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Title: Yield equations and indices for tropical freshwater fish populations.
Author: Ssentongo, George William
Degree Master of Science - MSc
Program Zoology
Copyright Date: 1971
Subject Keywords Freshwater fishes -- Tropics; Fish populations
Abstract: Simple algebraic relationships and yield equations that require the minimum of data are developed so as to enable quick and reliable assessments of relative rate of harvesting tropical freshwater fish populations. The age of a fish at the inflexion point is inversely related to the growth rate (K) and directly related to the natural logarithm of the weight length exponent (b). Algebraic relationships between the exponent of anabolism (m) and the weight length exponent are developed. Equations for estimating total mortality from age and length distributions in catch samples are given. Total mortality for both continuous and discrete recruitment are considered. The probability density function and the discrete probability function for a negative exponential are given. The effect of a number of variables on trawl catches is studied and some multiple regression equations which might be used to assess the relative degree of exploitation are presented. The parameters which have been recognized as vital to yield prediction are: the growth rate (K), the weight length exponent (b), the maximum length to which a fish grows (L∞) and the natural and total mortality rates. It is shown that one can replace age with a length expression in yield models and still have reliable yield predictions. It is also shown that a model with a few very relevant parameters, has almost the same predictive power as a model requiring more parameters.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/34234
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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