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Age and Growth
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:21

In stock assessment the growth rate is often influential and accuracy and precision in estimates are important to ensure the assessment is as accurate as feasible.  For many years, OFP has undertaken research to establish the methods to age tropical tunas and estimate their growth rates and how the environment influences growth.  Most of our work has been applied to ageing tuna using cross sections of otoliths including bigeye, yellowfin and south pacific albacore using both daily increment and annual increment techniques.

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Trophic Dynamic
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 11:09

Understanding the structure and dynamics of pelagic ecosystems is critical to develop ecosystem approach to fisheries management. It allows assessing the impacts of fishing activities and environmental factors not only on target stocks but also on all other species including by-catch and protected species belonging to this ecosystem. The structure of the ecosystem is based on prey-predator relationships that are the most important interactions between species. Studying the trophic dynamic leads to the development of ecosystem models which provide the basis to test ecosystem-based management options and provide management and monitoring advices to the WCPFC and Pacific SIDS.

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Migration Patterns
Friday, 06 February 2009 10:48

Scientists place conventional plastic tags on tuna which provide information on growth, fishing mortality, natural mortality and movements when recaptured. These important population parameters are used to estimate the status of tuna stock and the impacts of fishing. Another form of tagging, using electronic tags, provide detailed information on fish movements in relation to their environment.

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