Age, Growth and Reproductive Biology of the Common Two-Banded Seabream (Diplodus vulgaris Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1817) from the Northern Aegean Sea, Turkey


İŞMEN A., DABAN İ. B. , ARSLAN İHSANOĞLU M., YIĞIN C. Ç. , Cabbar K., Atak S.

THALASSAS, vol.35, no.2, pp.679-688, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s41208-019-00165-z
  • Journal Name: THALASSAS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.679-688

Abstract

The present study aims to describe population dynamics (age, growth, mortality and fecundity) of common two-banded seabream. Sampled individuals were obtained monthly between November 2017 and October 2018 directly from commercial fisherman in the Northern Aegean Sea. Ages were estimated from 327 otolith readings; the minimum and maximum ages observed were 1 and 8 years, respectively, corresponding to 13 and 29 cm total length (TL). The length-weight relationship was W = 0.0156*L-2.97 (R-2 = 0.92) for the whole population and isometric growth was detected. The growth parameters of Von Bertalanffy fitted to back-calculated size for age data were: L infinity = 30.69 cm, K = 0.20 and t(0) = -2.64 per year. The instantaneous rates of total mortality (Z) and natural mortality (M) were 0.86 and 0.47 per year, respectively. Rates of fishing mortality F and exploitation E were 0.39 and 0.35 per year, respectively. The spawning season extended from September to March and peaked in December. Total lengths at 50% maturity were 18.32 cm for males and 20.37 cm for females. Mean absolute fecundity (F) was 73,154 +/- 10,271 oocytes, ranging from 10,727 to 316,730.