The use and performance of survey-based pre-recruit abundance indices for possible inclusion in stock assessments of coastal-dependent species

Type Article
Date 2020-09
Language English
Author(s) Le Pape Olivier1, Vermard YouenORCID2, Guitton Jerome1, Brown Elliot J.3, Van De Wolfshaar Karen E.4, Lipcius Romuald N.5, Stottrup Josianne G.3, Rose Kenneth A.6
Affiliation(s) 1 : Agrocampus Ouest, ESE, INRAE, Ecol & Ecosyst Hlth, F-35042 Rennes, France.
2 : IFREMER, Ecol & Models Fisheries Sci, EMH, Plouzane, France.
3 : Tech Univ Denmark, Natl Inst Aquat Resources DTU Aqua, Kemitorvet,Bldg 202, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmark.
4 : Wageningen Marine Res Ecol Dynam Grp, NL-1970 AB Ijmuiden, Netherlands.
5 : Virginia Inst Marine Sci, William & Mary, POB 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062 USA.
6 : Univ Maryland, Ctr Environm Sci, Horn Point Lab, POB 775, Cambridge, MD 21613 USA.
Source Ices Journal Of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford Univ Press), 2020-09 , Vol. 77 , N. 5 , P. 1953-1965
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa051
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Keyword(s) coastal nursery, forecast, juvenile habitat, recruitment, stock assessment, survey
Abstract We reviewed the use of survey-based pre-recruit abundance indices in short-term recruitment forecasts for fish species relying on coastal habitats at the juvenile stage and that are assessed by ICES. We collated information from stock assessment reports and from a questionnaire filled out by the stock assessors. Among the 78 stocks with juvenile coastal dependence, 49 use short-term forecasts in stock assessment. Survey-based pre-recruit abundance indices were available for 35 of these stocks, but only 14 were used to forecast recruitment. The questionnaire indicated that the limited use of survey-based pre-recruit abundance indices was primarily due to sampling inefficiency, which may preclude reliable recruitment estimates. The sampling is inefficient because the juvenile coastal distribution is outside the geographical area covered by large-scale surveys or targeted coastal surveys are conducted on limited spatial and temporal scales. However, our analysis of the relationship between survey-based pre-recruit indices and assessment-generated recruitment indices revealed that survey-based pre-recruit abundance indices were sufficiently accurate to provide useful information for predicting future recruitment. We recommend expansion of the use of survey-based indices of pre-recruit abundance in stock assessment and recruitment forecasting, and consideration of how to include juveniles in ongoing and future surveys.
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Le Pape Olivier, Vermard Youen, Guitton Jerome, Brown Elliot J., Van De Wolfshaar Karen E., Lipcius Romuald N., Stottrup Josianne G., Rose Kenneth A. (2020). The use and performance of survey-based pre-recruit abundance indices for possible inclusion in stock assessments of coastal-dependent species. Ices Journal Of Marine Science, 77(5), 1953-1965. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :