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Report of the Roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris) Otolith Exchange Scheme 2011

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posted on 2022-11-10, 11:08 authored by Kélig Mahé, Romain Elleboode, Hege Øverbø Hansen, Esther Román-Marcote, Eva Marull Hernández, Josefina Teruel Gómez, Mark Etherton

The roundnose grenadier (Coryphaenoides rupestris) Otolith Exchange 2011  was a second one after the exchange of 2007. It was composed by 2 sets  of otoliths from VIa(western Scotland ; n=64, the same as the exchange  2007 used one) sampled from January to June 2006 and otoliths from IIIa  (Skagerrak ; n=63) sampled from January 2011. 6 readers participated  from Spain (3 readers), UK England (1 reader), Norway (1 reader) and  France (1 reader). Only images of otoliths sections were used during  this exchange. The set of otoliths from VIa showed Coefficient of  Variation of 14.9% and percent agreement to modal age of 29.3%. The set  of otoliths from IIIa showed Coefficient of Variation of 22.6% and  percent agreement to modal age of 30.7%. These results from both areas  were very close to those from 2006. For the roundnose grenadier in the  western Scotland (VIa) and in the Skagerrak (IIIa), there was an  important bias between the readers and the modal age. In the western  Scotland, with the same sampling between 2007 and 2011, the level of  precision was very close in the 2 exchanges (2007 and 2011) but there  was a certainly bias between both modal ages and between 2 readings of  each reader. The sample from the Skagerrak was composed by younger fish  than those of the sample from the western Scotland but the results  showed the same bias. Sections of these otoliths remain definitively  very difficult to interpret. 



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