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Age and growth of the forkbeard Phycis phycis (Gadidae) from the Azorean archipelago, North Atlantic

  • Ana Rita Costa Abecasis (a1), Angela Canha (a1), Dália Reis (a1), Mário Rui Pinho (a1) and João Gil-Pereira (a1)...

The forkbeard Phycis phycis is one of the main target species of the demersal fishery in the Azores, north-eastern Atlantic. Age and growth of the forkbeard were studied using 477 otoliths from individuals caught between April 2000 and August 2004. Otoliths were burned and sectioned, a preparation method that improved the easiness of readings. Individuals ranged from 21 to 71 cm in total length, and their estimated ages between 2 and 18 years old. Forkbeard is a relatively slow growing, long lived species, that does not show sexual dimorphism in growth. The von Bertalanffy growth parameters estimated for the Azorean forkbeard were L = 79.64 cm, k = 0.09 yr−1 and t0 = −1.88 years.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: A.R.C. Abecasis, Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas, Universidade dos Açores, Cais de Santa Cruz, 9901-862 Horta, Portugal email:
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