Latitudinal and seasonal effects on growth of the Australian eastern king prawn (Melicertus plebejus)

Lloyd-Jones, Luke R., Wang, You-Gan, Courtney, Anthony J., Prosser, Andrew J., & Montgomery, Steven S. (2012) Latitudinal and seasonal effects on growth of the Australian eastern king prawn (Melicertus plebejus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69(9), pp. 1525-1538.

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The growth of the Australian eastern king prawn (Melicertus plebejus) is understood in greater detail by quantifying the latitudinal effect. The latitudinal effect is the change in the species' growth rate during migration. Mark-recapture data (N = 1635, latitude 22.21 degrees S-34.00 degrees S) presents northerly movement of the eastern king prawn, with New South Wales prawns showing substantial average movement of 140 km (standard deviation: 176 km) north. A generalized von Bertalanffy growth model framework is used to incorporate the latitudinal effect together with the canonical seasonal effect. Applying this method to eastern king prawn mark-recapture data guarantees consistent estimates for the latitudinal and seasonal effects. For M. plebejus, it was found that growth rate peaks on 25 and 29 January for males and females, respectively; is at a minimum on 27 and 31 July, respectively; and that the shape parameter, k (per year), changes by -0.0236 and -0.0556 every 1 degree of latitude south increase for males and females, respectively.

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ID Code: 90434
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: life-history puzzle, penaeus-plebejus, recapture data, western gulf, tiger prawns, fish growth, body-size, parameters, movements, models
DOI: 10.1139/f2012-072
ISSN: 0706-652X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 23:41
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 23:26

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