine the existing protocols on the age estimation of fish species within the ICES Area and publish them as an ICES Cooperative Research Report (CRR). This idea was received favourably by PGCCDBS. It was deemed important to (i) summarize the state of knowledge for key species, (ii) scrutinize, by peer review, the work done during the many calibration exercises, and, by doing so, (iii) promote an increase in quality. The aim of the present publication is to provide a comprehensive manual on the methodology of age estimation and validation and represents a collation of the state-of-the-art scientific work on the methods and validated age estimation of commercially exploited fish species across Europe. Having a collation of the latest methodologies by species grouping will also facilitate rapid and quality-assured development of methods suitable for new species.

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