Length-weight relationships of four finfish commercial species from the southern Gulf of Mexico

Iván Velázquez-Abunader, Thierry Brulé, Miguel A. A. Cabrera, Jorge A. A. López-Rocha

Submited: 2020-01-13 14:47:38 | Published: 2021-05-03 17:51:37

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol49-issue2-fulltext-2505

Abstract


The relationship between total length and total weight (LWR) of four commercial species of finfish captured in the southern Gulf of Mexico (Lachnolaimus maximus, Ocyurus chrysurus, Mycteroperca bonaci, and Mycteroperca microlepis) was estimated. Two of these species are captured in the region by the small-scale fleet, while the other two are targeted by small-scale and semi-industrial fleets using harpoons, handlines, and long-lines. For the assessment, the organisms were sampled at the landing decks in the study area in two periods: 1996-1999 (semi-industrial fleet) and from April 2017 to May 2018 (small-scale fleet). A total of 2780 individuals were sampled which 2775 individuals were used to obtain LWR functions. The four species showed negative allometric growth with b < 3 for the 2017-2018 period, two species showed positive allometric growth with b > 3 for the 1996-1999 period. This type of information is an important input for the stock assessment of these species that support important fisheries in the zone and are under high fishing pressure levels.

Velázquez-Abunader I, Brulé T, Cabrera M, López-Rocha J. Length-weight relationships of four finfish commercial species from the southern Gulf of Mexico. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2021;49(2): 369-375. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol49-issue2-fulltext-2505 [Accessed 18 Jun. 2021].
Velázquez-Abunader, I., Brulé, T., Cabrera, M., & López-Rocha, J. (2021). Length-weight relationships of four finfish commercial species from the southern Gulf of Mexico. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 49(2), 369-375. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol49-issue2-fulltext-2505